Nightrunners of Bengal by John Masters Review

Plot: The novel is set at the time of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment, stationed in the fictional city of Bhowani. He is restless with garrison life, but is devoted to his regiment and its sepoys (Indian soldiers).

In spite of his empathy with the sepoys, Savage does not realise that fear and resentment are driving them to intrigue with local rulers and other conspirators against the rule of the British East India Company. The complacent life of the British community in Bengal is shattered by the Rebellion.

Synopsis: I’m not necessarily gonna go into book spoilers, but more history spoilers about the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857.

It is clear I’ve past into adulthood…It’s incredibly scary.

Nightrunners is not the most adult book I’ve ever read nor do I hold it up as the mark that all readers should pass to not be considered children. However it is the first book, in a long time, I’ve actually enjoyed reading. Its immersive world is the true protagonist of the story and its main focus is the emotional turmoil of the main character, rather than the main character’s missions or love life, something which I’ve found tiring in YA novels in recent months. It is a breath of fresh air to read something from such a indepth character narrative: Englishmen describing their foreign home and how dark it can become in war, and how much they can be affected with it.

While the first half of the book is gripping and wonderfully put together to create many wholesome, imperfect but sympathetic characters, it is the change from white women in petticoats playing crochet to sepoys murdering babies in their cribs, that grips you into the true message of the story, almost being convinced with the main character that these people who are trying to reclaim their homeland are monsters before remembering the reality of the situation and its bigger picture.

The main character is also brilliantly created. He’s not a saviour but a broken man in a country that wants him dead and he is not about to save the day, he can barely save himself and those he loves. He’s a complex character that changes throughout the story’s events.

So perhaps after reading this I should decidedly take a break from reading YA novels, just for a bit…until being an adult becomes too terrifying.

All in all I loved this book from start to finish.

Travel woes

So I’ve travelled from Birmingham to Dalaman, Turkey today. Let’s just do a run a down of what happened:

My dad couldn’t come with us because of visa troubles and let’s just say my mum’s quirky at best, so I was in charge of the trip.

Got stopped at security and even those I know I’m not doing anything wrong I still decided to plan out my life in prison.

I’m a terrible flier and spent most of it in the fetal position.

We landed…honestly surprised I made it.

And it’s dark… Pretty, but the trees do appear to be screaming.

I’m here for two weeks, so if you want more thrilling updates I can provide.

Leave comment. Miss you!!

Ten days that shook the world by John Reed Review

This is a bit niche but nonetheless I found myself reading it, so let’s look at it!

Synopsis: American Journalist John Reed describes first hand the events leading up to the October Revolution in this piece of nonfiction.

Review: I like my War Time Russia for…something reason and I like a good piece of nonfiction. I started reading and a chapter in and an hour later I stopped reading. It’s dull, which is saying something really given I’ve stuck out through drier piece of nonfiction. I think my main problem it gives too much information without background details. This is main a problem of the time period it was written in. Early 20th century has never agreed with me as it likes to plunge readers into the deep end of stories without context and I just can’t sit through a story like that, fiction or nonfiction. However, this has the added bonus of being a primary source to the October Revolution, though doesn’t take away from it being a piece of its time.