Thursday, February 6, 2014
A THREAD UNBROKEN (KAY BRATT)
Amazon Publishing|2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978 161 218 4463
Many believe that those who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. If that is so, the fates of Chai and Josi are weaved together and tied with a knot that cannot be broken. Chai has been the self-appointed protector of her best friend, Josi, since their toddler days. Their lives are as far from extravagant as can be imagined but they don't need material things to be content. Their carefree childhood comes to a screeching halt when they are snatched together and sold as house help, and possible future brides, to a family far away. This novel chronicles the girls struggle to adjust to their harsh new realities once the comforts and security of their old lives are stripped away. While Josi and others around them in the same situation have reluctantly accepted their new roles, Chai's warrior spirit cannot be broken. She remains strong and refuses to give up hope of finding a way home. Due to the infamous gender imbalance in China, thousands of females are trafficked every year to be sold as brides in remote villages and cities. Because of the lack of family recources and the minimal efforts of the government to break up these criminal rings, many of the girls are never heard from again. Folow this story to find out what happens when despite one father's lack of alies or money, he refuses to allow anyone to disrupt his quest to find his daughter.
Chai and Josi have been best friends since they were toddlers. Growing up in China both their families were poor. Chai's father worked as a labourer moving and piling bricks all day to make ends meet.
When Chai and Josi were thirteen-years-old they were kidnapped and sold as house help and possible future brides to a family living in a floating fishing village far away.
Chai and Josi were terrified and did the best they could to cope with their new reality. The father was a mean, over-powering bully of a man who often threatened them with physical harm. Their eldest son, Bo was a carbon copy of his father and looked down his nose at the two girls. He made terrible comments to them every chance he got. Their youngest son, Tao was a polite young man who, behind his father's back, befriended Chai and Josi.
Chai's father, Jun decided he would never give up looking for his daughter. The novel goes back and forth between the daily living of Chai and Josi and Jun's quest to search for his daughter.
Although this story is fiction, child trafficking occurs all the time in China. According to the author, 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in 2011 were rescued after 3,200 human trafficking gangs were broken up.
A THREAD UNBROKEN was a mesmerizing story that I just couldn't put down until I was finished. This is a book that everyone should read. The more awareness there is about human trafficking, the more that will be done about it.