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Title: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Awards: Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, #1 New York Times Bestseller,

Age Rating: 16+

Genre: Historical Fiction, some Romance

Year: 2014

Medium: Hardback

Pages: 530

Series: Stand alone

Other Books by This Author: About Grace, The Shell Collector, Memory Wall, Grace, Four Seasons in Rome

Stars: 5

Positive Review: I love Anthony Doerr's writing style, his use of metaphors and descriptive imagery create an enthralling story. This is the second time I have read All the Light We Cannot See, and it certainly won't be the last. I appreciated the flashbacks of the characters that provided insight to the events that were occurring in the story's present day. The character development, especially of the two main characters Werner and Marie-Laure, was flawless. As a reader, I was able to see these characters grow up and make hard choices that no child should be forced to make. 

Negative Review: At times, I was lost as to who was speaking in each chapter, for the characters' names were not mentioned with the titles. I'm also a romantic and hence would have preferred there was a bit more of it, though I am satisfied with the hint of love Anthony Doerr gave to his readers, it fit perfectly within the novel.

Overall Review: If you have not yet read this book, then you need to. This is a must read for almost everyone, whether you are a young adult or a mature individual, I think you will you will enjoy this read. There is something for everyone. It is a historical fiction based on WWII for those fond of history or combat novels. There is a hint of tragic romance that may leave much to be desired, but is still beautiful. All the Light We Cannot See is an enthralling story.

Summary: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of a thousand locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes bind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge. 

All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
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