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Friday 21 October 2016

Review: A World Between Us

I knew zippo about the Spanish Civil War that preceded World War II, had no idea volunteers from around the world flocked there to prevent Franco from taking over as Dictator ruler. Until I read A World Between us. Through Felix, Nat and George, this world springs off the page into vibrant, gritty detail. 

Unable to explain to family or friends, Felix runs away to volunteer as a nurse in the hope she might find Nat in Spain. She battles alongside medical colleagues to save patients with a minimum of resources. Meanwhile, Nat and fellow untrained volunteers receive a hero’s welcome on Spanish soil. He worries he will go into battle with a useless wooden replica of a rifle. George, originally in Spain only to search for Felix, is confronted by truths Britain doesn’t want to hear.

A World Between us is a highly readable epic that includes romance and betrayal. Be warned, not everyone survives. This is a fantastic introduction to a complicated civil war.

Title: A World Between Us
Author: Lydia Syson
Publisher: Hot Key Books, $16.95 RRP

Publication Date: 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471400094
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult Fiction