Sand Queen

Sand Queen

by Helen Benedict
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Sand Queen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Meg-ABookishAffair More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you come across books that you just don't really know what to make of them. I got this book from Netgalley because I was intrigued by the story line. I can't think of any other fiction books off the top of my head that cover the experience of a female soldier on the front lines. I definitely liked the story. It was interesting to see what both Naema and Kate go through and how they deal with it. I don't know much about what female soldiers deal with as a whole but Kate seems to have the worst out of anything I've ever heard. At first before I realized how much research Benedict had done on female soldiers, I was like "wow, this seems to be exaggerated." I guess most of my experience is with female officers instead of female enlisted so maybe my perception was skewed. Another thing, the book often reads like a non-fiction. You all know that I read a good mix of fiction and non-fiction but when I read fiction, I want it to feel like fiction. I want description. I want feelings. Fact is fine but not in an overdose. I would have liked see more showing and not so much telling. On the other hand, I couldn't put the book down. One really neat element that Benedict uses to pull the reader in is a sort of ambiguous scene at the end of each of Kate's sections where the reader can kind of see foreshadowing of a huge event happening and little by little, the pieces begin to come together. Bottom line: The good outweighs the bad in this one.