Suffer the Children
Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they ret ...more
in this novel, we see the rise of an epidemic that comes to be known as "herod's syndrome" in which all children who have not yet reached puberty suddenly die. not after an illness, not with any warning signs, they just suddenly drop dead, all at once.
the immediate aftermath of this is grim - in the relatively small suburb of lansdowne, michigan, where this story takes place, they are suddenly fac ...more
Let's start with this book's awesome premise. Out of nowhere, a worldwide event (later dubbed Herod's Syndrome) causes all pre-pubescent children to drop dead. Then, after three days, it resurrects them, but in order to stay resurrected, they need to ingest a certain amount of human blood. The novel follows three families as they navigate this new reality.
Craig DiLouie takes this crazy concept and really milks it for all it's worth, deli ...more
So if you want a plot summary, there's a good one right here on Goodreads and the back of this book. If you want my opinion on this book, it goes like this:
The pages flew by. The story is fast paced and instantly engaging. The narrator bounces around from 3-4 character narratives and their unique story ...more
I was instantly hooked right from the beginning and I just couldn't stop turning the pages. I was both horrified and fascinated by the whole idea behind the story. It's really quite terrifying if you think about it because it raises the question of ho ...more
First of all I have to proclaim my love for creepy kids in horror books & movies, nothing is scarier than a evil child. There are lots of hungry creepy kids in this one!
I thought this was an interesting take on vampirism. A disease, named Herod, strikes all children of the world killing them. Days later the children are miraculously resurrected but the children are hungry.....for blood. This book explores just how far parents will go for their children. As a mother I could easily ...more
creepy kid from 30 Days of Night,
and Gage from all got together, you would have Suffer the Children.
Kids under the age of 12 are dropping like flies for no apparent reason. Parents are consumed with grief, mourning their children, in a state of worldwide shock and disbelief. Society struggles to maintain order as well as handle the devastation.
Suddenly after three days, the kids awaken. However, they aren't the same. In a state of decomposition th ...more
The horror in the story more comes from the devastating loss of the children rather than their vampire resurrection. This was a very emotional story, addressing themes from grief to the lengths parents will go to save their children. As someone without children, I did not entirely connect with this story. I would recommend this one to parents since they will likely get more out of the story than I did.
It's a normal day like any other in this Michigan town when kids start dropping like flies. They just flat out die. Not just the children in this small town, but EVERY child u ...more
In this apocolptic book the parents have to really think about these questions.
All of the children in this book are infected by Herod's Syndrome. This illness begins by killing every child in the world. Then it brings them back. These children are not the same once they come back from the grave. They are creepy little vampires who need blood in order to survive.
This book is super twisted, but also s ...more
Suffer the Children was simply put one of the best horror novels I have ever read. I went into this book expecting ...more
The expression "Love is blind" I find really describes this book. And no I don't mean about finding your soul mate.
We follow varied POV's in this novel each from a different lifestyle but very similar approach to the lives of their children and this is where I find the expression "love is blind" works. After the loss of the chil ...more
It was ugly and horrifying and so effing intense.
This was the easiest to read horror book I've ever read. The ones I've read before were either too heavy on the characterization, too heavy on the science, or too heavy on the build-up. But not this one. It got right into it after a brief introduction to the lives of our major players and I liked this approach.
The plot peels one unpleasant layer after another as the actions and their reactions pile up. I was terrified but unable to stop reading, a...more
The most praiseworthy part of the novel is the character portarayal which ...more
Set to be released in May 2014, I received an advanced reader copy of this thrilling new horror from Netgalley. As a mother, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the first half of this book scared the bejeezus out of me; and, really, the first half of the book was just setting up the more traditional horror elements of the second half. This b ...more
Humanizing, logical, and emotional, Suffer the Children is every parent’s worst nightmare come to life. What if all of the children in the world simultaneou ...more
Here's a quick summary from Suffer the Children, children are dropping dead at random and parents are freaking out and nobody knows the cause of all these deaths. Later we find out it's called the Herod Syndrome, days after the children are have died soon enough they come back from the dead, hungry for blood. It's up to the parents if ...more
Maybe I'm getting more cynical as I age, but this is the first novel ...more
I'm not goi ...more
You thought THE STAND was a great apocalypse novel? My friends, THE STAND is Norman Rockwell and SUFFER THE CHILDREN is Picasso's Guernica. It's a novel ...more
DiLouie creates an incredibly dark and disturbing world that demonstrates the deep and unrelenting limits that a parent will go through for their children.
This is the most fascinating and unique use of vampirism that I have seen in a long time, because the horror has nothing to do with the affliction itself. The fear, the horror, is not about the creatures who require blood to survive, it's about the parents who will do anything to ensure their chi ...more
Yes, this book is gory and pretty graphic in its descriptions - this book i ...more
Many books, set in the concrete gooeyness of other books of the same subject matter and genre try endlessly to avoid the stereotypical. They try clever, and often successful tactics as an attempt to avoid the mundane. The successes are plentiful. This one unfortunately stumbles, falls, and claws, bleeding, at, of all things HBO series.
The premise is simple, and twisted. A disease descends across the world, grounding children below the age of adolescence to a halt. All cognitive abilit ...more
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
All because of a stupid bunch of helicopter parents who can't face reality, just like I figured.
A solid four-and-a-half stars for this great book that successfully combines literature, horror and science (and we've all seen writers try and fail miserably). If that is your type of book, don't even waste your time with the rest of the review, just go order immediately.
If you need a bit more convincing, welcom ...more
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In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.
These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and ...more