Review: The Survival Game
This book wasn’t just enjoyable, it felt educational.
Everyone has heard about the plight of refugees but for many of us living a relatively cosy life in the West, myself included, it’s very hard to imagine what those fleeing horrific situations at home might be facing.
Mhairi is Scottish but has spent the last few years of her young life in the Sudan, where her parents worked, until global warming forces her northwards. North means freedom and life. The reader is dropped into her situation, when she has almost reached the safety of Scotland.
We find out, as Mhairi remembers, about the horrors she has faced. What happened to her family and to her friend Mohammed.
Seeing Mhairi come to care about a young boy she found alongside the way was beautiful.
Her character’s journey was one that reminded me about the importance of being kind, of not judging others before walking a mile in their shoes, and ultimately is one that I would recommend book clubs and teachers to utilise.
Mhairi’s experience shows how difficult reaching safety can be and while her story is fictional it really does pull at the heart strings.
By the heart-stopping ending, I was completely enthralled by the world that Singer has created. There were a few sections towards the end of the book, once it seemed like the immediate danger to Mhairi might be over, that felt a little slow but overall The Survival Game barely slows down for a moment.
A gripping and emotional read.
Thank you to Netgalley, Hachette Children’s Group and Hodder Children’s Books for the opportunity to read.