"Beasts of No Nation" is a novel that deals with terrorist extrimism of African continent. It narrates the story of young Agu - how he is transformed from his innocense into a hardened killer. One day, war comes to Agu's village and the innocenct life of young Agu is transformed for ever. The commandant and his army saves Agu after the government forces have devastated his village. He is soon recruited into the rebel army. Thus began the decent of Agu into the abyss deadly violence and bloodlust. Ultimately Agu tells, "I am liking how the gun is shooting and the knife is chopping. I am liking to see people running from me when I am killing them and taking taking their blood. I am liking to kill."
In an unadorned style, the author sketches the horror of civil war. In many ways the story is a window into the world of "terrorists". Through this one can see the tragic world of the young people who are inducted and initiated into the world of hatred, bloodsthirst and cruelty.
The twenty-one year old young author has a unique style. He writes without proper grammer and punctuations. What emerges is a vibrant staccato language that mimes the phonetics of an African dialects. This adds an authentic feeling to the novel. The writer with an eye for details and grafically captures the pain and anguish of Africa and its young generation.