Exit West by Mohsin Hamid ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I finished this book but couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. Exit West is a beautiful love story with wonderfully developed characters.
The story is both realistic and torn from today’s headlines all while being somewhat mystical and even a bit “1984”.
As their city crumbles around them in war and political unrest two young people are thrown together and fall hard in love and lust. Escape becomes possible through a rumored system of “doors”. I couldn’t decide for myself if the doors were meant to be magical or more like an Underground Railroad. Hamid leaves it to your imagination.
But going through the doors is only the first step to building a new life in an unfamiliar country – one where the welcome mat is not out.
And in the end, drifting apart, finding new focus, but forever being grateful for each other during a tumultuous journey of survival.
Exit West will make you grateful for the things you have and the people you love.