By: Muhammad Khan
Location: FIC KHA
Genre: Everything- Romance, War, Rascism, Religion, Family
I loved The Hate U Give. It made me mad, today I read about a 15 year old boy who was shot by the police and killed. He was running AWAY!
This book will press the same buttons for me!
A stunning new YA voice which questions how far you'll go to protect what you believe in.
wrote Muzna’s story for you. Muslim or non-Muslim? It doesn’t matter to
me. It shouldn’t matter to you. You are thunder. Don’t keep quiet.”
terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence
has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their
own crimes, not the religion and not us.”
Saleem, who dreams of being a writer, struggles with controlling parents
who only care about her studying to be a doctor. Forced to move to a
new school in South London after her best friend is shamed in a scandal,
Muzna realizes that the bullies will follow her wherever she goes. But
deciding to stand and face them instead of fighting her instinct to
disappear is harder than it looks when there's prejudice everywhere you
turn. Until the gorgeous and confident Arif shows an interest in her,
encouraging Muzna to explore her freedom.
But Arif is hiding his
own secrets and, along with his brother Jameel, he begins to influence
Muzna with their extreme view of the world. As her new freedom starts to
disappear, Muzna is forced to question everything around her and make a
terrible choice - keep quiet and betray herself, or speak out and
betray her heart?
"I Am Thunder deals with radicalisation so well.
Because as you go along with Muzna’s story, there are little warning
signs here and there, but it’s only towards the end of the book that you
actually realise how far things have gone. It was so subtle, and so
easy to get caught up in if you were actually living it. It was
terrifying. "- Kate, Goodreads.com
book manages to squeeze in a lot of topics including racism,
radicalization, living in a multi-ethnic multi-faith society, open
dialogue between teenagers and their parents, and doing the right thing.
I am Thunder is my top read of 2018. It will be tough to top.-Usman