Release Date: March 7, 2017
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Hardcover: 272 pages | Audio Length: 7 hours 51 mins
Narrator: Marisol Ramirez , Ramón de Ocampo
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: While her parents are away for a holiday weekend in the mountains around Cali, a teenager finds herself home alone for the first time, with the household help mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radio—and then she hears a knock at the door. The girl’s teacher recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones, while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, having escaped Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and people you love can disappear without a trace.
A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one another’s lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, The Lucky Ones captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerillas, and drug traffickers tear the country apart. Combining vivid details of life under siege with a hallucinatory feel that befits its violent world, The Lucky Ones introduces a truly original and exciting new voice in fiction.
*This audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
The story is told from alternating viewpoints, with each chapter coming from a different character. The one similarity between them all, though, is drugs. With that being said, I felt that the main ‘character’ in the story wasn’t any one individual, but the drugs itself. All of the characters seemed to be there for one main purpose, and that was to tell the story of narcotics.