While the author of this book isn’t Vietnamese, she does have a background in anthropology, which really seems to have helped her write this novel. I was hoping to read about modern-day Vietnam in The Beauty of Humanity Movement, from the perspective of an “insider”, and that’s definitely the experience that Gibb produced.
I have to say, though – I think that Reid’s experiences were probably more interesting than most. I mean, really, how many young people today can say that their parents live on a farm with sheep, chickens, ducks, and a guinea fowl?
I think that I was a little misled by the cover copy on this book. Perhaps that’s why I shouldn’t put so much stock in the specifics of cover text – I end up confusing myself.
Just like in the previous book, I absolutely loved the concept behind the series. Real life teenagers ending up as the Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Freaking awesome! It’s a whole new way to approach “issue” novels without seeming overly preachy or glossing over the scary bits.