The story is set during WW II. It features two children: one in France and the other in Germany. The author tells their stories by alternating chapters. So one chapter describes what happens to Werner and the next one tells about Marie-Laure. The author makes their lives realistic as he describes the horrors of war children had to go through.
I don't normally like war stories or stories with violence. This one was dark but I couldn't put it down. It's easy to read. There's lots of conflict and most of the predictions I made about what was coming next were wrong.
For all stories a certain amount of research has to be done. Either Anthony Doerr did a lot of research or was extremely knowledgeable about science. Whether it was radio, physics, snails, biology or minerals and gems the details were there. Marie-Laure was blind and he had to know in great detail how blind people function.
In the end we come away understanding much more about the horrors of war during the war and what people suffer years after the war.
Now I haven't told you any part of the story. You'll have to get all the story yourself.
After I finished reading this story I noticed that it won the Pulitzer prize.
Don't check Wiki Pedia as it gives a story summary