My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Kay Bratt's books. I think that she may be laureled as the modern-day China's Pearl S. Buck. Her stories about the plight of unwanted children in modern-day China due to the one-child law implemented to prevent exponential population growth is mind opening. But sociopolitical discussions aside, her stories are mesmerizing. They are page-turners.
Now, I can start talking about Red Skies as a companion book to the books in The Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series. You do not have to read the series to understand the story. However, if this is your first Kay Bratt book, you will want to read all her other stories.
The story centers around one of Benfu and Calli's daughters (Mari) and her adventure with an American (Max) who went to China to find a way to deal with his loss. Through a necessary business transaction—Max needing a translator and guide to Beijing and Mari needing money to support herself and her perscription-drug-addicted husband—a strong bond and friendship ensue. Max and Mari meet two street urchin girls and their lives change forever.
As with all of Kay's books, I could not put this one down until I had finished it. Throughout the time I was reading the book, all I could think of is how Ms. Bratt just outdid herself with this story. There were so many twists and turns that I read the book in 1.5 days. I am not a person who has many leisure or reading hours in the day, but the dishes, the house—the work—had to wait. I just couldn't put the book down . I can honestly say that this book, besides being my favorite, is a masterpiece. I would love to see it played out in a great movie story.
And, by the way, Ms. Bratt's characters are so three-dimensional that I forget that I am reading a novel, a work of fiction. Her characters are personable and believable. When they hurt, my heart hurts too.
So, if you are reading this review in order to decide whether to read this book, don't hesitate. Go for it. You won't regret it.
And by the way, I received the book in exchange for an honest review. However, to tell you the truth, I would have bought it anyway. As I said earlier, I love all Ms. Bratt's works, and her novels just keep getting better.
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