Mar 20, 2012

A Walk Across the Sun

I recently won a five book prize pack from HarperCollins Canada. This is one of those books.

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

From Amazon: 
When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
 
Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
 
I didn't know how to describe this book in my own words, so you get the blurb from Amazon. Beautifully written, this novel takes you into the all too real horrors of human trafficking.

This is a book people should read. Although the main plot centres around India, it's made clear that human trafficking is happening everywhere, all the time. The story takes us to France, as well as the United States, as well as talks about Russia, Estonia and the Baltics. It's not just a problem off on the other side of the world - It's happening in your backyard. This is the kind of book that starts conversations and puts ideas in people's heads.

On a scale from Totally Awesome to Horrifically Awful, I'd give it an Incredible. Moving, outraging, heart warming and action packed. You should pick it up.

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