Written in the same style as A Girl Named Mister, Nikki Grimes’ Dark Sons follows the same pattern of a Biblical voice and modern day teenager. Dealing with different themes of longing and desire to be loved, Dark Sons is another quick read for fans of lyrical and poetic writing.
In this winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor, bestselling and award-winning author Nikki Grimes uses free-verse poetry to powerfully tell the story of two boys, living in different times and lands, who both struggle with their faith as they watch their families fall apart.
Sam’s father was always a strong Christian, and so when his dad leaves Sam and his mom for another woman, and then announces his new wife is pregnant, Sam feels abandoned—even by God.
Ishmael knows he’s the first son of Abraham, and feels cherished by his father because of this position. But when visitors tell Abraham and his cruel wife, Sarah, that the real promised child will arrive soon, Ishmael is worried—and when Isaac arrives, Abraham becomes distant. Even Abraham’s God seems to be leaving Ishmael behind.
Sam and Ishmael’s stories and strong poetic voices connect to create a powerful narrative structure in Grimes’ story of faith, heartache, and forgiveness.
I have to admit, this one was a bit more sad for me than the last one. I couldn’t help but think of all the Sams I know (or have known) who are dealt hard blows and, while it’s a hard road, come out stronger for it. I thought Grimes did an excellent job with the emotions of each character in the short journal like entries.
I liked that it was from a viewpoint of Ishmael. I often find it easy to forget that these big names of the Bible were people just like me. With hurts, longings and desires. I thought Grimes did an excellent job exploring what it would have been like for Abraham’s son.
This is my second book from Nikki Grimes and I look forward to more! Who have you recently read multiple books of?
(Thank you to BlinkYA for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)