Sirocco Express tells the story of Adebayo, a young Nigerian boy. He is intelligent, very well read, with an over-active imagination and driven to seek out and experience his idea of Dickensian London.
His journey with ruthless people-smugglers across West and North Africa is packed with adventure, dramatic and sometimes tragic events interspersed with informative geographical featues. The latter are cleverly introduced by way of Femi's guidebook and latr Adebayo's diary.
It was easy to emphasise with Adebayo's character and all the other players were well drawn and completely believable. The story took us behind the scenes and into the lives of deperate refugees and offered a glimpse into the sometimes shady and often dangerous world of the people behind the headlines.
The book was a classic 'page turner' and completely un-put-down-able. As I neared the end of the story I began to wonder how it would resolve itself and where Adebayo's eventful journey would lead him. The ending, when it arrived was wonderful and eminently satisfying.
All-in-all a really good read!
Jillian King. BA:English Literature; BA Honours: Psychology