Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Review by Tristan H.

January 8, 2018

In a breathtaking adventure, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, exploits the challenges some soldiers experienced during World War II. Unbroken is set in the time of World War II, following Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic long distance runner turned bombardier. Hillenbrand manages to put together a story full of pain and sadness, and still make an amazing story. What’s even more fascinating, Unbroken is a true book–Louis Zamperini is a real person who has been through all of the scenes.

An important theme in Unbroken is resilience. Louis Zamperini has shown constantly throughout the book that he is a resilient person. For example, despite having cracked ribs and bleeding in pain from getting ganged up on by other runners, he managed to crush the original NCAA Championship record (1,609 meter run) at 4:20, he ran a 4:08.3. After all this, he had only missed the WORLD record by 1.9 seconds. However his run and finish would stand as the NCAA record for nearly 15 years. Despite being injured during the race, he had one of the most stellar performances in a long distance run, ever. Another example of resilience is when Louis is captured by the Japanese Navy, and he was tortured in their prison. He managed to withstand all the pain and suffering from that all, and ended up living a long life afterwards.

Overall, I think this is a good book, and a good read. It truly is fascinating to know that this is a true story. The way Laura Hillenbrand wrote this was phenomenal, all the emotions were sent clearly and effectively. If you have not read this book, read it. If you have, reading it again would not be such a terrible idea , it’s THAT good. Out of ten, I would give Unbroken either an 9 or a 9.5. Excellent book, amazing backstory behind it as well.

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