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Reviewed by: Martin, grade 12

3/5

Warlight is a story that takes place in post-WW2, 1945 United Kingdom. Nathaniel is a 14-year-old boy who is left with his sister, Rachel to live with a strange man named ‘The Moth’ after both parents leave them to go to Singapore for a year. The Moth would invite people into their house including a man nicknamed the Darter. Nathaniel learns that the Darter illegally imports Greyhounds into England that are used for the primary purpose of hound racing and he decides to help him during the summer months. Flash forward to 1959, Nathaniel is accepted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the U.K to participate in the censorship of post-WW2 espionage missions so that they are not released to the public, known as the Silent Correction. He takes the job so he could discover more about who his mother was. He learns about what his mother did during the Cold War as well as learn more about who the Darter really is and what he did.

What I liked about the book was the relationship that Nathaniel and the Darter had when Nathaniel was working with him. The Darter told him stories about his adventures ferrying dogs from France across the English Channel into the U.K. Nathaniel learning about his mother’s past was also interesting and makes you think why she would risk her life to save her children. As well as why did Nathaniel not spend time with his sister after he got back from the U.S from boarding school, considering he knew about her career in theatre and could have visited anytime, making you believe that he cared more about learning of the past instead of focusing on the present.

The major problem I found with the book was that the structure of the plot was set up in a strange way that was hard to follow, jumping from one point to another too quickly for myself to follow, making it very distracting and hard to comprehend what was happening at times. It is recommended to read the book in a small-time frame to fully grasp everything that is happening.

Warlight is a book that delves into how people lived and thought after the end of the Second World War. A time full of censorship and questioning about why things happen but never fully getting the answers you want. About how war can tear a family apart, even after the war is over. If you enjoy learning about the motives of why censorship happens and how it impacts people’s lives, then this would be a good book. Otherwise, if you are a slower reader and need more time to interpret the messages of a book, Warlight may not have been my favourite book, but if you enjoy learning about motivations behind why people do what they do, it is a fairly good book to read.

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