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Review by Suze
Lina lives in Baghdad. The city she loves is now being ruined by bombs. Lina is the daughter of a man and a woman who loved each other very much, but never had it easy. Lina's mother is missing. The secret police took her away and Lina doesn't know what happened to her afterwards. Lina has to get used to less freedom. She has to wear different clothes and getting an education like she planned is more complicated. She's smart, but that's not enough anymore. The lives of Lina's loved ones are under constant threat and that's taking its toll.
Lina's mother had a very special necklace, the symbol of love between her and Lina's father. Because of not knowing moving on is hard and Lina and her father stay in a country where it's dangerous for them to be. War won't last forever though, so there's also still hope, will Lina be able to survive this scary time? Will she find out more about the whereabouts and destiny of her mother? She has some very difficult choices to make. What will happen to Lina in these uncertain times of war?
A Brighter Fear is an impressive emotional story. Lina is smart, she's brave and she is kind. It was heartbreaking to read about the devastating effects of war and that often brought tears to my eyes. Lina is daring, she wants to live even if it means doing things that scare her. I loved that about her. The war brings insecurities, new rules and shocking news, but Lina is still a regular young girl and she doesn't let herself be ruled by fear. She has the same wishes she always had. She dreams of university and she wants to fall in love. She's resilient and makes the best of every situation. I admired her courage and think she's an amazing main character.
Kerry Drewery's writing flows easily and I loved the message she has for her readers. Love is the most important thing there is. It's what will never cease to exist, even when there's fighting and when there are bombs, it still remains the most valuable thing in people's lives. This strong basic idea is what makes A Brither Fear so special. It's an amazing story with a beautiful surprising ending. I loved Lina and am glad I had the chance to read about such a memorable main character.