Survivors' Dawn is a debut novel by Ashley Warren about sexual assault on a college campus. The story features three female college students and one male college student.
When I read the excerpts from the novel I knew that I had to read the novel. I am leery about books dealing with sexual assault. As a survivor I have difficulty handling the topic being portrayed in an insensitive manner. Reading the excerpts I was very confident in Warren's narration.
The story is handled with grace. The characters are given their voice to tell their side of the story. You see them blaming themselves, being blamed, and acting out. Most importantly you see them standing strong and fighting back.
This is such an important topic, and it is one that I am glad that Warren has brought to light. While the book is fiction, it is a great way to start a conversation about sexual assault on university campus. However, it is ultimately a fictional account. There are parts that are more realistic than others. Some parts left me wishing if only that really would happen.
The writing was very strong. The characters were full of depth and individuality. I was pulled right into their world and experienced a wide depth of emotions. I am extremely glad that I decided to pick up Survivors' Dawn.
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