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Not everything is as it seems
on 18 January 2016
This was definitely a very interesting perspective on the war from a young man's personal - albeit fictional - experience of being assigned to the trenches. He is stationed near Ypes as a telegraph operator, even though he dreams of being able to fight with the soldiers up front, with his best friend. However, Billy soon realizes that down at the trenches, things aren't as simple as they look and he experiences the horror of being stuck there when things get bad. He witnesses many of his closest friends dying, and he learns that anything he sees or hears happening around him is not to be spoken of. He is to pretend he does not exist. Orders have to be obeyed, no matter what they may be, or you'll find yourself with a bullet in your back...by one of your own.
This was quite a good book, not as exciting as some of the others in the series, but definitely good. I enjoyed reading it, and I found myself learning so much about the war in the trenches.