I haven’t read Fallen Angels, but apparently this novel is a companion to it (Birdy’s Uncle Ritchie was the protagonist in Fallen Angels). I don’t know how most kids will react to Walter Dean Myers’ latest. I found the experiences of the soldiers to be illuminating, and I think that all students who are considering the armed forces ought to read this to get a soldier’s perspective on war, but I wasn’t as drawn in by the characters as I was with Monster or Shooter. If you read it, please let me know how you liked it.
Recommended for grades 8-12.