Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: War Kids #1 @hjlawson1

War Kids (War Kids, #1)
Title: War Kids
Author: H.J. Lawson
Series: War Kids #1
Release Date: August 20th 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook

When Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters.

With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

War Kids is a story about the Syrian Civil war through the eyes of a group of teenagers.

H.J. Lawson(From the author site).

I was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings was difficult but at the same time character building.
As a young child I found a passion for drawing and writing, which has stayed with me into adulthood. I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design.
At aged twenty seven, my husband and I packed up our belongings for our lifelong dream to move to California. Our America dream was completed with the birth of our daughter. 
A new job opportunity opened up New York, and we decided to relocate to Long Island, NY, where we currently reside.

My books are a mixture of thriller, action, and dystopian. If you’re looking for a good place to start, take a look at War Kids series of thrillers, available now. You can grab copies in either ebook or paperback.

War is no fun, in war there are no winners (no matter what History say). In war, death becomes common currency and surviving is the only goal. War Kids is about a group of teenagers who had to fight for their life during the Syrian Civil war.

It all begins when Jada manages to escape the hospital by a hair and almost simultaneously Zak escapes an attack on his school. Their path will cross and together they will try to find their fathers and escape the soldiers that are after them.

The book is really fast and the adrenaline is always pumping. The sense of danger is always present and it's almost as if you were watching a movie. The author creates a palpable and real scenario and the scenes are easy to picture. The action is explosive, the characters are constantly on the move and there are a lot of twist and surprises.

The characters are great. Despite being teenagers they are strong, brave and more mature than most people I know. Of course they are the product of a situation that forces them to grow up faster but they are great. I like their interaction and how friendship and love presents in this scenario.

The book is told from different points of view, which allows you to see the whole picture and get a better idea of what is going on in different places.

The emotional element is too strong, for moments it was hard to read because the author doesn't try to create an easy story. She is telling the raw truth about teenagers and kids who live in war zones. There is fear, sadness, horror, death but above all there is also hope. This book shows us that even in the cruelest places there are people willing to do what’s right and hope is what makes human to do amazing things.

Overall, this is an excellent YA book with a contemporary theme.


  1. Thank you for the review, glad you found the book interesting.

  2. Thank you for the review, glad you found the book interesting.


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