December 1, 2009

31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

I originally picked up 31 Hours from the library because I saw several people tweeting about it, and it sounded interesting. I'm sure that was the goal, and it worked.

31 Hours is the story of a young man, Jonas, who plans to become a suicide bomber in NYC at the end of 31 hours. Though Jonas is teaming up with those who have religious reasons behind their assault on America, Jonas reasons are more political and social. More than anything, Jonas is depicted as a typical youth and overwhelmingly human.

Still, 31 Hours is not really a story about domestic terrorism, but about his life and the lives of those around him. Really, the terrorism is a frame for the stories she tells about Jonas's girlfriend and her family (I couldn't get enough of her sister Mara's story of her struggle with her parents separation), his own parents, and a homeless, professional beggar.

I recommend this book, not because it's a fast-paced thriller (there is some of that) but because it's an interest study in character. The ending will keep you thinking.


  1. Hi! I landed on your blog because we both signed up for Dreadlockgirl's readathon in the coming weekend! I'm curious who else is participating so that's why I'm doing a little blog tour ;-)

    Sounds like a very interesting book that you have been reading!! Will put it on my TBR list, thanks!

  2. Sounds like an intresting read. Will see if my library has it..Thanks for the review


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