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In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky... and the mysteries of loveIn a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky... and the mysteries of love and loss....

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Mother Earth Father Sky Reviews

  • LynnDavidson
    2019-04-24 07:36

    Mother Earth Father Sky is the first book in a trilogy that takes us into the lives of an ancient North American people in Alaska. If that sounds boring, don’t be fooled.To be honest, I hardly know what to say about this book. At the writing of this review (first posted on my blog), having just finished reading it I’m barely back to the here-and-now, and the story of Chagak is still fresh in my mind. To say that Sue Harrison wrote an amazing prehistoric fiction novel scarcely describes what she masterfully accomplished. Over the course of nine years she studied, researched and lived in her creative mind the tale of a long ago culture in Alaska, focusing on one Aleut woman’s struggle to survive and overcome a very harsh reality. That woman, Chagak, lived in a primitive time consisting of warrior tribes, legends, crude customs, myths, and magic, but also love, family ties, and community. The author made it all come alive through the power of the written word in a very easy-to-read style. I was held from the beginning of this book to its last page – left wanting to read more about the people I had come to know.This book is not newly released but was published in 1990. I was fortunate to be gifted a copy and I’m so glad to have received it. If you come across Mother Earth Father Sky and you are not offended by the cruel reality and graphic descriptions of the belief system of prehistoric man, then do grab the opportunity to read this book.

  • Candi
    2019-05-03 01:40

    Set in 7056 BC, this was a fascinating look at the prehistoric inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands. I learned quite a bit about their customs, beliefs and hardships, which is what I liked most about this book. I loved reading about the survival skills and the respect the people had towards nature and all its gifts. I admired the young teenage girl, Chagak, who lost her entire family during a massacre of her village at the beginning of the book. She showed such strength and determination. The old man, Shuganan, was an interesting character, with his spiritual and mystical aura. He was a man of peace, rather than violence, and his abundance of wisdom helped Chagak grow even more as a woman. I recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction and Native American culture. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars.

  • Alexis
    2019-04-28 07:34

    This is the first book in one of my most favorite series in the world. And the first time I truly fell in love with a book. I read this when I was a teenager and I still often go back to reread it. In fact, this may be my favorite story (the trilogy as a whole) - I was fortunate to have a good boyfriend who bought me the three hardcovers signed by the author especially for my birthday!Chagak, the main character, lives in a world about 9000 years ago in the frigid Aleutian islands off the coast of Alaska. The story is based on her fictional life set in a very real primitive culture. Her people survive through harsh winters, rogue waves, volcanic activity, tribal fighting and any other hazard imaginable. It is an unusual experience to have this culture so richly painted and to see life through this young woman's eyes. She is a quiet heroine - she is not a warrior princess or doesn't possess any special powers - she is just a strong young woman who adapts to her difficult circumstances and not only survives, but thrives, growing from a girl to a woman. The writing is good that you have vivid images of the setting in your head, you can feel the softness of the clothing, and almost taste the prepared foods. You get a very real sense of the culture without judging them at the same time. The story makes you want to know more of this time and this area. And I definitely recommend finishing this trilogy as it only gets better...

  • Teri
    2019-05-01 05:41

    I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it. The author spent 4 years researching the Aleut people and then put together a fabulous trilogy. Her writing is excellent-visual, and I fell right into the book. I had trouble finding the books, but Sue Harrison has a website now so you can order directly from her. I have just finished reading, and it was as good as I remembered.

  • Sonja Arlow
    2019-05-18 01:42

    3 1/2 starsThis is a story of Chagak, a young woman who at the brink of womanhood, loses her entire tribe to a group of killers known as the Short Ones. Along with her infant brother she tries to find a way to survive. Woman are not hunters in this civilization, their “spirit” is not strong enough, so when Chagak lands on a beach that belongs to an old man called Shuganan, her hopes of survival increases.Shuganan is an outcast, a man with the power of capturing spirits in little figurines and is clearly in need of companionship and family.Chagak fills the role of surrogate granddaughter admirably but their lives are harsh and difficult and full of tragedy. The descriptions of hunting, housing and honouring spirits formed a central part of the story however I would have liked to understand the dynamics and politics between the different tribes better. Perhaps that will be elaborated on in the sequel. Its impossible not to compare this to The Clan of the Cave Bear as both are novels are set in prehistoric time. I think Clan is a faster paced and slightly more interesting in its elaborative details however Chagak was portrayed in a more honest light than Ayla (from The Clan of the Cave Bear) who always seemed to magically know how to do anything. I don't want to give away too much information, but the book is worth the read if you have an interest in prehistoric novels. PS: My advice is to listen to it on audio rather than reading the printed version.

  • Iset
    2019-05-11 08:25

    A decent stone age novel, at last! I have to say I really rather enjoyed this one. It opened strongly, grabbing onto my interest, and it kept a hold of it by adding more twists and obstacles that got me desperately rooting for the protagonist, Chagak, and wanting to find out the resolution. The descriptions are vivid without being overly long – and in this respect Mother Earth Father Sky is, I would say, better than Clan of the Cave Bear. Speaking of Clan of the Cave Bear, I think the two books are definitely comparable in quality – and when I say that I refer only to the first book, not the later book’s in Jean Auel’s series. Both feature compelling plots with plenty of obstacles to overcome, although this book may have the edge in being more concisely expressed.However, that said, I didn’t think Mother Earth Father Sky was amazing. In the final third of the book the protagonists have overcome the most pressing obstacles in their path, and it’s an easier ride to the end; likewise I had less reason to worry about what was happening. There was never any doubt in my mind that (view spoiler)[Chagak’s tribes would overcome the evil tribe, or that both she and Kayugh would overcome their mutual sorrows to find love. (hide spoiler)] As a result, I admit I switched off a bit and found myself skimming a little at the end. Still, I’m pleased at last to have found a stone age novel that isn’t dry as dust, filled with purple prose, or containing New Age pseudoscience – it’s been a long time of searching.7 out of 10.

  • Janie
    2019-05-18 01:22

    I won't summarize this book since others have written some very good synopses already. I'll just talk about what grabbed me.Harrison's rich prose describes a civilization she has obviously researched very carefully. I was caught up right away in the lives of a Native American tribe and enjoying the read when BANG! the end of the first chapter one stuns you as though someone swung a whalebone club over your head. From then on, the tension never lets up as the main character Chagak struggles to survive: first for her brother, then for the old man who becomes her surrogate grandfather, then for her own child.This book is not only a pleasure to read, it's an education. I haven't studied anthropology much, or the lives of the Pacific NW tribes who live in the Aleutian islands. This book brings home the beauty and dangers of the islands. Chagak and her people are amazingly resourceful, making use of every plant and animal available to them. They are always keenly aware that the sea and wind can turn on them in a moment, robbing them of their homes and lives. By the end of the book, I felt so much respect for these early people, for their ingenuity and self-sufficiency, their knowledge of nature.

  • Raegan
    2019-04-28 05:20

    Being a fantasy lover, I chose this book to take a break from my usual genre. I remembered liking "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Sweetgrass" as a child -- so I thought I would like this one. Though, my interest was low in the beginning, I'm so glad I stuck with it. Nearing the final pages, I can't put it down. I will go on to the next book. If you're looking for a change, I highly recommend the step out of your comfort zone to Chagak's world. Enjoy!

  • Erin
    2019-05-07 08:16

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Prehistories are for a hard sell for me. I don't know why, but they are difficult for me to get into so when I manage to find one that holds my interest, I tend to take notice which brings me to Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison. Like Song of the River, this piece is character heavy, but what is so remarkable is how distinct, well-rounded and realistic each cast member feels. I can't imagine what goes into painting the motivations, personality and emotional struggles of so characters so vividly, but Harrison's effort certainly isn't wasted. In point of fact, I feel the authentic quality of her cast is what makes not just this piece, but her entire body of work so exceptional. Speaking of relatable characters, I should probably mention my attraction to Chagak. Her path is a difficult one, but as a woman who had to overcome sexual abuse, I really admire Harrison for creating a character that doesn't allow the experience to define her life. I've seen authors attempt this story line before, but can honestly say few have pulled it off as well. Strong characterization isn't the only aspect of Harrison's work worth mentioning. Her books are long, but they are also overflowing with cultural history. I might be going out on a limb, but I think it safe to say Harrison puts as much into her research as she does developing her plot lines and her cast. Her understanding and respect for the indigenous people of North America emanates from every page, making her work as intriguing as it is entertaining. All told, Mother Earth Father Sky is a beautiful story of perseverance and strength amidst incredible hardship, as notable for its content as its flawless presentation.

  • Awallens
    2019-05-19 02:42

    In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Survivingthe brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerfulsecrets of the earth and sky... and the mysteries of love and loss.At first I compared this book to the Clan of the Cave Bear series, but with a more realistic heroine. But those comparisons began to fade in my mind as I read, and I am greatful they did. this is a refreshing look at the life of a prehistoric troop of people and how they were ordinary in many ways. Definitely recommended for historical fiction nuts like myself.

  • Mawgojzeta
    2019-04-26 03:16

    The first book in the "Ivory Carver Trilogy". Wonderfully written and totally engaging.Read this excerpt" "See me," Chagak wanted to shout to the spirits, to the great mountain Aka that watched over their village. "This girl is woman now. Surely, in her rejoicing you will bring our hunters back from the sea. Surely you will not let us become a village of women and children." But only men were allowed to call to the spirits. So Chagak stretched out her arms but held back the words that pressed full and tight between her tongue and the roof of her mouth.

  • Vivian Ann
    2019-05-16 04:22

    Book 1 of the Ivory Carver Trilogy. The journey begins and by goodness it's a powerful one. There is no other writer like Sue Harrison out there. I love this trilogy.My Sister The Moon - is book 2 in the trilogy - and even better...Brother Wind -last book in the Ivory Carver Trilogy, closes the story up.If your looking for a new way to have a story told to you,then Sue Harrison is the author to do it. You wouldn't ever regret reading this trilogy.

  • Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
    2019-05-05 07:40

    Definitely enjoyed the story about the hardships in prehistory. Chagak was an interesting character, fierce, but lived with fear.Many aspects of early history were weaved throughout the story from the daily life to the animistic beliefs and the barbarism of one tribal unit towards another. I will continue reading the series as it has a good pace with historical tidbits though out.

  • michelle
    2019-04-29 01:30

    It takes an amazing author to write a book that can make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. This book did just that. As soon as I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down, and Chagak became a part of me.

  • Laurel
    2019-05-04 05:23

    Mother Earth, Father Sky is an engaging book with a story line that remains heavy through out much of the book. As a young woman, just come of age, the main character is looking forward to marriage when she becomes a witnesses to the slaughter of her entire village, save all but her youngest brother. After burying everyone, she sets off to find her grandfather's tribe, The Whale Hunters. But her journey is side-tracked when she spends the night on a beach where she discovers an elderly, but wise and mysterious man and stays. Her youngest brother, just an infant, soon dies for lack of food. Before long, in a cruel turn of events, she is reunited with a man who was one of the murdering band that killed her family, from a tribe she learns is called The Short Ones. She is eventually forced to marry him. By the time she and the old man manage to kill him, she has been impregnated by him in a savage introduction to sex on her wedding night and remains undecided for some time as to whether she will allow this child to live or not.But live the child does and eventually she saves the motherless son of a guest to their island by becoming his wet nurse. In an effort to warn the Whale Hunters of their impending danger from the Short Ones, she, the old man and their guests travel to this other tribe, where new challenges, dangers and another vicious encounter with The Short Ones transpires.Yes, there was a point where I could barely stand the tragic events that followed, one on the heels of the other for what seemed like forever. But the depth of character given the young woman, the old man and several other main players in the story, and the many insights into the culture, beliefs and lifestyle of the people who inhabited the region was a strong enticement to keep going. The reader's tenacity is eventually rewarded as, after further hardships, our protagonist reaches satisfying decisions and a better life. One of the most interesting theories put forth in the book is the story of how The Short Ones came to be the first tribe to become hunters and killers of men rather than just animals. Other fascinating facts about how extremely resourceful and "green", to use one of today's buzzwords, the people of that time had become, gives us a good look at how a world with very little in the way of tools, was utilized so fully that pretty much nothing went to waste. Likewise, the astonishing number of skills a child developed by the age of manhood or womanhood, [Age 12 to 13]was remarkable. Not to mention their grasp of the nature of life and their understanding of the plants and animals around them was pretty much complete by the time they entered adolescence, which was, for them, actually adulthood.In the end, we have a story populated by people whose lives we could barely be expected to relate to. And yet, so richly are they fleshed out by the author, that like me, you'll probably find people that you know today who's personalities and moral fiber are seen in these prehistoric people. Humans may have evolved tremendously, but it would seem that certain elements of human nature have been around forever.And therein lies the ability of Mother Earth,Father Sky to bring us characters we can truly relate to and empathize with.

  • Carole Rae
    2019-04-21 08:39

    Like earlier stated, I was given this book to read and give my unbiased and honest opinion.This is the first book of the Ivory Carver Trilogy and I am drooling to read the next two! Eeeek! I'm not really sure what the next two books are about (be it Chagak or other characters). I would really like to learn more about Blue Shell. I want her to have her happily ever after and we all know she deserves better then stupid the stupid and cowardly husband she has now. He is not only weak and cowardly, but he is mean and hurts her. I really liked Blue Shell and I hope in the next two books she gets her HEA. Some people label this as a "YA" novel. I don't see it at all...its rather graphic at some points and I don't think I would let a child under 14 read this...so I guess 14+ are Young Adults. IDK. It did win an award for Best Book for YA in 1991. Soooo I guess parents don't mind, but there are a few scenes are rather graphic....but oh well...what do I know....Anyways....I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so hard to put it down, but I had no choice due to me being so busy the last week and change. It was SUCH a good read. At some points I was so into the text I thought I was watching a movie and I would give commentary and Boyfriend would look at me strange, so I would have to inform him what happened and give him the back-story. Sue Harrison just sucked me up into this world from page one. Yes, there was a LOT of details, but it was necessary to understand the world and get a good grasp on the ancient society. I especially am grateful for the wonderful details included, because my knowledge on the Aleut tribes is limited. I know a lot about many tribes, but my knowledge base in pretty much nonexist. However, due to Sue Harrison not only did I learn a lot, but I have done my own research after the book was done. It's so great when an author makes you want to learn more.The characters were well written. Chagak was a strong woman and I applaud her. She went through some emotional stuff for being a young adult herself. She had just became a woman and she lost EVERYTHING. So sad. So, so sad. I felt really connected with Chagak (and Blue Shell for some reason). Which is odd that I emotionally connected with more then one character. In the end, I adored this book. This book is defiantly up for "Top Book of the Year" for me. Haha. Can't wait to read more in the trilogy and in this time period. It was wonderfully written and I can't really think of anything negative at this point in time. I do, however, disagree that this is shoved in with the YA genre as well as the HF due to the few scenes that are pretty graphic. Oh well. I do recommend this to those that love Historical Fiction, Native History, history (in general), and for those looking to shake up their reading shelves. I shall stamp this with 5 stars. Woot! Woot!Favorite Character(s): Chagak, Blue Shell, Crooked Nose, Seal Stalker, and Many WhalesNot-so Favorite Character(s): Blue Shell's husband & Man-who-Kills (I wonder why....)

  • Margaret
    2019-04-30 07:41

    Originally published in 1985 this is the first book in a trilogy. I have been on a wonderful ride lately with books that have grabbed my attention right away and kept it till the every end. Books about young girls, their struggles, their fears as they grow up very quickly in tragic circumstances. Mother End Father Sky is set in a time period that I rarely read and I am happy to say that my wonderful reading streak is still going strong.Taking place in prehistoric Alaska, this book did not disappoint! Not only was it a really good read but an educational one as well. The rich detail into the history of the land, the way of life and the cultural lifestyle of the different villages shows that the author did a ton of research to make this novel. And I have so much respect for authors that spend so much time on research and delivering it such a believable and entertaining manner, which is what Sue Harrison has done here. I couldn't help but feel for Chagak, her future changing so drastically and the courage to survive. It wasn't just Chagak's circumstances, but the general way of life. I was able to feel the cold water, the bitter winds of paddling the seas. The amount of work that went into everyday life just to survive during that time period, gathering plants, skinning animals and saving every part for a specific purpose.There were more characters, Shuganan, surrogate grandfather added a dose of mystery to the story along with glimpses of the spirit world and how it directed life back then. Some say this is young adult and others adult fiction, definitely would appeal to both. A series that I plan to continue reading.

  • Lanie
    2019-05-18 03:29

    Well the cover wasn't lying to me. it was better than Clan of the Cave Bear. I don't mean that to be rude or insulting to "Cave Bear". I really liked that one. it gets a special place in my memory book as the first prehistory novel I've ever read. but. . . . "Mother Earth Father Sky" really is much better. and it totally stomps Cave Bear's squeals into the mud. I liked the writing style. pretty, yet simple. it had a decent plot, and I loved the ending battle part. (Yay for girl power!) And the story was clearly well researched, but wasn't bogged down with pages of boring info dumps that sound like they were ripped right out of a science textbook. No one really gives a damn about the science stuff anyway. and if they do, they shouldn't be reading fiction. I enjoyed the story's culture and the characters, even if a few of them were pretty flat. hello Man-Who-Kills. now there is one painfully boring bad guy. >:( and if anyone actually reads my reviews, they would know how much I detest dull, run of the mill, evil for the sake of being an ass, bad guy. Grey Bird is a little better, but he's really just a coward, so he's not much of a threat to anybody. I sure hope the next book has some better baddie.And you know, I can't decide if our Main Character is just nuts or if I'm actually supposed to believe that these spirits are real like the characters do. borderline insanity is a bit more interesting if you ask me. Maybe they're all insane. I mean, with the way they think about babies . . . .god, what the hell is wrong with those people?

  • Erin
    2019-05-06 04:39

    Deft story-telling, realistic details, and characters whom we can love with all of our hearts - this is Mother Earth, Father Sky.So many times in novels set in times other than our own, we get the sense that the author is just adding in details to make it seem as if it is a different setting, but the thoughts and emotions of the people have not changed. As if ancient peoples were as concerned with their sense of self as we are.Sue Harrison, though, manages to make us feel as if Chagak, Shuganan, and Kayugh have a completely different worldview - a concern for community and family over self seems to be the one defining characteristic of hunter-gatherer communities (from what we can glean from both archeology and anthropology). We, the readers, are never given too much extraneous detail - Ms. Harrison's extensive research and knowledge are not simply dumped on us, but blended into the cohesive narrative, so that we feel as if we really are sectioning a beached whale and drying its meat upon racks. But none of this would work without the tension and plot. And Chagak - we feel her pain as if it is our own (or at least, I did!). It all comes together in a story that had me anxious to get on a long car ride, just so I could read again. (I wasn't driving!) Lovely, luminous, and enlightening - I can't wait to read more, and am so grateful that I found her books.

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-05-02 02:24

    Sue Harrison's books have been compared to Jean Auel and that alone was enough to make me want to give this book a try. I read Clan Of The Cave Bear when I was in high school. I don't know how I got through those tomes at 16!Sue Harrison's book, the first in a trilogy, is much shorter, but it packs the same punch with emotion and imagery. I was really drawn into Chagak's world. I felt her pain, especially at the beginning as she loses her family. The book takes place in 7056 BC in Alaska. Chagak starts out as a girl that could have it all and then in an instant everything is dashed away.This is a story of survival and at times is violent. This isn't a pretty story, to say the least, but it is one that you won't forget. Chagak really grew as a character as the book progressed. I loved her relationship with her adopted grandfather, Shuganan.The pace of the story is fast. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.If you are a fan of Jean Auel's books, you definitely want to try this one, and bring some tissues along, because the story is quite a tear jerker in several places.

  • Julie
    2019-05-14 02:44

    This is a solid 3 star book. I discovered this book through goodreads recommendations. I enjoyed the setting of this book, prehistoric (7500BC) Alaskan islands and the early Native Americans living on the shore, and reading about their daily life of hunting for seals, otter and whales to survive. I like the female main character who struggles to overcome blow after blow of tragedy and abuse. The story was gripping and gave me that wonderful feeling where I couldn't wait to find out what happens next and of course, hoping the main character overcomes her obstacles.The story did have a bit of predictability to it though (not that this is a bad thing, necessarily).I will not be reading the next one in this series. My copy of this book had a passage from the next book at the end, which I read, but it seemed to be more VC Andrews-ish, with the emphasis on the young woman character having suffered some insane and unjust abuses even worse than the first book. I just won't be able to deal with it.

  • Bonnie Gleckler Clark
    2019-04-22 07:44

    I am impressed with this book. It is a wonderful story and is one that can be enjoyed by anyone, whether reading for book club (book of the month assignment), reading on your own, or reading to a pre-teen or by a teenager. The story is timeless. It takes place in the Aleution islands circa 7000 BC, and tells the story of a young girl who looses her family, friends, neighbrs, and future husband when her villages is invaded/attacked by another tribe hell-bent on destruction of other tribes. The story held my interest. I enjoyed the ease of reading and the way I became absorbed in its pages. I give this book 5 stars and can hardly wait to discuss it with the other ladies in my local book club.

  • Rae
    2019-04-30 00:40

    I don't know what to say - I read this series when I was like 13 and was engrossed. I recently picked this one up again while at the cabin for spring break, and I was completely engrossed once again. The writing is not stellar in terms of diction or poetic prose, but the voice is unique and specific to the characters and setting. But something about it is as addictive as the Twighlight series - with less sexual tension, though uncomfortable and passionte relations/relationships are both present in this series as well.Highly recommend to middle school girls and high school underclassman girls, though enjoyable at any age!Good quick page turner for vacations!

  • Wai'ala
    2019-05-16 02:22

    As my rating states; for me it was only Ok. It's a beautiful concept and isn't so much disappointing, but it just didn't take me liked I had hoped. The title alone caught me alone, the beautiful cover art work and the first chapter reeled me in quickly, but as the story progressed I found myself less intrigued. Glad I finished it since it wasn't bad but I didn't pick up the next book like I had planned to originally.

  • Helmisade
    2019-04-27 00:33

    Enjoyable, fascinating stories about a pre-historic tribe and its people.

  • Melissa Flanagin
    2019-05-13 04:19

    Beautifully written story about a Native American woman Chagak living in Alaska during the Ice Age. Sue Harrison paints a clear picture in your head about this time.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-10 03:43

    Excellent storytelling concerning life on the Aleutian Islands, circa 7000 BC. Not as graphic as Clan of the Cave Bear, yet I found this book nearly as compelling.

  • Rondi Olson
    2019-04-21 01:26

    As an international best-seller, I don't think anyone needs me to tell them this prehistory novel is good, but I will say it anyway. The description is beautiful, the character development engaging, and the attention to historical detail incredible.Most of the books I read and review are YA. Although the protagonist in this book is 13-14 years old, she is an adult in her culture, and her experiences reflect this. I would not recommend this book for preteens, but it is certainly appropriate for older teens.I am looking forward to finishing this series and any other books by the author.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-01 08:30

    The first in a trilogy, the story concept is similar to clan of the cave bear. Although I read all 3 books and enjoyed some of the Native Alaskan tribal history and legends, I struggled with the contemporary concepts grasped by people of 7000 years ago - such as identifying as aunt by blood relationship.

  • Karen Luoto
    2019-05-14 03:18

    I love pre-historical fiction especially when someone takes the time to do the research necessary for a book of fiction to be entirely plausible. I like that it was written very much as a developing character book. I did have a bit of an issue with some of the decisions that the main character made but tried to understand what other choices one might have during that period of time.