4 out of 4 stars
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The following is a re-review of Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family and Survival by David H. Rothman.
When coerced into serving in a terrorist organization, 15-year-old Lemba Adula has no choice but to obey his superiors or watch his parents die. The brilliant teen has a knack for learning technology and internet hacks, strengthening his talent for piloting drones. While Lemba dreams of using his skills for the greater good of his fellow Congolese people, the vile nature of the Purification Army leaders' tasks threatens to take away everything he holds dear. How will Lemba escape from the gun-worshipers who threaten his loved ones? And what effect will his time under their influence have on his promising future? Read Drone Child by David H. Rothman to learn these answers.
The foundation of a future full of hope and inspirational vision lies within the pages that share Lemba's heart-wrenching story. I loved how the author used this fictional memoir to open this reader's eyes to some of the devastations that face the Congolese people and the child soldiers used to propel the heinous agendas of terrorists. From the first page, the author uses the charming and lovable Lemba to reassure the reader that there is a happy ending despite the horrors of his tale. In this vein, the author revealed the heart of the issues he highlighted while removing the goriest details and establishing a fictional near-future context to set the foundation of this well-paced novel. He also used Lemba's inner conflict to lay out the possibilities of technology in both the hands of evil versus its use in the hands of those who wish to do good.
I appreciated how this book shared an engaging story about the Congolese people and how the author followed up with his research and personal note. I enjoyed reading the Author's Note and learning about the topic that inspired the book and the truths he aimed to portray in his writing. Beyond this section of the book, the author also provided an extensive list of questions that would enable in-depth discussions of the themes and concepts outlined in the story.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this excellent fictional memoir, and there was nothing that I disliked. Since this is a re-review of the book, I can confirm that Rothman corrected the typos I noticed in my first reading. The 187-page book was thoroughly edited, and I rate Drone Child four out of four stars.
Despite the content taking darker turns, the author carefully guided the reader through the worst of it tactfully and sensitively kept the story fascinating, eye-opening, and available to a broader range of readers. Therefore, I would recommend this book to mature teen readers and adults interested in the outcome of one 15-year-old's exploits as a child soldier and what became of him as he grew up. The book further includes the topic of sex slavery and covers some traumatic events related to the death of many innocent people but does not contain foul language or erotic content.
Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family and Survival
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