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The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Fobombsthatbroughtustogetherurteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.

Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town’s rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There’s a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.

Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will … But he’s got to kill someone else first. – See more at:…  -description via

I recieved a copy of “The Bombs That Brought Us Together” by Brian Conaghan in exchange for a fair review. This does not in anyway affect my opinion of the book.

 What an amazing read this was. Different, and very much reminded me a little bit of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, yet completely different. The narrative of this book was excellent and enjoyable, and made me want to read more and more, to the point where I found it very hard to put the book down. The relationship between the main two characters, Charlie and Pav is verystrong from the beginning.

I’d recommend this book to readers of the YA genre, While I could also recommend it to a mature 10-12 reader. The story is heavy in parts, but there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in there too, to keep it light. If you’ve read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas I think you’ll love this to be honest. While the tone isn’t as serious, it still has elements similar to it and the friendship between Charlie and Pav is as strong as that of Bruno and Schmuel’s.

 The writing in this story is brilliant, and so fluid. Everything blends nicely inot each other bringing us from one chapter to another. I loved the main character Charlie. He just seemed to have this swagger about him, and wasn’t afraid to be himself and voice his own opinion. He came across as booksmart as well as street smart, and his narrative through the story was great too. I loved the lists and the mental memo’s he would through in there now and again within a chapter.

If I were to pick a negative within this story it would have been there wasn’t enough going on. I would have loved to have seen a bit more interaction with the rebels, maybe see them go to work on someone, maybe a bit more action/violence. But that’s just me knitpicking.

I loved reading The Bombs That Brought Us Together. I found it hard to stay away from it too long, and would nearly want to pick it up straight away and keep reading more after putting it down. I want to be back in that world, and maybe read more stories about those characters in this world. It was really different, which I loved and it has been a while since I read a book that has left me wanting more!


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