This is the fifth and final instalment in Churcher’s Battle Ground series, and as I don’t wish to give anything away, I’ll by necessity keep this one pretty brief (should you wish to read my previous reviews of the series, click here for book one, book two, book three, and book four)
‘Victory Day’ brings to a close a rollercoaster of action and politics, betrayal and loyalty, trust in government and abuse of power, that has entertained me – and made me think – all the way through; a perfect blend for a YA reader, in these interesting times that they are growing up in.
There are many things that society insists should divide us; race, gender, sexuality, politics, class, wealth, weight, height, hair colour, and sundry others – everything, in fact. Whether they should divide us is another matter (spoiler alert: they shouldn’t, difficult as it may be to resist that tribal instinct). Everyone does things for their own reasons; whilst we may not always be able to agree with those reasons, or a person’s actions, it is advisable to try to empathise with their point of view, in order that some kind of rapprochement can result, and a peaceful understanding be made.
Like I always say: people are people.
Churcher’s ‘Battle Ground’ series reminds us that, while it is good to question motives, we mostly have more in common than we might believe – even if a person seems to be our complete opposite.
And that’s a great lesson for a young reader to learn.
Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith meet in London. As the war heats up around them, Bex and Ketty must learn to trust each other. With her friends and family in danger, Bex needs Ketty to help rescue them. For Ketty, working with Bex is a matter of survival. When Victory is declared, both will be held accountable for their decisions.
The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.
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