Book: Unbroken

Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Rating: 4/5

Unbroken-Laura Hillenbrand

The fascinating book of Unbroken tells the tale of Louie Zamperini, an American runner and army pilot. At the height of World War II, Zamperini is pulled away from his goal of running in the Olympics a second time, and is drafted into the war. After much training, he is sent to Hawaii as a pilot. Life as a pilot was good: go on a few flights, drink a beer, play cards with your friends. Unfortunately, that all went down the drain very quickly. After a series of unfortunate events, Zamperini found himself and two others floating without food or water towards Japanese waters. Life isn’t done with him yet, though. He will be put to the test multiple times: harsh conditions and the meanest of the camp controllers are sent his way.

Social/Historical context:

The setting changes multiple times: Zamperini’s small hometown, training camps, his plane, The Superman, and multiple Prisoner of War camps, just to name a few. All the settings go to show the true perseverance of humans. Over the time of, and surrounding World War II, you see how life throws multiple challenges at you, and some might seem like you won’t be able to pull through. However, if you persevere, you will always come out on the other side. This message made the story just that much more interesting once you realized it was there.

Writing Style:

The language is rich and easy to follow, although at some times Hillenbrand skipped large periods of time. This might have been because of lack of of facts, or the story got uninteresting at some points but it would have been nice to have at least a little bit of what happened during those periods of time.

My Thoughts:

This book was amazing. The amount of detail was impressive and I can’t imagine how much research Hillenbrand had to do to write this book. She told the story in an engaging and suspenseful way, and despite being a true story, you could have no idea what was going to happen next. As I was reading, I could clearly picture the setting, and even his early life was not as boring as some non-fictions can be. This book is so engaging that I had a hard time putting it down and found myself shushing anyone who tried to approach me. I would recommend this book for a more mature audience - thirteen year olds and up - as it is a more mature manner and can get graphic at some points. I give this book a definite four out of five stars.

Book Reviewed By Josephine Adams

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