Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed is an eye-opening and riveting story. Amal loves learning, knows that freedom lies within the pages of books, and dreams of being a teacher. Those dreams are dashed when a run-in with the village’s most powerful landlord lands her confined to indentured servitude at his family’s estate. Amal hopes to return to her family one day, but the chances of that become slim as she learns of just how much power the Khan family has.
Amal is a Pakistani young girl who just wants to get an education and share her knowledge as a teacher. Her mother has a baby and while suffering from what appears to be postpartum depression, Amal is kept home to care for the family and help run the house. In a trip to the market, two impulsive actions lead to her indentured servitude with the village’s ruling family. She is taken from her family with the expectation she will return when her father is able to pay his debts, but as she settles into her new life, she begins to realize there is no way to pay the debt in full and she will likely never leave the estate.
I received an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group and Nancy Paulsen Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.