Happy belated release day!
Thanks to Touchstone Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE SLEEPING WORLD by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes – released yesterday!
A historical fiction novel about the post-Franco world in Spain and a solid debut!
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
I will always love a good historical fiction book. Throw in post-Franco Spain, and this is one I’m definitely interested in! One of my majors in college was Spanish and the history always fascinated me, mainly because it’s something we don’t typically learn about (or at least go in depth). THE SLEEPING WORLD by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is a fantastic and immersive debut about the post-Franco Spain culture and the effects of the war.
Not only do the readers dive into the protests, the violence, and resistance in this post war time in Spain, but we get to follow the journey of one girl who is trying to find her brother. Mosca is a university student and her younger brother, Alexi, is among the “disappeared”. He was taken two years prior and all of those who were “disappeared” were all considered dead. Mosca and her friends get caught up in the turmoil and rebellions happening that they commit an act that carries things too far. Now they must flee their hometown – but the more they travel, Mosca gets more hope that her brother is still alive. How far will she go to save him?
Fuentes does a phenomenal job setting the scene. We have characters that are well-developed and complex. The descriptions in this story are detailed and you get a real sense of being in this 1970’s post-Franco Spain. You do get more history and background on this time, but nothing too much to where it can lose some readers. It did have a slower build in the beginning, but then you are completely sucked in! It’s haunting and dark, but so beautifully written.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, then I’d highly recommend grabbing a copy of THE SLEEPING WORLD. If you’re wanting to learn a little more about the history and culture of other countries in war-stricken periods, then I’d say this is one you need to read about the post-Franco years.
I will always love historical fiction – especially on Spanish history. Having that be one my major areas of study in college it’s always fun and refreshing to read more on the topics!