My god, this book goes against everything I stand for. However if I just judge it based on the writing and the story for what it is: it's extremely good. Set in the 40s after Pearl Harbor, shows the impact on war to a family. One of the best main characters is Benny who is a marine and takes care of the boys are best he can. The boys are trying to get back to their parents when their ship crashes. They now have to survive at sea with no supplies. A quick read, sure to be a favorite for boys. A stunning surprise at the end that I hope no one spoils for the others!!! Most young people will miss the nuances of patriotism. I'm sure because of my age it strikes at my core. I hate war, because each side feels justified for killing the other. Then you read the afterword and see that people shouldn't be so gung ho to defend their country because of the countries ungratefulness for their sacrifice. I think it will encourage conversation and deeper discussion on the benefits of following orders. Despite myself, I loved the book.
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