Source: Kindle First
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Dystopia, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Publication Date: 1st September 2017
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?
Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.
Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.
When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?”
My Thoughts & Review
All the Little Children is a dystopian which I can only describe as part thriller and part a post-apocalyptic. I have to be honest when I started reading this book I was a bit surprised to discover that it was a dystopian, as I always thought it was a mystery thriller.
All the Little children was a fast paced read that I flew through. I found the plot to be very compelling and unique. But was let down by the ending. Everything felt like it was being rounded up nicely but then something happens and the book ends with a cliff-hanger ending which suggests that there is a sequel to follow. However, since finishing the book I have discovered that there is no sequel which is disappointing.
Although there are multiple characters in the book, the story is only told through one characters point of view (Marlene). Although I found the story compelling, I found it difficult to connect with older characters Marlene and Joni, her sister-in-law. I know deep down both were scared and trying to protect their children but they just came across as quite cold, and I often questioned their actions.
This started off as a great read but sadly the ending let it down big time. I don’t mind books ending on cliff-hangers as long as they are followed up with another book. Sadly, the ending brought my rating down for this one. Would I recommend this one, well I think it depends on whether you are a fan of an open ending.
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