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She Promised the Moon by Awad Sharar

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Political
Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 17, 2016

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Pamela Foster, a ballsy careless student, is granted a machine gun from the Forestry Commission. Because she goes late to school to take her final exam, she is denied admittance, returns home, takes her machine gun and goes back to school. She opens fire at the school car park, causes wild fire and horrible explosions. She escapes to her poor and illiterate friends, a family, on the Northern Heights, but the woman was dead. Pamela adopts their four-year-old child, Charles, the orphan. For devastating floods, natural disasters and heavy losses in lives and possessions, the highlanders climb down to a coastal area where corruption, discrimination and rotten judicial and security systems prevail. Pamela is nominated to a seat in the Senate, but is killed two days before the elections.

Later, Candidates follow all possible means, legal or illegal, shameful or honourable to win any elections: depending on much six, drugs, bribery, money laundry, trafficking, murder, rumors, forgery and on some corrupted decision makers. They promise and promise and promise before the elections. But what happens to Corruption, Unemployment, Crime, Honesty, Justice, and Credibility when they win? Aside from politicians, can anyone answer?

Summary

When Charles' adoptive mother and Senate nominee, Pamela, is murdered two days before the elections, Charles vows to exact his revenge on the corrupt system that killed her. To achieve this, he must gain enough money and influence to beat the corrupt politicians in office at their own game. Can he penetrate the web of greed, corruption, lies, and perversity that surround the system to fight it from within, or will all of his efforts be for nothing?

Review

She Promised the Moon by Awad Sharar is an in-depth look at a corrupt political system with social commentary that reflects the socio-political systems in many countries today. I was amazed by the author's ability to reveal and explain some universal truths about politics in a way that readers can comprehend and relate to.

The first chapter of the book is almost entirely devoted to introducing readers to Pamela and her history. Since it had been a little over a month since I agreed to review the book and read the blurb on Goodreads, I was more than a little surprised and disappointed when Pamela was killed. I personally feel that devoting a whole chapter to a character that is going to be killed off is a bit much; I was expecting Pamela to be the main protagonist and had connected with her as such. However, I hear that this style of writing is trending amongst popular authors, so my opinion may not be shared by most readers.

From the beginning, you can tell that there is a lot going on in this book! You have high-ranking elected officials struggling to maintain power and control, candidates from different parties looking to seize power from those officials, the "rank and file" who are protesting the current system, and then you have Charles who is navigating his way through this system whilst maintaining several love interests. All of this would be impossible to keep track of on one's own, but the author does a good job of helping readers keep all of the characters and their roles straight by adding frequent reminders throughout the plot.

While the author did an amazing job of outlining the socio-political aspect of the plot, the romantic dialogue was a bit awkward in the beginning of the book. It seemed a bit formal for the situations that Charles found himself in, but it became more colloquial and flowed a bit better near the end of the book.

I found myself disliking Charles intensely. Even though I agreed with his political ideals and understood his methods, my opinion of him was greatly diminished after his second romantic encounter because I realized he was a player. If a woman who wanted to hold a political office gained influence by sleeping with men, she would not be considered upright and moral; regardless of her political ideals. I suppose this could be interpreted as a commentary about politicians in general; the terms "moral" and "upright" are subjective and highly dependent upon the majority of the politicians that a single politician is being compared to.

Despite my disappointment in the beginning, some awkwardness in the dialogue, and the fact that I did not care for the protagonist; I found the socio-political aspects of the setting that Sharar created intriguing. Readers who enjoy intricate political fiction with intelligent and thoughtful social commentary will find that She Promised the Moon by Awad Sharar is an undiscovered gem.

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About the Author


Awad Sharar, author; Reprinted with permission; On My Kindle Book Reviews
Awad Sharar, author.
Reprinted with permission
As a university graduate with three languages and separated, I travelled abroad and worked for the UN for six years during which I was able to visit a lot of countries and befriended a lot of people of different social classes, races, cultures, religions and languages.

Although on the Earth, sometimes my colleagues and I lived in the real Paradise, five-star hotels, fabulous cars… but most of the time we were in the Hell: hunger, fear of insects, wild animals, bandits, kidnapping in addition to darkness, freezing cold or burning heat without any mechanical, electric or electronic device or machine in situ. It's funny to have money but find nothing to buy. It was unexceptional to spend days and nights in the old and prehistoric isolated ruins in hunger. We wished we had been able to make a banknote salad. Nevertheless, one has to be on bended knees in respect for the good and kind local citizens who bear the abject poverty, biting hunger, illiteracy, isolation, and completely aware of their rulers who stick to office for life. They rebel, but the rulers' armies don't hesitate to shoot aiming to kill. That's the subject of my book "She Promised The Moon".

Have you read She Promised the Moon by Awad Sharar? What do you think of political fiction; do you like light political fiction, satire, or serious political fiction? Let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!