Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Days of Insult by Erin Eldridge is a historical event/era novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who like historical fiction set in the 1940s and who do not mind war, violence, sexual content, and explicit language. Sacha is a Russian teenager who was forced to flee his village when the Nazis invaded Russia and his village was attacked. While he is fleeing for his life, a group of partisan fighters finds him and Sacha joins up with them to help free his country. Does Sacha have what it takes to defy the odds and save his country, or will he die in the attempt?
Days of Insult by Erin Eldridge has an interesting cover that intrigued me because it did not have typical war images, but instead shows a forest. The book itself clearly demonstrates the author’s talent for seamlessly blending fact and fiction together in perfect balance. I found the book to be an interesting read because while it did take place during World War II it did not read anything like a history book. Instead, the book followed the life of Sacha as he transformed from a scared child into a seasoned soldier ready to fight for his country. This is the first fiction book I've read on World War II with a Russian as the main character, and I liked that fact as it made the book unique and it provided a different perspective on the war.