Have you ever been so into a book that you feel as if you’re one of the main characters? Or at least you feel as if you’re looking straight through the eyes of the main characters, you can visualize their very action? YES?
That’s how I felt reading A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison. I could visualize everything, from the blue churidaar, one of the main characters Sita wore to the screams of the girls locked under the basement. Yep the book was pretty intense, but beautiful at the same time. A Walk Across the Sun is about, two sisters Ahalya Ghai (17) and Sita (15) who lost their mother and father after a tsunami destroyed their town on the coast of India, while trying to reach a safe haven they were kidnapped by human traffickers and sold to a brothel. On the other side of the ocean, in the U.S. D.C. Attorney Thomas Clarke is facing his own crisis, professional and personal – but during a trip to the park he witnesses a kidnapping of a little girl, who, may have been kidnapped by human traffickers
I’ll skip all Thomas’s personal stuff. The three main characters become connected after Thomas starts an internship with an organization called C.A.S.E a Coalition for combating sex trafficking in India. During a brothel raid, the brothel Sita and Ahalya are in. The raid happened right after Ahalya was raped (which.. no words) while, Ahalya was saved by Thomas and the CASE workers, Sita was taken away a buyer named Navin, who does very questionable things throughout the book.
What I loved about the book is that, the main character changed depending on the situation. In the beginning the author focused more on Ahalya so you saw everything through her eyes, then Thomas, and then by the middle Sita’s story line had taken over. I felt as if I was walking that road with her, from the time she gets to Paris (Navin leaves her there), when she tried to escape, or when she ended up with the Russians’, then two different places in the U.S, another escape attempt (I was rooting for her), or when she comforted a girl in her situation, or when she almost died. That girl never lost hope, just like her sister never lost hope that Thomas would find her. Even though the subject matter is intense. There was still an underlining message of hope. The book also didn’t sugar coat the horrors of sex trafficking, you saw the ugly truth from both the victims, NGO’s, and perpetrator’s point of view.
That being said, the book was amazing, the author did a great job explaining the subject matter and the characters, but I give it a 7.5/10. I loved everything about the book, I felt as if I was a part of the team and felt as if Sita was my little sister. Every chapter had a message and used a specific quote to convey its message BUT…. Too much time was spent on Thomas and his wife Priya and I understand why, but I really didn’t care to know about their marriage life and storybook romance. I needed them to focus more on getting Sita back. That being said, I do recommend this book for the subject matter, especially if you want to learn more about human trafficking BUT be warned that you might want to skip some of Thomas’s storyline.
Book Rating: 7.5/ 10