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Summary

The call it the plague.

A generation of children born with extreme genetic mutations.

They call it a home.

But it's a place of neglect and forced labour.

They call him a freak.

But Dog is just a boy who wants to be treated as normal.

They call them dangerous.

They might be right.

The story of a lost generation, and a boy who just wants to be one of us.

©2018 Craig DiLouie (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"The Girl with All The Gifts meets To Kill a Mockingbird." (Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August)

"This is not a kind book, or a gentle book, or a book that pulls its punches. But it's a powerful book and it will change you." (Seanan McGuire) 

"It's quite rare to find a story with this much heartbreaking impact...this is skilful, powerful stuff." (SciFiNow)

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Emotionally gripping and thought provoking

I took me a while to figure out how to 'take' this book, but when I got there I really enjoyed it. The characters - of which there are a good number - are very well put together with individual outlooks and personalities. The tension rises pretty slowly in the early stages of the plot, but there comes a point when it escalates quite suddenly and it's absolutely worth waiting around for. Injustice - or misdirected justice - is a big theme of this book. One emotion I experienced a lot was anger at historical America because of the clear allegory between the way the 'creepers' are treated and the way certain other minorities have been treated in the States...and we're only talking about the late 70s early 80s.

There are some real heartbreaking moments when justice is handed out wrongly, and the plague kids all get even more interesting as the story progresses.

There was a point when it started to look like a certain outcome in the book was inevitable, and I spend the rest of it waiting to be surprised by something else happening. But actually, the inevitable outcome it the one that actually comes about. Now perhaps that is the very point of the story, that some things just can't be prevented. But I also found it a little bit deflating. A more satisfying end in some cases would have been certain people beinf forced to realise they were wrong. For example, without giving spoilers away, I found it immensely unsatisfying that Amy is never really made to own up to a pretty huge lie she tells at about the 60% mark which had far reaching consequences.

But all in all, I did very much enjoy it. It certainly got its hooks into me. I would have just preferred more of a 'profound resolution' ending rather than a "I guess it was always going to happen" kind of ending.

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