Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See


Rachael Hargis, Staff Writer

Are you interested in history? Coming-of-age tales? If so, this heartbreaking, emotion-packed novel is the one for you. Set right before World War 2, this story takes on the perspectives of two young children from both opposing sides: Werner Pfennig, an orphan living in a small coal-mining town in Germany, and Marie-Laure, a french girl struggling to cope with her blindness. As the war approaches, they are both struck with confusion, distress, but most importantly, opportunity. It was interesting to see how different the impact of the war was on a Nazi child compared to a child on the side of the Allied Powers. Also, the author did a good job at showing how everyone is human at the end of the day regardless of their differences. Overall, I would give this book a 10/10.