Topic: Grenade - Alan Gratz
Grenade is a novel written by well-known author Alan Gratz. The story is very unique to Gratz's writing style, in the sense that the same story is being told, but from different viewpoints. The different viewpoints I refer to are fictional characters Hideki and Ray. During the time of WWII, Grenade follows the story of two young boys fighting for their country. Taking place on the small island place of Okinawa, Ray, the American, and Hideki, the Japanese boy, are both part of groups that, as of recently in the book, meet and are fighting.
About my reading of the book itself, the book is going by very quickly. After only three reading sessions, I am into the 60s and 70s of pages. This book, when compared to The Englishman's Boy or Tar Sands, is, for lack of a better way to put it, an easier book. Grenade has simpler vocabulary, fewer words per page, and a much fewer pages from cover to cover.
The story, however, isn't so simple, as it tells, from a third-person perspective, about the two young boys' time in service for their country.
Gratz uses the narrative very well to convey emotion and reality through to the reader.