A Hope More Powerful than the Sea Book ReviewWhy have people been fleeing from Syria in crazy numbers? Why are they risking their lives in rickety ships to get to Europe? We know of the devastation occurring in Syria through photos and stats and news reports. But do we understand? Do we see through the eyes of those whose lives have been forever upended by the violence?

Melissa Fleming invites the reader to gain new perspective on the tragedy in Syria, experiencing the conflict through the eyes of Doaa, a Syrian girl. As a writer and a journalist, Fleming skillfully weaves together the narrative of a normal Syrian family, leading the reader to a deeper understanding of the Syrian refugee situation.

From the first days of unrest to the decision to flee Syria to a blossoming romance, we see Doaa change as her world changes. None of the book is an easy read, but in particular, the description of Doaa’s days stranded at sea was truly horrifying and sickening.  A Hope More Powerful than the Sea is a highly recommended social justice read to better understand the journey many Syrian refugees have taken across the Mediterranean sea in search of a safe haven and how so many have been lost at sea.

From the description: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler’s dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa’s struggle for survival really begins.

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