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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Sueño en Llamas: From the Ashes His Conscience was Born, by Marvin DeLos Reyes, is the story of three Latino youths trying to find their footing in pursuit of the American dream. Best friends for many years, the three are an illustration of the journey towards achieving the much craved dream. Their histories and backgrounds are each so unique and yet they are very similar in many ways. However, one of them is still haunted by a past that he cannot trace. His dreams are filled with nightmares of a horrific fire and a struggle to escape. He does not know whether these flames that haunt him are just dreams or a part of the past that his mind has chosen to block out. Is it possible that his story could be a part of his people's history? The book tells touching stories of different Latinos in America and how and why they got where they are; mostly not by choice but by necessity.
Sueño en Llamas: From the Ashes His Conscience was Born, by Marvin DeLos Reyes, is a surreal and deeply emotional story. The book narrates the agony of leaving home in pursuit of greener pastures, but only very few get to really make it in the promised land. Many, mostly illegal, stay struggling and living in dire conditions. The book undoubtedly represents the plight of Latino immigrants and highlights why many have had to leave their homes and loved ones behind, and their never-ending struggle for a better day. As each of the stories is narrated, Marvin DeLos Reyes paints a cloud of sad and surreal emotions, almost philosophical. The writing style, which sometimes feels poetic, brings out all the right emotions in this very touching story filled with suffering and endurance, but also with love.