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31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
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bookshelves: 2010, pbs-sent
Read from September 29 to October 08, 2010 , read count: 1

This book was really interesting to me. The author really tries hard to make Jonas a sympathetic character even though he's been trained to blow up the NYC subway system. I learned a lot from the book about Islam, and in many places the religion is painted in a good light (for instance, in Mahmoud's phone call with his father). Jonas seems to feel that he takes part in ALL religions, but at the same time, in none.

I did not like Jonas' mother character. Too much "motherly intuition" and plus she was annoying. I don't know, I didn't really like -any- of the characters, to be honest, except maybe the homeless guy "Sonny Hirt". He was a neat guy.

I really enjoyed the format of the book, with the two time zones at the top of each page. I liked that the point of view shifted between characters, and that Jonas' parents seemed to be coming together while Vic's were moving apart.

I must say that I am almost offended by a comment on the back of the book saying that "women in particular will devour this book" or something to that effect (I'll fix the quote if I get home and find it is drastically different).

I wish there had been some kind of ending. I guess it is left up to us to decide what happens. Was Jonas successful? If so, did Mara and Aaron make it home before-hand? How does his family react, and Vic (and this applies whether or not he is successful)? What happens to Mahmoud?

I think this book is worth reading once. It's not your typical book, and it did keep me reading. I'd love to know what other people think about it!
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