Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Book Review

About the Book

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content from the author. (Goodreads)

My Review

 Note: There is some language and topics such as prostitution are throughout the book. This is not a Christian book just so my usual readers are aware. 

 I read this book because I wanted something different. This book is very well written and created a pretty good picture of what was going on in my mind. While this book came out in 2013, is still seems to be pretty popular. I liked the first part of the book and learning about the characters, Havaa and Akhmed. I know nothing about Chechnya or the Russian soldiers that set fire to Havaa's home. I think that's what intrigued me the most, this book was a constant gain of knowledge for me. There are two stories in this book that combine into one and there is a little time line bar at the top of each chapter so the reader wouldn't get confused. I wish more books were like this because it was really helpful!
Overall this book takes you to an unknown place out of your comfort zone and carries you through a beautiful story. 
That being said, I do think the book got a bit wordy at times.

Three to four stars.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

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