The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

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Book: The Fountains of Silence


Author: Ruta Sepetys


Book Series: Standalone


Rating: 1/5


Publication Date: October 1, 2019


Genre: YA Historical Fiction


Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed


Publisher: Philomel Books


Pages: 512


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Synopsis: Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.


Review: Another book I had to DNF. I couldn’t get into it as much as I love history and I thought that the pacing and plot were very slow coming. The characters weren’t interesting or developed in my opinion and the book had a lot of events that I thought were uneventful.


Verdict: Not for me.