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Hyped yet Disappointing
3 April 2019
Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.
This was my first from Kamila Shamsie and I was pretty much excited about picking up this one. Unfortunately, for me the book just did not live up to the hype and excitement that it had generated. I had put down the book almost thrice but still kept on going to finish it. The characters seemed pretty blank at times and seemed quite stereotypical with one sister being the mother of her siblings and the twins being the rebel. The book even ended on a pretty predictable climax and thus confused me on the praises that it kept receiving. The only reason that the book even worked for me was that it did try its best to show people on the how the perspective of families of Muslim origin has changed over time.