Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe (Review)

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I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Release Date – October 7th

I see Death coming
up the hill, and I am not
ready to meet him.

Ashe has lived in a house where a war has been taking place since he was born. His father is racist and traditional, and his mother is a peace-activist who wants change. It’s 1968, and the Vietnam war is taking place. Ashe is 17 years old, and he fears the draft, and he is starting to understand the world around him more when he meets a girl. His home situation is getting worse, and when a new crisis splits his family apart, he makes a choice.

Death Coming Up the Hill is a thought provoking and heartfelt story. The writing style is something I have never experienced before, since I am not someone who reads poetry.Death Coming Up the Hill is written in Haiku Stanzas, which is a completely different writing format and style that I have ever read, yet I got into the flow of the story really fast and easy. The way it was written actually added to my enjoyment of the story because it was different. It’s originality is off the charts, especially in the Young Adult genre. Chris Crowe dedicated one syllable to each fallen soldier. It is a big task but the author succeeds.

Due to the writing format, there is little detail, yet I still felt a connection with the characters and I would still say that Death Coming Up the Hill is a powerful read, which talks about racism and prejudices. The Vietnam war is at the forefront of the story, which is a topic you do not see often, especially in Young Adult literature.

Death Coming Up the Hill is a book that I would definitely recommend, especially to those who are fans of historical fiction.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆

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