Fallen Angels

by Walter Dean Myers

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Synopsis

Main Character: Richie Perry, Lobel, Monaco, Johnson, Brunner, and Harold (Peewee) Gates

Setting: During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s

Conflict: To survive their time in Vietnam

Plot: A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Theme: Desire to Escape and Companionship as Salvation

Rating

I would give this book a 5/5. It was very interesting, they gave a great amount of detail and the story was very solid

Recommendation

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes wartime or realistic fiction books. The book is 320 pages long so it would take a decent amount of time to finish. The book does have some racial themes and does have quite a bit of cursing though. The book was dedicated to his late brother(Walter Dean Myers brother) that die died in 1968 during the war.