Review: Survival (Hijacking Into Freedom) M. Ben Yanay
As a fan of historical fiction I believe the only time period I have read more extensively other than the Civil War was the time period leading up to World War II and the recovery period after the war. With Survival we see some of the aftermath of the war and how the battles still raged after the war was “over”
With this authors writing style of telling not showing through a lot of dialogue in the beginning sort of made it more like a textbook instead of a fiction read, and while this sort of style might throw some readers off at the beginning I thought it was a useful tactic to draw attention to the facts. Sometimes things get lost in the dialogue but here we know exactly where we are and what is going on at all times. I, for one appreciate a straightforward approach.
Janos was a character you are drawn to from the start, you know he is just doing what he must in order to survive and that spark echoes throughout the whole novel as the other characters add their stories to the picture, Terry for example being forced to sew for the German Officers’ wives even after the loss of her child just speaks to the opressive situation that was going on in that time period and how almost hopeless things were.
The appearance of Bob — A Tuskegee Airman made for an added historical storyline that is definitely worth mentioning in a review. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the story when he is explaining to Janos the history behind where he was from and that he is a part of the first all African American Fighter Group. Its a part of history that is often overlooked but one I believe is important.