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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.

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ebook, 318 pages
Published September 10th 2016 by The Hive (first published August 19th 2016)
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S.C. Flynn Sorry, June - only just saw this! Re-reading Carl Jung got me thinking about the unconscious mind. From that came the central idea of humans going int…moreSorry, June - only just saw this! Re-reading Carl Jung got me thinking about the unconscious mind. From that came the central idea of humans going into a cocoon phase like insects and emerging totally different. (less)
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Sean Barrs
This has a lot going for it. I enjoyed the start of the novel, everything seemed so obscure and mysterious. It begins with the changing, an adolescent right that questions the meaning of existence itself. This move from childhood to adulthood felt like a shift from innocence to experience, from having a soul to not having one, from a natural state to a modern ideal. The shift in setting reflected this idea as the characters grew into something else and developed strange powers. It was all very n ...more
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Children of the Different is a different flavor of post-apocalyptic, dystopian YA faire. In fact, for many, it might be a welcome change of pace from the much used (and, perhaps, over used) trope of angst-ridden teenagers whining about the patent unfairness of life while having to untangle themselves from messy love triangles . . . and save the world, of course. Thankfully, Mr. Flynn avoids that tried and true narrative, offering up as a gift to readers a fanta
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Children of the Different is the fantasy debut from author S.C. Flynn that has been making some waves around the blogosphere, and I was delighted when I discovered that it was also available in audiobook format. The reality of the busy fall season means these days I find myself with less time to curl up with book; it’s much more likely that I’m bustling around listening to one in my ear, rather than actually sitting down
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars
I have been reading this book for quite a while. The reason it took me so long though, was because I was listening to it on a reading app, rather than just reading. I have received this one on a giveaway. Having finished it, I was struggling with the rating question for a bit. 3? Or 4?

On one hand, the ideas were good, there were even times when it was Stephen-King-strong, but somehow the story lost the grip. It's to be expected - Stephen King also didn't chug out genius pi
Nick Borrelli
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many Young Adult fantasy novels talk down to their audience. It is part of the reason why I don’t read much of it frankly. While I understand that I am not the target readership for these books, at the same time it is pretty easy to see when a writer feels the need to soft-pedal the content of the story because they believe that teenagers can’t handle a bit of edginess here and there. Saying all of that, I was hearing a considerable amount of chatter surrounding S.C. Flynn’s Children of the D ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
3.5 stars
Very good debut, too much YA oriented for my liking, but i enjoyed it
Many thanks to author for providing ARC copy!
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
* I was gifted a free credit from the author so I could listen to the audiobook version of this book and provide my review *

This is a book I really enjoyed and which I think had some really original and exciting ideas within. I definitely think this will be a story that lots of people enjoy and especially the narration of the audiobook brought this to life for me becuase it was narrated in an Aussie accent (I assume the narrator is Australian) which is great considering it's supposed to be set i
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair review

Children Of The Different is a SF Dystopian novel with YA elements. This would normally not be a good thing as every previous book I’ve read under that category failed catastrophically and ended up rated very poorly. That does NOT apply to Children Of The Different however. Simply put; this was quite an impressive debut.

First of all, the main two characters Arika & Narrah. Traditionally twins, especially identical ones, are always co
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recieved an ARC for a fair review from the author .
More of a review to follow by blog but initial thoughts here for now.
First thing that strikes me is the concept is quite imaginative, there is plenty of post apocalyptic stuff out there but the author has tried to do it a little differently , with an edge of fantasy and a bit of borrowing from Aboriginal dreamscape mythology.I like how the author uses the Australian landscape in the story, and some very good nods to nature .
Some standards wit
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always my fellow Goodreaders this review along with a plethora of other cool stuff canbe found on my blog:

3.5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Children of the Different is a Y-A post-apocalyptic book set in Australia. Twenty years previous a brain disease called the 'Great Madness' caused most of the world's population to die. The few that remained either attempt to get by as best they can or ha
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2016
When I was approached about reviewing Children of the Different it wasn’t hard to say yes. Apart from the fact that the author is fellow blogger S.C. Flynn, this post-apocalyptic novel sounded as if it would be interesting and exciting, especially since it is set in Australia, the land that as the joke goes is trying to kill you at every opportunity anyway, never mind there having been an apocalypse. What I found was indeed an interesting story, focused on the close bond between its protagonists ...more
This post-apocalyptic tale is set in Western Australia. 19 years ago, the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. Now when children enter their adolescence, they go into a trance-like state, entering the Changeland, and may come out of it fairly normal or a bit deranged and prone to cannibalism. Arika and her twin brother Narrah are at that age and their adventures in the Changeland will alter them, and perhaps their small society, forever.

This tale was just a bit different from any
Grace Troxel
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Children of the Different is a young adult post-apocalyptic novel set in a future Australia. A disease has wiped out most of humanity, and the only people who survived were those who had something different about them mentally–i.e. psychic powers, brain damage, coma, etc. The protagonists are a set of twins who were born after the cataclysm. Arika and Narrah live in a small enclave of s
Vikki Patis
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy.

Meet Arika and Narrah, twins, and our protagonists. They've grown up after The Great Madness wiped out almost all of humanity, and Arika has already started Changing. Narrah is scared, for his sister as well as himself, and his coming Changing, which occurs in all survivors at the onset of puberty.

This is YA, but it gives us a nice break from the usual Strong Female Character, But Must Have Male Love Interest, And Probably A Love Triangle, e
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review: unlike other submissions I accepted in the past, this one took a different path. The author is also a fellow blogger, and he built some anticipation for his book by sharing first an excerpt and then the cover art, an interesting – if puzzling, at the time – image that further piqued my curiosity.

Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic novel dealing with the aftermath of the Great Madness, a wave of murderous, virus-d
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very easy to read and very enjoyable. I love the ideas and characters and the fact it's set in areas I am familiar with (I live in Perth). I did however feel that it was a bit short on descriptions of the settings. It didn't give me a real feel for the settings the book takes place in.
It is not the best written book I have ever read, but it is imaginative and enjoyable and well worth giving a go.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, more like 3.8 stars.

This is a really interesting concept and a very good first novel.

First off: I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review. Life got in the way and I am just now (2 years after the fact) holding up my end of the bargain. I’m sorry it took me so long, because I really enjoyed it.

I found the setting really refreshing. Not many of the books I’ve read, especially Speculative fiction have been set in Australia. Plus the narrator (Stephen Briggs) is Austra
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The author asked for my opions on his debut novel and gave me an e-book copy in exchange for a review. I said "sure!", and here's what I wrote.

A few decades earlier, civilization was brought down by The Madness, which killed countless people, drove many to feral madness and and left scattered few survivors to resettle and rebuild. When children born after the Madness reach puberty, they go into a trance, from which they emerge either mad and feral or "changed", with new and unusual abilities. Th
Amy Sturgis
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are plenty of post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories out there for younger readers, but I'm pleased to see that Children of the Different offers an alternative from the "same old same old" for its audience.

The novel lives somewhere between the middle-reader and young-adult categories, and it follows the compelling characters of thirteen year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah, inheritors of a world ravaged by the Great Madness, as they experience their coming-of-age via the dreamlike ot
Blodeuedd Finland
A post-apocalyptic world. Most of humanity is gone in the great madness. And there are Ferals, let's just call them fast "zombies" and you get the point. They will kill you. Different groups of humans live spread out, but we only get the scope on Australia. For all I know everyone else might be dead.

Twins Arrika and Narrah go into the changing. This means they either gets powers, or become Ferals. Life does suck. There are dangers in the Changelands that will follow you out. I can'
Rosemary Atwell
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a wonderful sense of place in ‘Children of the Different,’ which combines both future and past within its imaginatively-constructed framework. Although the work can easily be read as a well-paced YA dystopian work, there are many, many enjoyable small details that are skilfully woven into the storytelling, adding additional interest and depth to the author's descriptions and historical knowledge of the novel's setting.
The dialogue is a little clunky here and there but, overall, ‘Childr
Julia Rios
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a gripping YA post-apocalyptic story about twins who have to save each other and the world. Like Archivist Wasp (one of my top YA Dystopian reads of recent years), this book is heavy on the action and doesn't focus on a love triangle or romantic plot. I thought the post-apocalyptic Australian setting was fascinating, and I loved that the twins were set on helping each other and their community. Also, I got this in ebook form, but also bought the audible narration. Ended up listening to t ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Impressive Debut set in post apocalypse Australia. Great settings, mix of fantasy and science and two very engaging leads. Full review for GPO to follow
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children of the Different is the self-published debut novel from author S C Flynn and one I quite enjoyed. There is a very distinct Australian feel to the book, a country I am very familiar with, as I live here. At times you can feel the dry of the land and the heat in the air as the story unfolds. The use of the Australia, as well as its distinct flora and fauna gives the story a very grounded narrative.

Generally YA is not a category I read in, but the story carried me along nicely and kept me
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Children of the Different is a Young Adult post-apocalyptic story that doesn’t necessarily follow the same recipe as the plethora of other ones out there. I started reading postapoc YA lit about 10 years ago at the suggestion of my wife and soon realized that I loved it. Steady action and interesting concepts that keep you in the story – this is precisely what Children of the Different does.
There is a fantasy element within the story that I thought was very cool and I was pleased to read somethi
Eric Fomley
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
After blazing through the novel in just a couple sittings I have to strongly recommend you check it out for yourself. I’m rather picky in the types of speculative fiction I read these days and in all honesty Children of the Different’s premise didn’t strike a chord with my usual choice in a science fiction novel. I tend to steer away from anything that involves world-wide disease/post-apocalyptic in the genre because genre cliches bother me from being able to get through them. However, Children ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
I complained earlier this year that too many apocalypse novels focus on the USA, so it was a delight to read a Western Australian-set post-apocalypse. The setting is vibrant here, the WA bush and desert brought to vivid life - and even emptier here than in reality.

It's 20 years since the Madness killed or crazed most of the population. The few survivors cluster in small groups, with strongly divergent views on how humanity should approach the future. Twins Arika and Narrah have grown up in the
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. Set in a post apocalyptic Australia this story of twins will draw you in right from the start and hold onto you until (and beyond) the ending. I was asked by the author to read and review this book prior to its upcoming release and not only was I honored to do so, I was excited to do so once I heard the description of the story.
From start to finish this adventure keeps you engaged and turning page after page as you follow along with the heroes. The primary characters
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it

The nitty-gritty: A unique tale with glimmers of magic and wonder, but with some writing inconsistencies that distracted from the story.

The city was a huge place of death with very little life. He could not sense the ghosts of the dead, but they had to be out there. And what about the ghosts of all the machines there used to be in the city? Most of the machines had died in the Madness, just like the people. Narrah could not sense the machine ghosts, either, but they must be all around

Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Change is an inevitable fact of life, whether that life is in today’s world or the post-apocalyptic world of Narrah and Arika. These twins’ minds and actions are intertwined, but yet each has a separate path to travel to reach the ultimate goal of salvation. Each begins adolescence with a trip into Changeland, emerging with unique mental powers and an avowed enemy, the Anteater. Their journey in post-apocalyptic Australia is fraught with trials, tribulations, enemies and cannibalistic Ferals. In ...more
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S C Flynn was born in a small town in South West Western Australia. He has lived in Europe for a long time; first the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of his ancestors. He still speaks English with an Australian accent, and fluent Italian.

He writes poetry and fantasy novels.

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