Fourteen-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.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan is a compelling dystopian novel which captures perfectly the unsettling nature of conflict and terror through the eyes of a teenage boy who just wants to lead a normal life with his friend and the girl he’s in love with.
Reasons you should read this book are: You want to read a story with a strong male friendship, you like emotional stress, you like feeling an impending sense of doom about characters for an entire novel.
I loved this novel and the slow-build up that allows you to get inside the head of Charlie and get to know the cast of characters around him before the dramatic conclusion.