I have just started Not So Quiet and I am already angry. Yet again we see how those with power not only cause a war but also force others to fight it without them having to experience it themselves. This was shown a great deal in the last book and it is a recurring theme that we see in this book. Helen complains about how her family, especially her mother, forced her to join the war because she “must do her bit”. Her mother is so passionate about the war and all for it which is shown by her trying to recruit people through her committees yet has never actually experienced the war herself. It bothers me that the mother thinks that the war is all fun and games and is all about glory. She is extremely ignorant and if her daughter were to ever complain to her about the harshness and reality of war she would tell her that she is over-exagerating and that it is still her duty to help their country. Meanwhile her own daughter is risking her life everyday and her family has no idea. Besides being ignorant, her mother is also extremely selfish. She competes with one of the other mothers and thinks she is superior to her because she has two daughters whereas the other lady does not. She uses this to her advantage since she is also able to send both of her daughters to the war to help instead of just her son. Although these women in the story are not fighting they are still playing a huge role by helping the dying and injured men by driving them to hospitals. It is very noble of them to do this but at the same time these women are forced to do this deed due to the selfishness of their families and those in power.