All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Expertly constructed, this novel follows the lives of two youngsters on opposite sides of world war two.
Expertly constructed, this novel follows the lives of two youngsters on opposite sides of world war two. Amid the terrors, a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and her father evacuate Paris to St. Malo and reside with her enigmatic uncle. Her father meticulosuly builds her a wooden model of the town to help her navigate, though she isn't allowed outside. Her father is called back to Paris, a journey he comes to regret, and Marie-Laure lures her uncle out of his shell-shocked state as they bond over an illegal radio transmitter in the attic.
Meanwhile, in Germany, a young orphan Werner grows up loving electronics, he falls in love with a distant radio station her listens to with his younger sister on a receiver he built himself. A precocious boy, he is selected for the coveted military school in Essen. He will never see his sister again. He cannot bear the harshness of his new life, his love of electronics and mathematics is the only thing keeps him from sinking.
Marie-Laure receives a puzzling letter from her father who has been captured by the Germans. They are in search of a precious item which belonged to the museum in which he worked. She must look within herself to decode it.
Werner becomes an illegal radio transmitter triangulator. He hunts downs foreign broadcasts and his teammate executes them.