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Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin
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Jan 24, 08

bookshelves: ya-fiction, books-that-made-me-cry
Read in January, 2008

Ahh YA dystopia novels, how I can't keep away from thee! While the premise needed a little work (how exactly does a biological virus kill off all of the adults in the world and just leave the kids?) this book was so fantastic! Huge numbers of characters were juggled and rounded-out with Sachar-eske ease and the plot itself wore away the tip of the seat I was balancing on. On the "it made me exclaim outloud in joy/shock/holy-poop-this-is-awesome" scale this book gets a 9 out of 10 for making me look crazy on the train. It seriously surprised me how much I was enjoying it and every time I thought some characters were turning cliche Dobkin kicked me in the shin with a "ha foooled you". It was so gripping right to the end that I turned each page with trepidation that the next page was going to be the start of the plot turning into a mildly-concealed advertisement for a sequel, as many YA dystopia novels do, but again Dobkin went a' kicking and I finished the book with a big satisfied grin. (Won't tell if the grin was because of it ending well, or it ending well-written but terribly for the characters involved. No spoilers here!) Such a great read, by the end I barely cared about that first page! Screw you scientists, I loved this book!
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message 1: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Sounds like "The Girl Who Owned a City" but good. It's YA but I guess I'll have to try to grab this one when I get a chance.


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