The rebels measure each boy against an AK47 rifle. Those shorter are left behind. Those taller are taken. Eleven year old Obinna is taller. We feel mankind’s inhumanity brought to life for us through the voice of the boy soldier. The writing is easy to read and beautiful. The content is powerful, gripping, horrific, violent and explicit. This novel is illuminating; as innocence is stripped away what kind of creature do we become?