I really liked this book. I found it a quick, easy read. It was split into very small chapters (no more than two pages each), which are in chronicle order, expect for the odd flash forward (maybe five in total).
I was really impressed with how much Nicky had picked up about his dads activism & the reasons he was sent to prison. It must have been hard for Nicky to defend his dad, when kids were mean to him, but instead of hiding away Nicky behaved much older than his years. For a young kid he understood quite a lot. He was also really sweet to his siblings, probably much nicer than most kids would be in his situation.
I thought that Nicky was mean to his father (Des) in the flash forwards. As somebody whose father isn't very healthy from time to time, I could never imagine treating my father the way Nicky treated Des. I understand that people have different relationships, but it struck me as very odd, & almost hard to read. It wasn't very often, & he wasn't horribly mean, so I don't want you to think that, but just an observation.
So yes, I realise that this post is all over the place, but I'm not sure what to write about the book. It was good, but not mind-blowing. Interesting, but not a gripping story. I think I'm possibly too young to fully understand this story.