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The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Posted by Caitie F on April 23, 2014

Title: The Prisoner of Night and Fog17668473
Author: Anne Blankman
Hardcover: 398 pages
Pub Date: April 22, 2013
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf—who has kept her family cherished and protected from the darker side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s. But Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn’t know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.

As Gretchen’s investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances—even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.

Review:

A lot of people are fascinated about the evil of Hitler and what he did. How did he get into power? How did it happen? This book takes a look at it through the eyes of a fictional teenager. The result is a powerful historical novel that has a lot of crossover appeal to the adult market.

The characters are amazing, especially since so many of them were real people. In the author’s note, it says that a lot of the events are accurate, but we obviously do not know all the specific conversations. They have been imagined very well and I felt like I was reading Hitler and his top advisors words. There was also a distinctive difference between Gretchen’s Uncle Dorf and when she sees him in a new light.

The completely fictional characters were so interesting. I wanted to shake Gretchen to see what was really happening and what Hitler really meant. There is also a scene in the beginning that is really hard to read with the way she is describing a Jewish man. Sadly, that is how people thought. Watching her learn what was going on and start to question things made me wonder if there were any Gretchen’s in his life that had to run and hide. Gretchen is bright and clever, but a little naive which just makes her more real.

Her brother is terrifying and it is scary to know that there are people like him in the world, but there are. Daniel was wonderful. He challenged those around him, was brave, and always wanted to do what was right, not what was easy. At some points it felt like he was perfect, but he wasn’t. He had to be so good though since only that would really help change Gretchen.

This isn’t just good as a historical novel, it is also a good look at psychology and sociology. I feel like I learned a lot from this book and really hope to see more from this author. It is hard to believe something this well-written and thrilling is a debut.

This is a fantastic book and I hope lots of people read it so we can all talk about it.

 

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One Response to “The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman”

  1. I’m so glad to see they’re publishing more YA books like this. I have a feeling I’d like this one too.

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