A Great Book, A Great Game

In the aftermath of recent events which left the whole world devastated, I thought I’d share a great game and a great book I enjoyed recently, both of which tell stories of incredible human courage and kindness in the worst of times.

All-Light-We-Cannot-See

“All the Light We Cannot See” is about Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl and Werner Pfennig, an orphan German boy whose paths collide as both try to survive and rise above the devastation of World War II. I found the story so gripping and powerful, the prose hauntingly lyrical and beautiful that I was almost sorry when I finished the book.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

A puzzle/adventure game from Ubisoft, Valiant Hearts – The Great War takes place between 1914 and 1918 and is inspired by letters written during World War I. Players alternate between a few characters: Emile, a French farmer who goes looking for his son-in-law, Freddie, an American soldier fighting in honor of his fallen wife, Ana, a Belgian nurse trying to free his kidnapped father, and Karl, a German soldier who wishes to survive the war to come home to his wife and son. The hand-drawn art is gorgeous, the soundtrack is so moving, and the story is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Images from Popsugar and the official blog of Valiant Hearts – The Great War

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