Review: Red Days by M.L. Sparrow

Title: Red Days
Author: M.L. Sparrow
Genre: Contemporary, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 118 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years, Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*

This book was realistic and eye-opening. I was horrified to learn about the barbaric way the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter is done on an annual basis.

When Keiko gets a new assignment, she discovers the horrific incident about annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter. It becomes more than an assignment for her as she tries every possible way to help stop this barbaric tradition. In the end, will she be able to make any difference?

Although twenty-five-year-old Keiko or Kiki lives a charmed life, she is still striving for a deserving position in the industry she works for. When she finally gets an opportunity to cover the story about the annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter, she takes it. Watching the documentary about the slaughter on a DVD is one thing but seeing everything with her own eyes changes her whole perspective. With the help of Ric O’Barry, an activist and writer who’s fighting for this cause for a long time and Jed Kenrick, she tries to spread the news so that this injustice against the dolphins stops.

Everything in this book was portrayed so realistically. Like so many others, I was unaware of the slaughter and I was really shocked to learn about it as was Kiki. It became more than just a project for work, she became passionately involved with the cause. It was frustrating to see it took so many years for the Government to actually do something to stop the injustice but that’s what exactly happens in real life, doesn’t it? I can’t even imagine how can people stomach this injustice done to the dolphin ages after ages. It’s not only cruel but inhuman too.

After finishing this book, I started searching about this and I can’t even say how much horrified I am. THIS STILL HAPPENS?? I mean, what is wrong with the people!! What we are doing to nature, no wonder karma has already started hitting back. I really, really hope this stops. This barbaric act of killing dolphins needs to stop.

Overall, Red Days was an eye-opener. The plot was a little repetitive but I was able to learn a lot about the Taiji Dolphin slaughter. This was a quick read and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?


So guys, what do you think about this book?

6 thoughts on “Review: Red Days by M.L. Sparrow

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  3. Great review Poulami! Dolphins are so cute and peaceful animals! Slaughtering animals as tradition are totally barbaric and inhumane. Did you know there’s a Dog Meat festival held in China every year where 10,000 dogs are slaughtered to eat. It’s totally cruel, horrifying, disgusting and disturbing.
    I’ve been requested to review this book but I declined because I don’t think I could handle it well. Anyways, I’m glad you read this book and shared your thoughts on it.

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