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Resisting Historical Accuracy - Review by Anna, Teen Blogger

Resistance: a novel- book cover

Resistance by Owen Sheers is a war story with a twist. The book is set in an alternate world, after World War II, where the Allies are defeated and Nazi Germany is the victor. It is a setting that makes you to think about how fortunate we were that the outcome of the war was what it was.

The story is set in a small farming mountain area in Wales. The novel begins with the women of this community waking up to find that their husbands have all gone, with no sign of returning any time soon. The women have to try and carry on with their lives as well as they can by themselves. They know that if people outside of their small valley learn of their husbands’ disappearance it would mean trouble for both them and their absent husbands. They barely start to build back some form of precarious order when their lives are upturned by the appearance of a small patrol of German soldiers. The soldiers, although they mean no harm, upset the fragile balance the women have only just achieved. When a severe winter sets in, the women and the soldiers are forced to rely on each other.

I thought that the concept of a book set in an alternate World War II was really interesting, although it wasn’t explored nearly as much as it could have been, or as much as I would have liked it to be. The story was set just as the war was coming to a close so we didn’t get to see how life would have been after things had settled down after the war. It was also set in a small area that was occupied by German forces so I wondered what had happened in other areas. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful story of people coming together, despite their differences, to help each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction novels that aren’t necessarily accurate. If you try and refer to this book in your history class you might have a bit of trouble, but I definitely think it’s worth a read.                                                                                            

Resistance is in the adult collection of the library.

Anna, Teen Blogger.


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