Goodreads Monday ~ And Then the Sky Exploded

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

And Then The Sky Exploded
By David A Poulsen
Publisher: Dundurn Group
ISBN13: 9781459736375
Pages: 208
Genre: Historical Fiction


When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends…somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

Or maybe, just maybe…they’re wrong.

I have been in search of more culturally and historically rich novels lately, and I stumbled across this on another blog (but sadly cannot remember which). The concept behind this really speaks to me. Have you read this or would you be willing to?

Happy Reading!


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48 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ And Then the Sky Exploded

  1. This sounds pretty interesting, but I don’t think it would be something I would personally read. The concept is pretty cool though! And I think the cover is really interesting as well! Hope you enjoy this 🙂

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    1. I really enjoy exploring culture through books when I actually select titles that do. I am not sure why I do not read more like this. I am reading Snow Flower and The Secret Fan at the moment. It is dripping with culture! 🙂


    1. I agree with you and that fact makes me even more curious to read this. I want to see what direction the author takes this. Will he utilize the opportunity to convey that important message as well? Or will this fall flat with some seriously missed opportunities?

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    1. I am hoping the author will use this as an opportunity to address the very issue the Bookstooge mentioned. It would be refreshing to have a title actually touch on the “not responsible” issue. I think we still see too much blame passed down through generations with certain issues and it is not correct. So we will see what happens with this 😉

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  2. I remember stumbling across this one on another blog months ago. I’m not big into historical fiction (which is probably weird since I love history) but this definitely sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to reading it! 😊

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  3. I really like the concept of this one, too! It’s so raw and reminds me of times when you blindly trust and love someone, until the truth hits you hard and ruthlessly, and you don’t really know what to do.
    It’s so nice to see this teenager stepping up to make amends for something that is not even his fault. Really brave and interesting.

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