I’m going to say, right off the bat, that I don’t like the cover for Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson. And while I don’t want that to be a reason for not reading this one, I have to admit that it definitely plays a role in how tempted I am to not add it to my TBR. I think it’s got a lot to do with how much I hate the yellow shirt he’s wearing and I really can’t stand the text font, color, and placement. But the thing is, if I based my entire reaction to this book on its cover, I feel like I would be missing out on a thoroughly important novel about an amazing character and the hardships he faces when forced to become a child soldier for a jihadi group. And really, I would have felt somewhat ashamed of myself if I missed out on this book because I didn’t like the cover.
So, Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday may not be the sort of book I’d buy just to have the aesthetic of it on my shelf, I definitely find that it is one I’d love to read. Following the story of a young man after his family is kidnapped and his incredible journey of sacrifice, hope, and survival in an unforgiving world that has left him subject to a great deal of awful circumstances.
I’m really looking forward to getting myself a copy of this novel. I feel like it’s going to discuss a large amount of important topics and, frankly, I find that to be something essential in the world. What do you think of this book so far? Is it one you might be interested in adding to your TBR? Are you not as interested? Let me know in the comments!