War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.
The one impossibility in my life is love.
And then I meet HIM.
War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man’s very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven’t been through it, there’s no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you’re dead.
Now the only thing that can save me is HER.
Rania is a little girl who lost her parents to the war, lost her uncle to the war, and is losing her auntie to a depression caused by the war. But now, she is also losing her brother to the war, being abandoned by him without a future as he fights against the Americans in his country.
Alone, she gets hungry, and almost dying with malnutrition and despair, she meets Maliki, a man who has food and plenty to drink, powerful to his army. He makes a deal with her to give her food for a price: her body. It’s the first time for Rania, and after that, she starts to do what she needs to do to survive.
Hunter Lee is a soldier. He lost his parents e has only Derek, his best friend, and his girlfriend. He fights in Iraq, and lives his life to protect his country. While visiting his home, he discover that his girlfriend is cheating on him. Wounded, cheated and without anyone waiting for him at home, Hunter goes back to Iraq for the last time, without a future.
The paths between Rania and Hunter cross when a shooting between Iraqis and Americans takes place near Rania’s home. In the shooting, she sees Hasssan, her brother, being shoot by Derek, and after that Hunter tries to save Derek covering his body. When Rania and Hunter’s eyes cross each other, she sees something else in him, and decides to save him, dragging his body to her house.
In a war and with so many setbacks, the last of them being the fact that they don’t speak each other language, how can a Iraq whore and an American soldier fall in love?
Wounded is a precious read, detailing its pains in a point that you want to pull your heart out your chest. With introspective passages, this book doesn’t save the readers from the war horrors, neither from the horrors of Rania’s life or the horror of Hunter’s situation, a prisoner in his bed, eating the food that she earns selling her body, and wanting to help her fight against the abuse and assaults when he can’t. It’s a book full o sensations, even when its narrative doesn’t cover in details what Rania is going through he is true to her feeling. She is a just a girl who grew up to fast with too much going on.
Marked by strong characters and hard moments, almost naked for its truth, Rania and Hunter’s history is about hope and love above everything. The book works on the readers’ sensibility. It’s an experience, not only a read, and will change, even just for one moment, everyone that reads that. Loving or hating Wounded, you will be changed.
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Country: United States
Age group: New Adult
Publisher: Seth Clarke
Publication date: December 16th, 2012
Purchase: • Amazon.com
Rating: 5 books