Yuri Herrera’s novel Signs preceding the end of the world is one of best novels that I’ve read so far in class. Not saying the previous novel wasn’t good, I thought the previous novel was good in its own right however, this one wasn’t scary at all. Anyways the novel’s synopsis is about a young woman named Makina who is sent by her mother to cross to the US-Mexican border to deliver a message to her brother. Or at least that’s the basics, the rest of novel gets a whole lot more interesting.
The best way I can describe this novel is that this is an immigrant’s story if one can see it that way, which is fairly interesting. The reason why is because Makina’s journey to find her brother is reminiscent to that of many other Latin immigrants who’ve come here to the United States and in way herself she’s an immigrant. First she is escorted by coyote named Chucho (though he claims he’s not) in chapters 2-3, second she runs from border patrol, third she reaches the city without any sense of direction. overall the mere basics when it comes to crossing here to the states. though she is going through all of this she does this with sheer determination.
As for the theme of the novel, one theme would be determination. The reason why to determination being a theme in the novel is because as I stated earlier, she’s out looking for her brother. She does this by crossing the border alone and searching high and low for him when she arrives. Considering that Makina is risking her own life she still does it anyways. Then again that is how she is written.