Synopsis from Goodreads
This novel is fascinating and could become an integral and important part of essential reading for students. Losing Agir deals with complex and serious human rights issues in a manageable and digestible way using strong, believable characters and a fast paced, thrilling plot. Despite the depth of the subject area covered at no point does the novel feel too complex or get bogged down in theory, which makes it a great read for young adults as well as older readers.
REVIEW BY BETH
The story is told from Alice’s perspective. Alice is in care because of a personal tragedy and it’s clear she struggles with it, causing her problems at school and finding a stable foster home is all she’s ever wanted. Cue her placement with Tom and Glenda, who on paper seem ideal but in reality the opposite is true. The dark and sinister world operation that Tom seems to run becomes even murkier when Agir arrives. Agir is another foster child in their care who has arrived from Turkey. The destruction and violence Agir saw in Turkey before leaving are interesting and terrifying based on fact and it’s hard to feel anything but empathy for the character and his family as their mountain village home, including many of the residents, is destroyed. On meeting Agir and seeing him in less than kosher situations with Tom, Alice becomes extremely confused about the situation she has found herself in and it’s clearly far from the perfect foster home.
The novel does move very quickly but there are a few faltering moments where I wondered whether Agir was one of the bad guys or whether he was the victim and the writer gives us a few hints to which is the truth.
This novel deals with the horrific topic of child trafficking in such a way that is it digestible and the story can genuinely be enjoyed. It’s an area of history and society which many people may not know much about and this novel could be the first stepping stone into finding out more in this area and carrying out further research.