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Preview — Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn
Children of the Different
In the great forest of South West Weste ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This tale was just a bit different from any ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic novel dealing with the aftermath of the Great Madness, a wave of murderous, virus-d ...more
It is not the best written book I have ever read, but it is imaginative and enjoyable and well worth giving a go.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
The dialogue is a little clunky here and there but, overall, ‘Childr ...more
Generally YA is not a category I read in, but the story carried me along nicely and kept me ...more
There is a fantasy element within the story that I thought was very cool and I was pleased to read somethi ...more
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 ...more
From start to finish this adventure keeps you engaged and turning page after page as you follow along with the heroes. The primary characters ...more
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
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He writes poetry and fantasy novels.