by Nora K.
I was assigned All the Light We Cannot See for summer reading going into my senior year. Luckily for me, I’d already read this book my freshman year so I knew it was an amazing book and didn’t feel the need to procrastinate starting my summer homework whatsoever. I was actually really excited to get to re-read this book as it was such a beautiful read. The author has such an incredible way with words and I fell in love again with the prose and truly poignant plot. This is 100% a five-star book.
The story takes place in Europe during WWII. The novel switches the point of view from protagonists: Marie-Laure and Werner, as well as a few side characters. I think the POV changes helped keep the story engaging. In fact, I was so enthralled that over the course of the week in which was reading the book, I kept doing that thing where I’d get to the end of a chapter and tell myself that I’d stop reading and go to bed once I finished the NEXT chapter… My point being that I formed a deep, emotional attachment to the protagonists and believe that anyone who chooses to read this book will feel the same.
“Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.”
This book gets five out of five stars from me. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. If you enjoy reading, I’m positive you’ll enjoy this book with its amazing character development, historical knowledge, and beautiful themes. Have fun reading!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Historical fiction/WWII/Dual POV