Saturday 11 August 2012


ISBN: 9780230738003
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 320
Formats Available: Hardback, Kindle

BLURB from Literature sent out by Macmillan

At the eye of the storm you discover the truth...

Reve and his sister Mi are alone in the world- their father is dead and their mother has abandoned them. Reve has to learn to be a man - to fight, to fish,to live. He must protect Mi from the rest of the world; she is special, hears voices, can see things. She can call down thunder. 
Travelling to the big city to search for their mother, Reve and Mi get sucked into the squalid underworld of the sprawling barrio, where danger lurks around every corner, and each day is a fight for survival.

I received an paperback of this book from Macmillan in exchange for my honest review and opinion on the book. 
I like the title and how it is displayed on the paperback. The phrase "Call Down Thunder" is used in describing the special voices that Mi can call forth. I also like the byline "At the eye of the storm you discover the truth..." it's quite cryptic, yet does fit the story line of the book really well. You will know what I mean when you read the book yourself.
I will say that this book is somewhat of a "slow burner" at the beginning and I really did find the way how the characters spoke irritating until I got engrossed into the plot of the book. Then once the speed picks up, it goes on at a decent pace.
I loved the way how Mi just "knew" things, and there's a funny part where Reve thinks Mi has used her "powers" when she hasn't, in fact there happens to be an obvious explanation for what happens. The book tells us about the village of Rinconda, and those that seek to exploit the villagers too. It tells us some of the story of "Sante Fe" who is Mi and Reve's runaway mother. We learn the truth of how her husband, Mi  and Reve's father died. 
I don't want to say much more as I don't wish to give away too much of the book. How to describe the experience of reading this book has been difficult, as it's not a light read, it has depth and requires you to stick with it and work your way through the incidents in the book. Having said that, I am not saying I didn't enjoy it as I did like it.
So did I like the BK? I did enjoy the book once I was caught by the story line. I think this book could be read by adults as well as teens. Will there be a BK 2.....not sure possibly because we don't learn "Santa Fe's" full story of how she ended up like she has. Also a second bk could feature Reve putting into action some of changes he would like to see in his village. Would I read a BK 2? Yes I would.Would I recommend this BK? the experienced, more serious reader.

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