After spending the summer with her family, Anna boards a plane back to England to her boarding school. But an hour into the trip, her plane is hijacked by Palestinian rebels who divert the plane to an airstrip in Jordan. They switch off the engines and make their demands to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. If they are not met, they threaten to blow up the plane in three days. The heat is insufferable, and the passengers endure hunger and psychological abuse. Time is running out for Anna, she begins to think she might never see her family again.
This book was interesting to read, and it was based on the personal experiences of the author, but it was highly dramatized, almost annoyingly so. There was almost no character development, and her relationship with some of the hijackers was incredibly inaccurate. I did like how the book empathized with them, though. Most books just go on about how they are faceless monsters, but this book showed the reasons they did this and personal stories of some of them. It humanized them like no book ever has before. It would have been better if it included more details on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but still an intriguing read.
Anyone interested in a unique coming of age story will like this one.