the more you see,the less you know…….
why we picked it
thanks to the book club we are getting books to review, curiosity too since we always judge the book by the title we wondered what was the city of saints and thieves all about
what we expected:
there is nothing we expected in this read you let the read get to you that’s how mysterious this book is
also, we felt that Natalie covered more than we expected
what we liked about it
as we mentioned the book is a nail-biting thriller and mystery also the fact that this book gets you carried away especially where the author takes us to Tina’s flashback we were caught up in the sad moments the suffering Tina went through with her mom when they fleed from Congo
another thing the author gives rules how a typical thief should have to survive what rule captured us was ”if you are going to be a thief, the first thing you need know is you should not exist”
the story is about a revenge story and part murder mystery. The writing was amazing. The characters were good. We appreciated that the author seemed to have done a lot of research, having worked with refugees in Kenya and that she included information in the author’s note about which parts were fictionalized and which were not, as well as including a list of resources for you to learn more.
what we disliked
we really didn’t dislike the read, but something off about Tina and Micheal were to be a thing, yes they were not related but they were like family.
why you should read it
we’ll be honest: city of saints and thieves has a lot going for it, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it’s your average YA novel with a healthy splash of diversity thrown in.
it’s set in Kenya, so, of course, just about every character is a POC. it’s good to see this kind of representation being displayed a lot more and for a cast majority to be black rather than white.
The author gives the reader rules that you must follow to become a successful street thief throughout the story. We personally found they gave the story an educational touch and were used as a time off from the intense plot.
“People are complicated creatures, my dear. The ways they find of explaining the bad things that happen in the world are not always the right ones. Sometimes they are simply the easy ones. They are the ones that give them enough comfort to sleep at night, the ones that let them take the blame off themselves.”
“People don’t look for revenge to make them happy. They do it because they must.”
Question: What is worth more than diamonds and gold? What is the most stable currency? What thing, when stolen, becomes most dangerous and precious of all?Answer: a secret.