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The Night Children

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Inside the Castertown MegaMall, the biggest mall in the world, live the night children—runaways, abandoned kids, kids who got lost and were never found. They only come out at night, after all the shoppers are gone.

When thirteen-year-old Jule Devereaux visits the mall after the mysterious disappearance of her aunt, she becomes a pawn in the war between two gangs of night ch
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Starscape (first published January 1st 2008)
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Travis West
Part parable, part dystopian future, part alternate reality, the one thing this book is not is literal, which makes it hard to understand the number of reviews condemning the book as unrealistic and impossible.

In a world where children just go missing and no one seems to care, a society of kids live in secret in world's largest shopping mall, surfacing only at night once all the shoppers have gone home. There is a dark plan in the works by evil syndicate Zozzco that threatens the very existence
Jule Devereaux has been trapped for the night inside the WhirlyFunRide in the gigantic Castertown MegaMall, after she quarreled with her aunt and then her aunt disappeared, just as her parents did years ago. As Jule is about to find out, the mall is much more than it seems, and during the night, it is ruled by gangs of children, abandoned children and runaways who live in secret places in the mall. Or perhaps the children don't really rule here: perhaps the true ruler is the sinister billionaire ...more
This book gets 5 stars for the creative premise, 3 for style (when it's not being insufferably condescending), and 1 for its repugnant conclusions.

"Don't feel bad for homeless kids, they love the freedom! Foster homes are full of terrible people anyway! Parents are a luxury not a necessity! Everyone everywhere are basically greedy sociopaths!"


The biggest failure is that the main characters are passive observers in the climax rather than driving it or even participating. Everything is "solve
Kate Coombs
This is the futuristic tale of a town consumed by a mega-mall. It's like the mega-mall is possessed by the aliens from The Matrix! Instead, it's run by a man who longs to avenge himself against humanity... But really, the story is mostly about a girl named Jule whose aunt disappears. Jule goes to the mall and falls in with a bunch of lost children who inhabit the vast complex, avoiding the security cameras and dining on leftovers from the food court. This part of the plot is actually far more in ...more
Andrea Cleland
This book had so much promise but fell totally short.
There's something wonderfully sinister about the premise of this book- gangs of feral children living in a mega mall. Kit Reed has an unusual style, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, and the conclusion here was very similar to the conclusion of her Thinner Than Thou. I enjoyed it though, and I enjoyed the mystery behind Lance the loner and how he always managed to be where he was most needed.
A book about feral children in a mega mall and the crazy guy who owns it. It's. I don't know how to describe it. It's probably a children's book, maybe YA but it lacks any real grit. This is a good tool to decide if someone's ready for a book with real intensity.
Meredith Amelotti
My hate for this book is indescribable. I had to force myself to finish this book. The plot was weak, and bland throughout the whole book. Even the climax wasn't even a climax.
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel, ya
The third person narrator and totally unrealistic plot really annoyed me. I skimmed the ending and was unsatisfied.
Readalike: Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck
Riley H.
So far this book is pretty good, but I'm a little confused.
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