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Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    I've loved Ishmael Beah's writing ever since I read his memoir A

    I've loved Ishmael Beah's writing ever since I read his memoir A Long Way Gone back in college. His memoir was heart-breaking but an open look at child soldiers.

    In Radiance of Tomorrow, readers are introduced to life after war. The residents of Imperi thought they would never be affected by war. All reports were that skirmishes were hundreds of miles away. However, their world is shattered one day during a "No Living Thing" raid. As the name suggests, no living thing is meant to survive. Men, women, children, elderly - everyone must die.

    Readers learn all of this throughout the book. The story/novel begins seven years after the attack on Imperi when residents are beginning to return. Nothing is as it seems anymore. Two former residents spend days trying to rid Imperi of bones of the deceased. The question of whether or not your loved ones survived is constantly on their minds. Can they recognize their children or grandchildren by their bones?

    What follows is a chilling account of the residents trying to return to the "old ways" of Imperi. Though they start a routine, it doesn't last long. A mining company moves in and the government ignores any complaints the residents make against the company. Radiance of Tomorrow is a startling look at how war is not just comprised of the battles fought, but also the rebuilding that comes after. Can a town/village/people/person every truly recover from war?

    I know what I wanted this book to be when I started reading it. I wanted it to be reassurance that life gets better or easier after war. However, Beah accepts reality. Life is rarely ever easy and war is disastrous. His characters face the harsh reality that no one will save them, if they want life to change then they must make the changes. Life isn't easy, the difficulties just change.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    One of the very best books I've read this year. Page turner with

    One of the very best books I've read this year. Page turner with a great deal of sympathy for the characters. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Good book

    Made me think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Great read

    Lve it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    fantasic book

    fantasic book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Rosekit

    Go to hunting res 9 he will be there

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Rosekit

    Oh crap i run back

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 18, 2014

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