3 out of 4 stars
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“There was no magic cure, just a willingness to act in spite of being afraid.” Nothing can describe the discrimination, our world is facing today, better than the above line. Paul Drewitt’s book Karinya unveils the same issue of racial discrimination in Australia. Written in simple yet in a powerful way, the book takes you to the outskirts of Kiranya region, where 17 years old Kirra finally decides to take a step against the injustice, the Aboriginal people were suffering from.
Written in a no-nonsense, straightforward way, and in first-person, the plot of the story makes you root for the protagonists. You can sense the hardships of the people in their everyday lives yet with a hope that things will get better. Any person who likes to read books about politics, injustice, discrimination and how people fight to take their rights back should really give this book a try.
The story also has funny and caring interactions like, “He was all I had in the world and I’d defend him with a baseball bat.” With the point of view of a 17 years old girl and how she perceives the reality, it makes one wonder about the things we take for granted and even though it can be difficult to change the world, it is not impossible. While the problem faced by the protagonists in the story was a big one, the author tried his best to come with simple yet effective ways to overcome it, which people can actually use in real life to face the similar situation. The story also stresses about the importance of family bonds and community unity which is really important for the world peace and how one can fight the world just to protect their loved ones. Still the reader can find some flaws in the story.
A lot of times the same phrases were being repeated, making it look like the protagonist can’t think of anything else. Sometimes the language was also too informal and harsh. But despite these, readers can expect a good read from this book.
I would like to rate the book a 3 out of 4 as it covers a major worldwide issue and throws light upon it. Reading is also easy and can entertain a wide-variety of audience. It fills you up with a feeling of righteous, to stand against the wrong-doing and that age doesn’t matter when it comes to do something worthwhile and life-changing. I would like to end this with a quote from the book, “We need radical ideas to create radical changes. It was the key to creating change and improving life for the better.”
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