This is one of those stories that’s hard/tough/heart-breaking to read, but important enough to push through.
When the topic deals with sex trafficking and human trafficking, you don’t really expect anything different. Author (and fellow Dreamer and Builder friend of mine! 🙂 ), Elora Ramirez does a fantastic job portraying the story of those who suffer at the hands of trafficking in her book, Every Shattered Thing. It’s stirring and real.
Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she’s so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost – redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?
*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*
I really wanted to believe the issues dealt with in this book we’re so far from happening in any city of the US. That human trafficking only happens in cities thousands of miles away. But statistics speak of another truth.
There were times when I was so frustrated at the situation and wished people would just run away from it all or the bad guys would just get busted before anything else could happen. But that’s the reality for the people in these situations. It’s not always an easy fix where someone can simply pick up and walk away. When you pause and really grasp what that means, it feels like a sucker punch. This is reality for people around the world and for many in the US. One that we really need to change.
This book is raw, real and honest (definitely for mature audiences). Yet powerful.
One complaint? I wanted to story to continue. It ended and there was an epilogue, but I wanted more! What happened next? Where does the journey continue? So maybe one day will be a sequel. Just throwing it out there Elora ;).
Sidenote: If you’ve read it, was there not one scene where you screamed Stand By Me!? It made me want to watch that movie or at listen to the song (one of my favs).
I hope you get a chance to read this one!
What other fiction reads out there have you read that deal with social justice issues? Jody Hedlund’s Unending Devotion, is another fantastic read. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Oh and I updated my “Let’s Change the World!” page with more resources, so be sure to check it out!!
(Thank you Elora for the copy in exchange for my honest review)