What would your life be like if your family went from a place of power into exile? How much do you know? How much are you responsible for, when you are sheltered teen girl? Do you fit in in America, where things are so strange? Do you want to go back? Do you really want to know what life was like for the rest of the people in your country? Kind of person are you? Who do you want to become? These are the kind of things that are main character has to decide for herself as she is learning about her life before and after the revolution, and who's in power now, if he's going to stay in power and what part she needs to play in the changes, if any.
This is an interesting novel. It's fiction, but the situations in the book mirror world happenings in an uncanny way. Reading the author’s note, I can see that she might have been more than a little dismayed as she was writing, things kept happening in real life that she was writing about in fiction. So sometimes she also inserted it into her novel.