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Black Helicopters

Black Helicopters - Blythe Woolston Black Helicopters is a messed up little story, and while it's imperfect, it's totally worth the read. It's reasonably obvious from the synopsis that this story is about a suicide bomber, but it's about a lot more than that. It's about conspiracy theorists. To me, it was also about how strongly a person's upbringing shapes them and how deeply embedded values that are taught at a young age can become. Since I don't think I've seen other reviews mention it, it's worth noting that Black Helicopters alternates between present day and flashbacks from Valley's childhood.Woolston's prose isn't something I'll be waving my metaphorical pom-poms about anytime soon, but this story is incredibly well-crafted. There are some metaphors here that are exceptionally well done, though I do think I'd get even more out of them if I reread the book.The plot of this story is incredibly fast-paced. It's the type of book that you'll finish in under two hours. I think reading Black Helicopters requires focus and an eye for detail, which is to say I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for a light, fluffy story.I had two minor problems that stop me from loving this book. One is that I thought the agenda seemed excessively obvious. Woolston is showing us what happens when you teach a child extremist beliefs, and she's also trying to give us a look at why people do awful things. If you read the hardcover, there's a little blurb on the back jacket about why Woolston wrote the book. Had I not seen that it may have been less obvious.I also thought that the book felt incomplete. I think Woolston should have fleshed out one plot point and one character a little more--just making it a mere 5 or 10 pages longer--and it would have felt much more complete. As it was, even though the story ended, it felt like it just wasn't enough.If you want a book that you can finish right away yet still become fully absorbed in, I recommend picking up this one ASAP.