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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

In the Hands of Children

In the Hands of Children - H.S. Stone For some reason I tend to really enjoy post-apocalyptic stories involving children. Reading how people work to survive in a world without all of our everyday conveniences is interesting. Reading about children/teenagers doing it is more interesting, in my opinion, because they don’t have all the knowledge and experience that adults do. It’s a bigger struggle for them but it’s also a bigger reward when they succeed. That’s why In the Hands of Children jumped out at me.I liked the illness of the book. It was a great twist. Illnesses are always a terrifying thing especially when they’re as gruesome as the H5N1 virus. This is one you can’t outrun or escape. Everyone caught it. Now they’re just a ticking time-bomb waiting for puberty to hit (as if puberty wasn’t awful on its own). With other illnesses in similar books, the immune survivors will probably be okay in the end. They’re immune so they’ve survived the worst of it. All they have to do it rebuild the world and repopulate it. Not so with the H5N1 virus. It’s going to completely wipe out the human race. There will be no rebuilding the world and repopulating it. Everyone dies when they’re able to procreate. See? Scary stuff.I did enjoy the story even if it was a bit predictable. It reminded me a lot of Michael Grant’s Gone. There were many similarities: a problem occurring when you reach a certain age, kids being left on their own, bad kids taking over, the hero opposing the bad kids. This book worked much better for me mainly because it was more realistic than the superpowers of Gone. The author relied a bit too much on telling instead of showing but it wasn’t enough to make me stop reading.The bottom line? It was enjoyable! If you liked Gone by Michael Grant, you’re sure to enjoy this.*I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.