About the Book
Publication Date: September, 12, 2006 by David Fickling Books
Blurb: Berlin 1942
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
Oh, the ending. The ending was haunting because there were so many loose ends that still weren't tied up. When I read the last page, I was like "Wait, what? That's it?" The ending was shocking and heartbreaking and it left me with a feeling of incomplete, which was really haunting. My mind didn't like the ending because it wanted more of the story to be resolved. However, at the same time, I absolutely loved the ending because of the disturbing effect that it gave the story.
Overall, I felt that the plot of this book could have made for an amazing story, if only the writing style and Bruno's personality were different.