Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The White Rose - YA Book Review

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When we left off in The Jewel, Ash and Violet had been caught. And that's all I'm going to say about that in case you haven't read it.

Now Ash and Violet are on the run, but it's a good thing they've got help because if they're caught, they're dead. As they make their way to safety, they make some new friends and learn about a secret group by a mystery man named The Black Key. And Violet might have some special talents that could aid this group in bringing down the Royals.

I wonder if the author got the title of the second book in this series from the Nazi Germany-era resistance group called the White Rose that called for active opposition to Adolf Hitler's regime. The characters in this book are also fighting against a terrible regime, a regime that promotes human trafficking, the medial experimentation and murder of innocent people, and the exploitation of poor people. While this book is fiction, it definitely has roots in historical past and present, and I hope that teens who read this book are able to make those connections and realize that they, too, can "rage against the machine" to bring down governments or organizations that try to take away the individual rights of human beings.

This book is for ages 14 and up, and there really isn't anything inappropriate in it.

The White Rose is published by HarperTeen and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free autographed advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.

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