The Last Year of the War

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Elise Sontag is a typical Iowan fourteen-year-old in 1943: aware of the war but far from its reach. Then, her father, a legal U.S. citizen for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The Sontag family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, which, in Elise’s eyes, is only made bearable by a fellow internee named Mariko, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles. Their friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she had before the war will soon be hers again.

The Last Year of the War is a wonderful read, especially considering the heavy topics included concerning World War II. Within the first couple of chapters I was totally engrossed with the novel itself, though I did find some chapters to not quite capture my attention, especially within the first three quarters, though, as the story progressed, The Last Year of the War seemed to capture my attention more and more. The pacing did seem a bit too slow, as I mentioned before, but the plot seemed to pick up and continued to pull me in. By far, one of the most enjoyable parts of the novel was how the story focuses on the lifelong friendship of Elise and Mariko, and how they seemingly never give up hope of seeing each other again, no matter how long it would take.

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Author Susan Meissner
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 389 pages
Publisher Berkeley Hardcover
Publish Date 2019-03-19
ISBN 9780451492159
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Issue June 2019
Category Historical Fiction


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