All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is a story about a German boy and a blind French girl in World War II. This is not a very romantic love story, but it is love that helps the girl survive. Werner Pfennig grew up in a small, very poor German coal-mining town. As an orphan, his life was tough and without hope. However, his talents in radio mechanics totally alter his options when war breaks out. Warner is trained at the most rigorous and famed German Military school and is sent to the frontlines. Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a blind French girl who lives in Paris with her dad, the locksmith of the Museum of Natural History. After the German invasion, they flee to the coastal town of Saint-Malo in possession of a cursed and rare gem. Although for most of the book the two characters lives are told separately, an old radio broadcast is a thread that ties them together and influences both of their lives. The reason that I love this book is that it shows how war can destroy people.
Like Warner says in the book, “If it is not for the war, these people will live with their free will. They might not become important people, but as least they can live the lives that they choose and live with it.”
Review by MS. Chen