We know reading Michael Grant’s ‘Front Lines’ will have you clenching your toes and gripping the pages for dear life, but stand at ease, soldier. Seriously. Relax. Kick back for a few moments and read on to find out how others are coping with this epic action-packed read hitting them right in the soft centre. Ouch.
That’s right. We’re at it again. Digging around the internet to find what other readers and reviewers are saying about this book. This time we look to Milo from The Fictional Hangout and Hayley from Back to the Books to give us their field notes and very best battle reports.
Ready troops? Let’s move out!
So, the biggest ‘twist’ to this story is that females are out into the same combat roles as men. How was it? Hayley says that “within a few pages I completely forgot that it wasn’t true because these girls showed how capable we are of anything and how it’s really no different from the male experience.”
Whereas Milo goes on to say that “it uses a lot of traditional war tropes like the rookie soldiers not knowing what they’re getting into, tank battles and more” but the core of the book “looks at social injustice, and tackles many other themes such as sexism, racism and more”. Hayley adds that the “most interesting thing about it was that you didn’t feel like there was any statement about men and women when it got to the actual fighting.”
It’s a story that is quick to stamp down on the ‘women can’t’ mindset; “you just had people who were great soldiers, some who weren’t as fit and strong, some who were braver and more skilled.”
Hayley continues that “it was just a great feeling of empowerment, to finally see young women represented as fierce and strong as well as having emotions. But on top of that…the horror of war which burns through that is true and as always, in any book set in this period, it’s tough to take.” And Milo suggests “that extra depth helps the novel stand out just a bit more.”
What of our leading ladies themselves? Hayley calls Rio’s transformation “interesting” but “it was equally chilling to watch the war change her.” The characters do not disappoint, coming off the page as what Milo calls “well developed and well-rounded protagonists.”
What about the author’s previous books? How different is this new series? Milo points out that even though “it’s very different from Grant’s Gone books…Front Lines is possibly just as dark if not darker.”
Hayley: “I haven’t read any of Michael’s work before (please don’t hurt me), but having read Front Lines, I’ll definitely be pre-ordering the next in the series. It’s powerful, evocative, fresh and gripping.”
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