In the first few chapters of A Long Way Gone I noticed that terror and devastation was a major theme. The way the author writes allows me to picture everything I'm reading in my mind very clear and vivid. While the rebels are attacking Ishmaels village and requiring him and his brother along with others to run away from there home. Knowing that someone younger then I having to live through starvation, poverty, and witnessing the loss of loved ones making them fight for everything just to protect their own lives. It makes me wonder if they will ever get a fresh start or ever escape from the rebels?