The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Bone Sparrow is told from the perspective of Subhi, a refugee who was born in an Australian detention camp. Subhi's imagination is what helps him survive, as he listens to stories and thrives on them, imagining a world outside of the walls. One night, Jimmie - a girl from Outside - appears and sneaks into the camp to build an unlikely friendship with Subhi.
Something about this book just didn't sit right with me. I can appreciate the characters, the events and the narrative, as well as the imagery and wording that Fraillon uses, but this book just wasn't very enjoyable for me to read. The reason I pressed on with it was because I was intrigued by the conditions of which the refugees were treated and whilst I wanted to believe it was fiction, I know it was a lot closer to the truth than I'd like to admit. I would highly recommend checking out some other reviews before deciding whether or not you want to read this book, I can see how for some people it would be touching, inspiring and magical, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.