Thursday, January 10, 2013
REVIEW: A World Between Us by Lydia Syson
And when A World Between Us arrived, I decided not to delay any more and just to dive right into it. And right from the very beginning, I was absolutely fascinated by this book. I think Lydia Syson does an incredible job balancing the story of this book told from the perspectives of its three main characters and also giving the reader a good sense of historical detail and what it would have been like during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. This is a time period that I know absolutely *nothing* about, but I was gripped by it all. I found each detail about the horrors of war, the response from the media, and the many ways in which this war changed the lives of many people to be hugely interesting. I didn't want to stop reading this book and I read most of it in one sitting.
I truly loved each of the three main characters within this book. First, there's Felix, a young nurse who on her way home one day stumbles into an anti-fascist protest in London. There, she meets Nat, this passionate guy who believes he can help the Republicans in Spain fight against the fascist regime of Franco. When Felix has the chance to follow Nat to Spain and volunteer as a nurse to help in this civil war, she does so not quite knowing the full extent of the horrors she will face there. And as Felix has followed Nat to Spain, so George follows Felix. George is an old family friend, someone who Felix has known for awhile but she has seemed to miss all the signs of his growing feelings for her until just before Felix flees to Spain. George manages to change his work assignment and ends up in Spain as a foreign correspondent covering the war.
I can hardly describe how much I loved this book or why. I really fell for each of the characters and I was fascinated by the experiences that they each have. I loved seeing this war from three very different points of view. I thought the relationships between George and Felix and Felix and Nat were done very sweetly and these three really made my heart ache. This book began with some excitement and adventure and romance and it was very interesting to see how much the war takes out of all three of these characters and to see how each of their feelings begin to change. Right to the very last page, I found myself very emotionally invested in George and Felix and Nat and also about their shared cause of anti-fascism in Spain. Because I knew nothing about this Civil War previous to this book, I really didn't know how it would all end up!
I finished A World Between Us by Lydia Syson with a happy smile on my face despite the tears. I'm really glad to have read it, to have gained a bit more historical knowledge than I had before and I finished the book absolutely inspired to read more about the Spanish Civil War and also to read more about history in general. I love being inspired in this way. A huge thank you to Hot Key Books and to Lydia Syson for this. This book is out now, I highly recommend that you read it!