Jeremiah Prins is 10 years old, and leads a sheltered, pampered life in the East Indies. In 1942, when the Japanese Imperialist invasion begins, Jeremiah’s life is turned upside down and backwards. He becomes the man of the house for his younger siblings, and realizes that his mother needs more care than he realized.
Life in the camp is full of hardship, cruelty, and a life that Jeremiah never imagined possible. He comes to lean on Laura, who is quickly becoming his best friend. Jeremiah and Laura learn a lot about the strength that God gives and the light that shines in the dark as they live through the horrors of camp, and find beauty in life. But it’s what happens later in life… when Jeremiah is 81 that will bring tears to your eyes.
This book was good and powerful. I found it a little slow going, but it was good. And I love historical fiction. I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars.