Rating: 4 / 5
I received BLUEBIRD by Sharon Cameron in my YA Once Upon a Book Club box. I didn’t know anything about this one, but it was a perfect pick for my prompt for a book with a reflected image on the cover.
BLUEBIRD follows two time streams. In 1946, a young girl is part of a German family, never knowing what is happening in her own backyard. In the second, we’re following a young girl who has made her way to New York, leaving WWII and its atrocities overseas. She’s sneaking in under a new name and sneaking in another young woman, trying to find a new life. She has secrets that many will want, information on a project called Bluebird. She’s used these secrets to barter her way overseas, but her true mission is one of revenge.
It is hard to say a lot about this book without saying too much. This isn’t an easy read as it deals with the aftermath of the atrocities committed by the Nazis at the camps. It does take a somewhat unique (to my reading) perspective in that we are initially given the story of a young girl who doesn’t know what is happening in her own backyard.
She’s been brought up in a family where she’s being raised to get married and birth babies for Hitler and while she isn’t quite okay with all of that, she doesn’t know the full extent of how wrong it all is. As things unfold and more and more about her own past and that of her family comes out, the rage for how she has been misled comes through strongly and how not everything can be fixed in the aftermath.
This isn’t a book I likely would have picked up if it weren’t for the subscription box and I always appreciate the variety that they send. If you’d like to give this box a try for yourself, DGREADS10 will give you 10% off your first order!
#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with a reflected image on the cover or “mirror” in the title