City of Fate

City of Fate A fantastic read I knew nothing about the Battle of Stalingrad and this book sparked my interest Credible characters and story line as well as carefully set sense of time and place all add to make this book unputdownable I loved it Imagine Your Home Is Bombed One Sunday Afternoon By A Horde Of Enemy Planes Imagine Your Family Has Gone And You Are Left Behind This Is The Fate Of Five Year Old Peter And Two Teenagers Yuri And TanyaImagine Being Ordered To Leave School To Fight The Terrifying Nazis In WWII Imagine You Are Right In The Middle Of A Battle It S You Or Them You Have No Choice This Is The Fate Of Vlad And His Three ClassmatesThe Battlefield Is The City Of Stalingrad, The Pride Of Russia Germany S Adolf Hitler Wants The City Badly, But Josef Stalin Refuses To Let GoNobody Has Managed To Stop The Triumphant Nazi Invasion Across Europe It All Depends On One City Stalingrad Her Citizens, Her Soldiers And Her Children Review by Beth4.5 5My love for World War Two literature is never ending and I was particularly pleased to have the chance to read about the battle of Stalingrad and the people trying to live whilst it s going on Completely fascinating and not a subject I know in depth it is very clear that Pierce has researched and researched to ensure every element of this novel is believable and every character is genuine There are parts of this book that are hard to read as we meet characters who have had their nerves destroyed and their mental state is far removed from their normal The moment Yuri is forced to leave his mother and baby sister is heart breaking, Pierce talks about his family in ways which make you want to pick them up and take them anywhere else, away from the terror of the battlefield At Stalingrad there were nearly 2 million killed, civilians and soldiers Pierce doesn t shy away from the brutality of it all and even with the young age of her audience she simply tells a story As well as Yuri we have Peter, who at just 5 years old gives another dimension to the story,innocent and na ve and Vlad, a teenage soldier who, despite bravado, sees and hears things no child should have to see As the battle commences so does the connection between Vlad, Yuri and Peter as Pierce s plot cleverly brings them together and then bang, in a horrible, harrowing climax, it s all over There are no happy endings because it would ruin the authenticity of Pierce s story I didn t expect the end to be quite so brutal but, I think because it is the story has stayed with me for longer and I have a powerful sense of the injustice of war and a deeper understanding of the Battle of Stalingrad.Although the novel sounds dark there are moments of light relief, adding humanity, with scenes of spying on Nazi soldiers particularly heart warming, although when put like that it sounds pretty terrifying.I would love to readof Pierce s work. 4.5 starsSometimes children s fiction can be entertaining Sometimes it can be thrilling and gripping Sometimes it can be thought provoking and challenging Sometimes it can be realistic and educational And sometimes but rarely , it can be all these things together City of Fate is one of those books.First Line of City of Fate It was 23 August 1942, about four o clock on a typical Sunday afternoon My Thoughts on City of Fate.This book is aimed at children from 10 upwards and as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it also It is set in Russia during World War II and does an excellent job in portraying the futility and brutality of war The characters are ordinary children and teens shoved into horrific circumstances and forced to be extraordinary Even if you don t know much about the Russian setting, it is built up nicely for you and you are thrust head first into the action along with the very first bomb The language used is dark and threatening and it envelopes you in the terror that must have stuck in the hearts of all.Some characters arelikeable than others but it all heightens the knowledge that war affects everyone The brave, the weak, the bullies all are tested and survival becomes the key focus Yuri age 14 and Peter age 5 are left without family and without homes and together they attempt to live, eat and sleep hour by hour, day after awful day Yuri is often hit with uncomfortable truths and has to learn to cope with the unthinkable without any adult to help him make sense of it babies are too small to die in war If only that were true Vlad, Leo, Misha and Anton age 16 go to school only to find out that they have to report for duty that very night and are now soldiers The loose friendships between them become a bond and give them a sense of home when they are far from home Through their inexperience you get a sense of how jumbled and confusing this war was You also see how acts of patriotism can be acts of cruelty depending on which side of the fence you are on.I think this book is very powerful and would make a great discussion book if you read it with a pre teen And I would recommend doing just that as the book is dark at times and I think the themes should be explored and explained I love that the book is so realistic and doesn t gloss over the details but again I want to emphasise if a younger child is reading that you should chew it over with them.The book is also a hopeful one and at times when the language and actions are at their darkest you get a reminder that life goes on and there is always hope Music and nature is used to great effect to portray this hope and adds a sense of longevity and endurance to the story.Overall I m hugely impressed with this one I loved how historically accurate it is but I also really loved all the themes running through it It isn t a light read but it is a worthwhile one The epilogue felt a little out of place for me as it felt like we left the book and the author was speaking directly to us I didn t hate it but it didn t work as well as the rest of the book for me.Who should read City of Fate I d highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction whether you are a child over 10 , a teenager or an adult Especially if you like books that focus on younger characters but don t gloss over the details It s a stark reminder of darker times.Thanks to The O Brien Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Originally posted here www.gobookyourself.infoA review copy was provided by The O Brien Press in return for an honest review.If you read the blog regularly you ll know I don t read a lot of YA It s not a case of snobbery More a case of me feeling I cant really connect with the story or the characters This was not the case here.I love when YA books take ondifficult subjects like this I hope that doesn t sound condescending because its not meant to be I just feel that contemporary YA strikesof a cord with me than fantasy or paranormal based YA City of Fate is a story of we all deal with change, loss and our own often flawed perception of others We meet Anton, Vlad and Leo as they are reluctantly led by their teacher to sign up to fight for their country Like a hangman leading a prisoner to the noose he watches young boys mere children really sign what are, essentially their own death warrants Feeling the need to appear braver than the masses Anton immediately takes the lead Although he initially appears boorish and cocky he actually becomes the rock of the group, the voice of reason in chaos and the most courageous in times of fear He turned out to be one of my favourite characters in the book.On the other side of the city Yuri and Peter are alone in the world They survive day by day on the scraps of war They meet Tanya, a brave young woman who is determined to see life after this horrendous war that has torn her beloved city apart Tanya is a completely selfless person she works, cares for her mother and thinks nothing of taking on twomouths to feed In this time of vulnerability they are all called to fulfil roles usually required by those beyond their yearsEvery character in City of Fate are is confronted by their own prejudices They see themselves reflected in the actions of the enemy and they begin to see war in its simplest form humans killing other humans The two groups meet in a heartbreaking conclusion in which there are no winners, only losers.I don t want to stifle the reach of this book by saying it s perfect for younger readers because it really will appeal to readers of all ages In conclusion City of Fate is an emotional story about what really makes us human Seeat

Tallaght born Nicola Pierce lives in Drogheda, Ireland Following her manysuccessful ghostwritten books for adults, Nicola published her firstbook for children, Spirit of the Titanic The book received rave reviews, and ran to five printings within its first twelve months City of Fate isher second book for children and transports the reader deep into theRussian city of Stalingrad during World War

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • City of Fate
  • Nicola Pierce
  • English
  • 18 November 2019
  • 9781847173379

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