Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)
The day her parents die in a fiery crash in East Africa, Asha’s world turns upside down. When they dispatch her to a seaside village in India to join a family she never knew existed, her life turns even darker.
In a new country where girls don’t matter and forbidden customs prevail, her future is unimaginable. Strong-headed Asha rebels against subjugation and stands up every time she’s kicked down. This only makes her a bigger target. She has one chance to escape before she is forced to become the girl-bride of the most vile man in the village.
With a grand plan to get away from this destiny, Asha flees across the oceans to the glass tower city of Toronto. She believes she has finally found freedom but instead gets caught in the clutches of modern day slavery. It takes a whole lot of grit, gumption and iron-will for Asha to make her second escape, this time with the help of her new best friend, Katy from Toronto.
Disowned is a gritty, heart-stopping tale about family, betrayal and crime that will take you from the streets of Tanzania to a village in India, and to the steel jungles of Toronto.
This is the first book in the Red-Heeled Rebels trilogy. This contemporary adventure series spans the globe and features a gutsy team of heroines from four continents who aren’t afraid to fight for their rights.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10
Plot: Herath offers a powerful and well developed story of a teen facing tremendous loss amidst the cruelties of patriarchy. High adrenaline and brisk action sequences aren't at odds with Herath’s more subtle examinations of sociocultural issues, including gender discrimination, human trafficking, and violence.
Prose: Throughout this impactful novel, Herath largely captures the voice of a teen girl, through some of her dialogue is at odds with the more mature and introspective prose.
Originality: With ingenuity, Herath meaningfully addresses weighty sociocultural issues, without sacrificing a sense of narrative purpose or subtlety.
Character Development: Herath infuses primary female characters with passion and subtle sophistication,, connecting them to one another with precision and grace.
Date Submitted: June 03, 2018