I was reading this book along with the audio version(ISBN: 9780735205741), which was narrated by the author,Yasmine El Rashidi. It was a really short read; it was only 4 hours and 38 minutes long. Her narration was exactly how I imagined the book read: boring. She did not add much emotion to it.
The book was supposed to be a fiction, however it read more like a memoir on Egyptian politic. The character development was weak and confusing. For example, I thought “uncle” was dead, but he reappeared again. Was she referring to a different uncle, were there more than one uncles, or was there a time conflict?
Since most of the book is about politic, prejudice or favoritism was hard to avoid. I did like how the author left a lot of room for readers to think. However, most of the readers like myself do not know much about Egypt so it was hard to connect the dots. I think it would be better if there was more background information.