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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Taming the Wish is a work of fiction in the literary genre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by Sava Buncic. The book follows Petar, a doctor living a normal life who suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of the state’s secret service. Petar is faced with the option of surrendering to these forces for the sake of safety – a choice that will compromise the ethical standing on which he has developed his whole career – or fighting back against the power, knowing that the battle could be hopeless and cost him everything. It is an impossible choice and one that he must make with the welfare of his loved ones in mind.
This book gives readers a lot to consider, take away with them, turn over in their minds, and discuss with friends over dinner. There is a battle of survival for protagonist Petar, but also of ideology that goes beyond a simple right and wrong. Petar’s choice between abandoning his values or hopeless resistance is layered and complex at the mercy of a force with unlimited power and no real accountability. Sava Buncic is an author with a proven pedigree for being thought-provoking and reflective, but in Taming The Wish, he takes his skill for discussing big ideas to a new level as he ruminates on the contribution that moral ideals have upon a personal identity and the identity of society. This is a book that I recommend to any fans of literature that asks big questions.