The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Monaghan is the story of Charlie Law who lives in Little Town with his parents. Little Town borders the Old Country, and the two do not get along. The Regime in Little Town is strict and delivers harsh penalties to those who steal or break curfew. Charlie’s a good boy.
Charlie’s mother has asthma, so he is always eager to help by walking several miles to get her inhaler. However, when Old Country decides to attack Little Town and then soldiers move in, Charlie makes a few decisions that lead him down a very dangerous path.
The people of Little Town are not just in constant fear of what the neighboring Old Country will do next, they’re also oppressed by their own Regime. Everyone lives under the watchful eye of the Big Man, and anyone who breaks the rules either suffers the punishment or ends up owing him.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together is an interesting, yet disturbing book. Interesting, because the friendship angle is done very well. Charlie is ferocious about helping his friend. And disturbing because the town is run by a man who knows how to keep people down, as well as put children in situations where they become indebted to him. I also found the writing style to be as unique as Charlie’s voice.
I received this book from Bloomsbury USA Childrens via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.