All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reviewed by H. Mankowski, April 2017

The novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr features two teenagers during World War II each facing their own struggles. It tells the story of Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl living in a Nazi occupied city and the hardships surrounding her life. The other protagonist, Werner Pfennig, is a poor boy from a city in Germany graced with a brilliant mind but doomed to the life of a soldier. The perspective of the story alternates between the two protagonists thus weaving an intricate tale that captivates the mind of the reader. The book does contain swearing and descriptions of the violence surrounding the era, specifically the soldiers, but overall it serves to enhance the reader’s perception of the lives of the people. I recommend this novel to those who enjoyed The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or those who enjoy reading historical fiction.