General: Slow, Historic, Riveting and Heart Wrenching...
Plot: "Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."(Goodreads)
Marie Laure- Blind French girl looking to exist through WWII and help her father with his job at the natural history museum as a lock smith. She is sweet, intuitive in the streets of Paris, and then the sleepy town of Saint Malo. Marie is the best character i have ever read, she is fully fleshed out and so real that i feel that i could see her on the streets, or that I have been friends with her for eternity.
Marie's uncle who lives a secluded life in his mansion on 4 Rue Voborel Saint Malo, with only a servant for company. During previous wars he was enlisted alongside his brother, until his brother is blown to bits and he is sent home with PTSD that debilitates him until his niece arrives to pull him out of his shell. Sheepish, Odd, endearing, Uncle Ettiene...