You have to like or root for a character, there has to be suspense, there has to be something positive, no matter how gruesome the story, some kind of solution, or hope, or at least facts that are educational. This book had none of it. I hated the adult characters, the were weak, totally unlikable women who were basically both completely nuts and impossible to identity with. I guess I am one of the moms Marlene constantly criticizes, who actually cares about her kids despite holding a full-time job. And she does that during an apocalyptic event - which is completely beside the point at the time, but so are most of her erratic statements.
The children's characters are not well developed, at times you can't tell if it's the 3 year old or the 9 year old boy speaking. I can't tell the kids apart nor can I picture them at all. A teenager runs away during a catastrophic event, and stays away for two days to teach her mom who is supposed to be "the good mom" a lesson and because "she met a boy" while everyone else lies around dead, covered in flies.
I mean, really?? The story was so all over the place and made you feel only angry and frustrated, it just kept getting worse and worse with more and more carnage and unbelievable dialogue. The writing was mediocre and although I love metaphors and similes, if every sentence contains one , even to describe the surface of the road not important!
I made it halfway through the book and then I skimmed through it and skipped to the end, to find out what really happened and hoping for some kind of solution, good or bad. But - even that didn't happen, the ending was just as terrible as the rest of the book. The only explanation I have as to why on earth she would end it that way the ending was even more unbelievable than the rest of it , is that there is a plan for a part two I hope not. The final sentence actually made me cringe - please leave it to the Terminator to "be back". Unbelievable waste of time, too bad because it could have been a great story.
Thank goodness I didn't pay for this! I came here to leave a review saying that the book was mediocre and that it was nowhere near compelling enough for me to continue its story in the sequel What the hell is that ending about then? Original rating was 2 stars but I'm dropping it to 1 since if this is intended as a full rounded story in and of itself then it's sorely lacking. Alright, ending and lack of sequel aside, it's still not a very good book.
Interesting premise and a promising start but then things just don't go anywhere.
All the Little Children by Jo Furniss
The struggles they face are just Like being hungry? If this was a while after everything went to shit, it'd make sense; but the country literally died in less than a week. They went to a fully stocked grocery store. Why the hell don't they just camp out there? Afraid of the virus? Even if there was, just go find another store that's abandoned.
There's literally everything you could ever need in the cities and this wonderful mother lets her kids go hungry. Add to that the author's weird style of writing in which she doesn't bother to explain certain things. Sometimes the main character just suddenly decides she needs to do something or goes somewhere and you're like, "why is she doing this?
You know, like one of the main advantages of the written form of storytelling? View 2 comments. The story was good. Loved the main character. The ending??? I don't want to completely spoil it for other readers but we are clearly missing some info for this to make sense.
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View all 5 comments. I got this free from Kindle First, but I waited to review it till it was published because I didn't want to two-star a book before it even came out. But now I can complain about it guilt free! Okay, so as much as I love the premise, this book was never going to be more than three stars. The writing leaves a lot to be desired. And yet the outcome was the same: neither maternal instinct nor higher intellect has time for heroism.
But still, I wasn't bored. I wanted to find out what would happen next. But it turned out that what happened next was one of the most frustrating endings I've ever read. I don't mean it was unsatisfying. I mean it actively angered me and ruined the whole book. She abandoned her kids. I can't forgive that, and the worst part is that the author seemed to think this was a heroic and good choice. Not exactly what I was in the mood to read. Then that ending was horrible. It just ended.
Wtf happens? Guess we'll never know since this is a standalone and not part of a series. I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book when I finished reading it. I like the overall story of what happened and how it was being handled by those in authority. I kept thinking, could this really happen? It was different than some of the other books I had read. Also, I liked that we were not following up a bunch of preppers or survivalist or former military that just happen to have every skill for every situation.
The main character, on the other hand pissed me off at the I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book when I finished reading it. The main character, on the other hand pissed me off at the end. I wasn't sure if I should ding the book a star for how angry the end made me or keep the star because a book was able to bring about such a strong emotion.
I am still seething about her choices in the end the next morning. The book follows two woman and their children who took the kids on a camping trip to spend some quality family time.
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Then something happens and when they get home from their trip, their world has ended and they need to figure out what to do and how to survive. Problem is, both of these woman seem to have brought all their excess baggage of their former world with them. The only thing I didn't love about this book was the end, which leaves juuuuust enough of a door open to generate a sequel. But our main story is, for the most part, nicely wrapped up, so it didn't bother me too much. I read a lot of "end of the world" stories and this was the first that tackles the excellent question, "how would you manage that while still taking care of your kids?
She was a complex character who goes on quite the emotional journey throughout the book and ultimately finds strength in both.
And for those who say the world's reaction to the crisis which unfolds in the book is too far fetched: bless your sweet little innocent hearts. Read more history books. While out camping, disaster strikes and a mother finds herself trying to survive with a whole passel of kids. Quelle horror!!
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She reminded me of myself, actually, but she had more patience over the things that would have made the top of my head pop off. Little kid feeds all their scavenged food to a dog? Teenager keeps running off with a boy without telling anyone that she's even going? Still, I totally respected how she just kept going and going and going because all these kids were While out camping, disaster strikes and a mother finds herself trying to survive with a whole passel of kids.
Still, I totally respected how she just kept going and going and going because all these kids were relying on her. Kudos lady, you rock, even with your big ticket mistakes. Well THAT escalated quickly! That first impression of loss begins with mobile phone coverage which could be reasonably explained by their location. But this progresses to uncertainty over loved ones when neighbouring villages are seen to have been affected by something truly dreadful.