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by D.L. Jung
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Action-Adventure
Release Date: February 2018
“There was a time when flying didn’t mean looking over my shoulder for death coming at me.”
World War II. June 1941. Hitler’s war machine turns to the Soviet Union.
Escaping her hometown ahead of the Nazis, 16-year-old Aelya Makarova seizes a chance to live her dream. Obsessed with flying, she joins a women’s fighter squadron to defend her homeland against the invaders. She’ll go faster and higher than she’s ever gone before.
But the harsh reality of Air Force life shatters her expectations and forces her to grow up fast. The squadron is split by petty rivalries, male pilots treat them like a joke, and the ideal country she thought she was fighting for doesn’t really exist.
Finally given a chance to prove herself in battle, Aelya is pushed to breaking point. With all her talent, the help of her comrades, and a lot of luck, she might just make it through. But will there be anything left of her humanity?
With fast-paced action and a heart-rending mix of humour and tragedy, Sparrow Squadron is an adventure novel for young adults that brings an overlooked episode of history to life.
Title: SPARROW SQUADRON
Series: AELITA’S WAR, BOOK ONE
Author: D L JUNG
Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION, CANADIAN AUTHOR
Length: 334 PAGES
Publisher: XINLISHI PRESS
Type of Book: SOFTCOVER ARC – UNCORRECTED PROOF
Received From: THE AUTHOR
ISBN: 978-1-9834455-4-5 (ARC)
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Russian involvement in fighting against Hitler’s fascist regime is a topic that is often overlooked by North American authors. This is a travesty. We hear and read about the U.S. involvement in the war often through both Fiction and Non-fiction. Why is Russia so often overlooked? Is it because in the years since WWII Russia had been consistently seen as the ‘bad guy?’
Whatever the reason, I was very glad to read this book and to learn about Russia and especially about its female fighter pilots.
I enjoyed the story of how one young girl follows her dreams in Communist Russia despite the many roadblocks and obstacles placed in her path which Aelya must overcome.
Aeyla’s progression from naive young girl to hardened fighter pilot is an interesting part of the story.
At the beginning, Aeyla’s believes all the Communist propaganda she has been taught her whole life.
The author has done an incredible job of humanizing people whom history deems as evil. For example, The German fighter pilot that is captured and questioned.
Author D.L. Jung has also used this wonderfully written work of fiction as a tool to inform his readers about the horrors of war.
Action packed and full of interesting characters and set in a time in history where emotions often overruled good sense, SPARROW SQUADRON is a MUST READ novel, not only for Young Adults but also for everyone else. I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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