Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See is an absolutely amazing piece of literature! It is a novel of realistic and historical fiction, and revolves around the two main characters Marie-Laure LeBlanc who is a blind Parisian, and Werner Pfennig who is a German orphan. The novel propels the readers through the characters’ life stories during the Nazi invasion in 1944. Anthony Doerr is an incredibly intelligible man who brings out the world of science and history in poetic forms so that it is communicable to readers of all ages and interest. I loved this book and the way every setting, person, or event was described with such a vast lexicon that brought the supposed mood to the readers. Hats off to Anthony Doerr and All The Light We Cannot See! I definitely give this book a 5/5 star rating! I recommend this book for ages 12 and up!
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
As deep as the ocean and more, this book will pull in readers with its unresistable hypotonizing charm. Marie-Laure, the purest soul one could ever meet, is a genuine protagonist to follow. Werner, a bright young man who would rather be defined by his thoughts than his intelligence, goes through things that would break down almost anyone else. Although I was expecting the two to meet up, it didn't happen until way past halfway in the book. I didn't know what I was supposed to be expecting, but this was clearly not a romance book. Metaphorically, they both lived through a cloudy and dark day. I think their only meeting was like a moment of light, like a bright red of a sunset that escaped the veil, before the setting of the sun into the water. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This story is a combination of two tales; that of Marie-Laure, and that of Werner. Both are on conflicting sides in the middle of one of the largest wars on earth; world war 2. But throughout the story, you see how similar these people are, and how, in light of these recent events, people still retain their humanity. A quote that I found touched me the most, and that summarizes the story exquisitely, is this, "'Your problem Werner,' says Frederick (Werner's friend from cadets), 'is that you still believe you own your life.'" This is true for both Werner and Marie-Laure. For, amongst the ashes, we will rise. Hope, innocence, and loyalty is all tested in this one, tremendous story of hearts that will never break. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever felt anything at all in their hearts. Be prepared for a worthwhile week on the couch with the Kleenex box.
- @AelinBaggins of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
A double narrative award-winning story of a young blind French girl and a radio operative German boy who works for the Nazis, paths collide. This book really reminded me of 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak, I loved this book for its stunning visuals and its quotable quotes, it really was gut-wrenching as everyone says so.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library