On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award
#1 Bestseller in “Coming-Of-Age” Fiction
#1 Bestseller in “Asian-American” Literature
From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage…
After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo’s ruin came overnight. Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity’s spirit of hope burns brightest.
The Heart of Aleppo starts with an explosion of action that drags you into the story immediately. That momentum slows at points, but picks up near the end, making it easy to breeze through in one sitting.
However, at times, the dull and repetitive descriptions bog down the story’s overall pace. This, and Habib’s constant use of ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’ made it hard for the writer inside me to enjoy the story as much as I would have liked.
On the other hand, these flaws do not hinder the character-building too much, and I found Zaid, Salman, and Fatima very interesting and lovable characters. The plot was well thought out, giving us an ending that brought tears to my eyes.
At the heart of The Heart of Aleppo is a story of a boy fighting to survive, to fulfill his one dream—helping others. Habib has created a tender story calling for peace in times of war.
I Rate It: 3 ½ stars
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the author through Prism Book Tours for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Ammar Habib is a bestselling and award-winning author who was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining but will also stay with the reader for a long time. Ammar presently resides in his hometown with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans. He draws his inspiration from his family, imagination, and the world around him.
One winner will receive a signed copy of Habib’s national award-winning novel, Memories of My Future (US only). Memories of My Future is an historical/inspirational novel that was published in 2016. It received several accolades after its release, including the Independent Press Award in May 2017.
Ends November 13, 2019