I won this book from a goodreads, first reads, giveaway. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinions.
This book is about two families on opposite sides of the civil war in Sri Lanka. You get a coming of age type story of a girl from each family. Even though, it's about the families, you get the story from one main girl on each side.
The beginning of this book was a bit slow but after about 50 pages it picked up quickly. What I really liked about this book is that you got two stories and what happened to them along the way. You get the story of Yasodhara and her sister La, who moved to the United States to get away from the war. Also, you get their back story with Shiva, who had left with his family.
Saraswatha was a Tamil freedom fighter but you get her story at how she became that way. I mean she was a totally different person and couldn't understand why anyone would want to be a martyr. Then when she has something horrible happen to her, her views change. She becomes immersed in the cause and decides to give up her life.
This book leads you up to the events that make these two different sides cross paths. It's not in a good way and it's a very sad ending. It's actually quite heartbreaking but you kind of know it's coming. You get that sense of foreboding when the author starts to immerse both stories in one chapter. You can feel the climatic ending coming up. Not until the end, was I sure what was going to happen. I liked this book. I think the author did a great job providing history without it overpowering the story. You get a lot of culture and knowledge of their traditions as well.