Book review- Under the sun by Justin Kerr-Smiley


This book is another little gem from Arcadia Books. A short read packed with emotion that I thoroughly enjoyed. I read a lot of books based in WWII, which usually focus heavily on being on the front or about the women left behind to fight daily life, so I found this unusual angle extremely interesting.

Friendship plays a big part in the plot when Flt Lt Edward Strickland finds himself on a remote Japanese occupied island in the South Pacific. After being captured, tortured and very nearly killed by the Japanese Commander, Captain Tadashi Hayama an unexpected friendship develops between the two men. The book presents an eerie sense of war that is combined with the realisation that despite being enemy’s both men are still people who wouldn’t do terrible things to one another if it weren’t for the war.

I found this book very moving, which in some points made me want to cry. It really explores the emotions of people stuck in an extreme situation, with a world at war trying to push them to breaking point. Very atmospheric.

Many thanks to Arcadia Books for sending this to me.


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