Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Recommendation : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Disclaimer – I received a free digital download of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I found Run Rebel to be an extremely intense and emotional read. The start is engaging and this continues throughout the verse as we slowly unpick the story of Amber. The book slowly reveals the struggle for a lot of South East Asian/ marginalised girls and women just because of the sex that they are born, always squashed under the shadow of the men in their lives. Amber seeks a life out of the shadows for herself, along with her sister Ruby and mother, where they are free to live as they want without the reins of control the women in her family have had to endure for generations.
As an avid reader of poetry I really appreciated the writing style of the author and her ability to tell her tale through verse. Page turning becomes a necessity as you start to unravel the dark secrets in the Rui family and discover what the future holds for Amber. I find myself haunted by the sufferings of Amber and her female relatives and the thought that so many women are still suffering in tyrannical households. This book was both heart warming and heart breaking at the same time, a definite recommendation that I think everybody should read.