It is a privilege to be part of the Blog Tour for ‘ Burrowed’. Below, I share my honest opinion and thoughts. Enjoy!
‘Burrowed’ is a deep searching but light and chatty read. The descriptive language made me imagine being there at Ximiu or got me smiling. For example, ‘September was wet and autumnal…’ or ‘ By lunchtime, my legs thought it was bedtime.’ This brilliant work of art, which is a fantasy thriller, can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike because the mysterious incidents in the story grab a reader’s attention. The way things and people disappeared in the story reminded me of the Rapture in the Bible. Where do they disappear to? The answer to this keeps the reader on to the very end and then the meaning of the book’s title becomes clear! ‘Hidden away’. The incidents in the book also run parallel with incidents in our world today. New laws and government schemes from the Sci Project affect life for everyone in Ximiu. Their attempts to adapt to change remind one of the adjustments taken to survive the Corona Pandemic of 2020.
Life as we may know it today is not guaranteed tomorrow! I tried to put myself in the shoes of families whose children or cars had disappeared mysteriously! But as most incidents are told from the perspective of teenagers, readers don’t feel the real shock and pain of the horrible things happening in the story like the death of the baby girls. Christian readers realising that the narrator of the story is a Christian will understand the role of God as a Shepherd over his sheep. So in the midst of a storm, the Christian families stay calm and don’t leave the island. There are characters in the book that remind us that not everyone we see is who they say they are - the Recusavis of society!! This tells us to be wary of whom we associate with and be vigilant of all that happens around us. There are also friendships, family, relationships and gender issues which teenagers could learn a lot from and would easily relate to but would give adults food for thought…
The role and importance of the younger generation is obvious in this story. They portray the strong voice of the author’s hope for salvation and deliverance for the kind of green community and welfare that will benefit everyone. The youth show that they are naturally empowered with natural wisdom, intuition and foresight. They should be given significant roles in our church and society. I leave you readers to find out how and if 17 year old ‘detective’ Jasira and her team unravel the strange incidents in Ximiu! Well worth its 5 stars!