Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Young Adult Literature - Nation
Nation is a book that I really enjoyed. First off, it is a book that makes the reader think, which is always a plus! Secondly, it is an adventure story, which I always enjoy. When a tsunami destroys everything and everyone Mau knows and loves, he is left almost completely alone. One other survivor, a girl named Daphne, washes up on the island. Neither understands the other, but they begin to slowly learn how to communicate with each other. Mau tries to understand why something so devastating could possibly happen to his Nation when the people worshipped the gods and followed the rules before them. Daphne learns to be useful and to take care of herself and refugees that begin arriving on the island. Daphne also has lost people close to her and she doesn't understand how bad things could possibly be the will of God. The book focuses on the necessity of having something to believe in, even if that something turns out to be a lie (as in Mau's case). Nation asks the question, why does bad things happen to good people, and why does God allow such things to happen? The book doesn't pretend to answer the question, and while various characters struggle with this question in different ways, the book itself leaves the answer open to the reader's own interpretation.