Escape the Pain to Survive by Katherine Nelson (Book Review #58)

 

Firstly I would like to write a little about Katherine. Escape the Pain is her first novel, and she has a passion for raising money and awareness for at-risk youth and military veterans. The Author wishes you to know that all profits from book sales will be going to organizations and ministries devoted to at-risk youth and military veterans. Given that it is Christmas, I believe that it would be nice to give back to our troubled youth and help in some form, as they are our future.

Escape the pain is a story written about a 17-year-old girl that has been suffering from abuse. This troubled girl named Sam has nowhere to go and is looking for some sort of light to show her the way. A secret military based program that seeks vulnerable kids like Sam sway her towards signing up. They give her hope in taking care of her and giving her cause. Sam signs the consent form contract without the need of any legal guardian and joins this group pretending to be an organization working for the country. Once inside, though, she realizes that everything was a lie and now they own her. Ever heard of the phrase, from the pot into the frying pan? Well, that pretty much is what happens to this poor girl.

Sam is stuck in her contract, and they wish to make her a killing machine. She has to find the courage to confront the vicious leader and take some courageous moves in order to save herself and to get some answers.

I really liked this book. Not only because of the plot and that it was true to the nature of its works but because although it is fiction, important objective situations are laid out within the story. The manner and emotions involved in the subtext of the story as well as references to people that suffer from depression, trauma, difficult up bringing’s and setbacks were accomplished very well. There are references to Christianity and spirituality, which I believe is always a nice addition. The tale of Sam also discusses redemption, compassion, and personal growth. The pace of the story was well intriguing, and the literary standard was in good shape and easy to understand. I would like to add that I was not a big fan of the cover.

I recommend this book for anyone that likes to read subjects that also come with a little more depth and learning.

Written by Jeyran Main

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