This book was recommended to me by a friend- and I’m so grateful that I took the time to read it.
I’d like to start out by saying, that when I’m 90 (or 93?) I hope to have the same kind of moxy as the protagonist of the story. I hope that if I am placed in a nursing home, that I’m still right of mind to be feisty.
That being said, after the first few chapters, the story was rather predictable, something I normally do not enjoy. What I hadn’t planned on, was developing relationships with each character. You felt the pain of Jacob’s parents death, the agony of identifying them in the morgue, the desperation as he hopped the train. But it wasn’t just the protagonist, even the smaller characters of the book you grew to love.
Along with falling in love with the characters, I absolutely loved all the detail put into the book. The colors of the costumes, the sounds, the conditions of the train cars. What I wasn’t expecting was the surprise condition of August. Personally, I just thought he was loony, or bi-polar, so when the truth came out, it absolutely made sense.
All in all, this was a terrific book. I did not watch the movie prior, so I hope that doesn’t ruin my feelings.
5 out of 5 stars!