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Extinction of All Children

(Extinction of All Children #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  183 reviews
A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.

Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world in
Published June 4th 2016 by Smashwords Edition (first published June 2016)
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was really stuck between two and three stars.... The story does have some redeeming qualities. I was hooked enough to read until the conclusion. There was a slight cliff hanger - an escape but without any real resolution.

Overall this story was very much like Hunger Games but without the details and characters which made that book so relatable. I felt this book was pushing the questions of poverty, race, and overall inequalities. Perhaps a sequel would give some explanations.

Thanks to Netgalley
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What if you were the last child born who was allowed to live? Emma’s world was divided into three territories, those who were poor, the middle class and the wealthy. Run by a crazed “president for life,” Emma knows it is wrong to murder babies born to the poor, and somehow, some way, she is determined to change that. She hadn’t planned on the special propaganda event planned to honor her, the last baby born eighteen years or the tsunami of trouble that would come her way. Will she be prepared fo ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Craigluy is a world divided according to class. Lower, middle and upper classes are separated and live totally different lives. In Territory L, Emma Whisperer is the last child to turn 18. The last baby to grow up. Lower class citizens have been deemed irresponsible and are no longer allowed to have children. Anyone who comes up pregnant is arrested, forced to bear the child and watch as the baby is taken away to be killed. It is a brutal world to live in. Those in Territory M and Territory U ha ...more
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


Extinction of Children is the first installment in author L.J. Epps series by the same name. 18-year old Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy which is apparently a territory between Arizona and California. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes-the rich (Territory U), the working class (Territory M), a
Fatima mehjabin
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** I was sent the ebook in exchange for an honest review via VoraciousReadersOnly ***

Well, that was a pleasant surprise! When I first went into the book, I didn't know what to expect. I have never read any book with this concept before- a world where children from poor families are killed because the parents are seen to be unable to take care of their children. It isn't as simple as it sounds.

I felt that the motive of the President (the one who ordered the killing) is not as black and white as
Bryony Nelson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book had such an interesting plot. I thought Emma was a great character, very resilient and determined to help her family as well as everyone else in the territories. I also appreciate how she stands up for herself despite the world she lives in. Eric and Theodore also came across as very strong characters as well, not refusing to defend what they know is and isn't morally right.

I do feel though, that some sections of the book did ramble on a little bit. When Emma is training, I thought tho
Alyson Stone
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Book: Extinction of All Children
Author: LP Epps
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book.

So, it’s been awhile since I have written a review for a self-published author. I know that self-published books are hit and miss, but just give them a try. You never know if you are going to find your new favourite book. I will admit that I only got this one because the cover looked pretty. I really did not know anything about it nor really what it was about. O
When I originally read the blurb about this book, I thought the premise was interesting, intriguing. I was curious how someone, or a society, could get to a point where they would not allow more children. As I read the book and progressed through it seeing it through the eyes of Emma (the main character), it was clear that the dystopian world that she lived in was rife with problems and contradictions while being run by one person in charge who had a narcissistic and nasty streak. It is the dich ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, dnf
I received this book from Netgalley for review.

I did not finish this book. I stopped at the 50% mark.

The story sounded so interesting, but the execution was poor. The story could have been much more appealing after going through a few more drafts.


Emma Whisperer is dull and honestly, kinda dumb. I never felt like I knew who she was at all. For someone wanting to find out what's going on with the secrecy, she wasn't very good at being discrete herself.

When she's spying on her brother,
Jennifer Bourque
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I received a copy of "Extinction of All Children" from Veracious Readers in exchange for an honest review, and I truly enjoyed this book. It's similar to "The Hunger Games" as the characters of the story are divided into three territories. The territories in this story are called L, M, and U, with Territory L being equivalent to District 12 of "The Hunger Games", so this can give you an idea to the flow of the story.

The main protagonist of the book is Emma Whisperer and she is the last ch
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, another review where I have to post a trigger warning. In this world, the babies born to the people in Territory L are killed. It is not mentioned in what manner they were killed. The author left enough unsaid for my imagination to go overboard. So, it is safe to say that if you are triggered by infanticide, then do not read the book or the review.

When I saw this series turn up in NetGalley’s Read Now email, I was immediately intrigued. A world where society was divided up by classes? A w
Ian Miller
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably a YA dystopian, but it reads well enough for the older. The basic premise is there has been marked social engineering, and society, at least in this limited area, has been split into three zones occupied according to class: upper (U) prospers, middle (M) is tolerated, and lower (L). The zones are separated by "impenetrable" barriers. (A challenge here!) The objective is to get rid of the lower class, and while large scale genocide is out, it can be done by refusing permission fo ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The year is 2080, and the residents of Craigluy have long been separated by walls into three class-based territories: L for the lower-class, M for the middle-class, and U for the upper-class. Because the citizens of Territory L are poor, President Esther has decreed they are no longer allowed to have children. Pregnant women are jailed until they give birth, then their babies are killed. 18-year-old Emma Whisperer, the last child allowed to live in L, is determined to tear down the walls, and br ...more
Christine Jordan
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Voracious Readers for an honest review. What a great concept! Emma is that last person in her part of the country to turn 18. There are no children in her territory any more. When a child is born it is taken away and killed. At least that's what everyone is told. Mothers are placed in jail to be punished for having children. To celebrate Emma as the last child to turn 18 the President has a big dinner party for her. Emma is expected to give a speech - to which she decid ...more
Kate Smith
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book but didn't realise it was part of a series. I like to have a few books in the series so I can go straight onto the next book if I was as gripped as I was with this book.
I wouldn't normally read this genre but it sounded similar to the hunger games and I really enjoyed those films.
The book gripped me from the first chapter and it got better and better and I couldn't put this down. There were a few mistakes and a few lines that didn't make sense when read as a word was missing bu
Guy Wheatley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I wouldn’t call it a knock off, there are similarities to “Hunger Games.” This is a young adult novel featuring a strong female protagonist. She fights a corrupt government that has fractured the land into economic territories. There are also two potential love interests, both apparently competing for our heroine.
This is lighter than hunger games, and even though there are casual mentions of the atrocities committed by the President, somehow she doesn’t come across as menacing as in Hunger
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! My only regret is that it has a sequel, as I’m getting tired of all the good books requiring me to wait to find out what happens.  Yes, there’s a bit of Hunger Games in here with the territories and dictator leader.  However, it’s different enough to make it a solid good book in its own right.  I found myself liking Emma and legitimately liking most of the people she came into contact with, including a potential love triangle?  I wish her parents were more forthcoming with her ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic to read. Its a YA dystopian read but with a different twist compared to Hunger Games and Divergent. It focuses more on the children that shouldn't be born and are forbidden according to the authors written world. It grasps the reader from the start and is paced enough to keep you interested throughout the book. Overal I can't fault the book at all. The storyline is a bit different, the character building is good and the narrating easy to read.

There are several novels aft
Amy Gennaro
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for my candid review.

This series had possibilities. But aspects of the writing style bothered me. The author repeatedly explained modern conveniences such as the automatic lights. Multiple, multiple times. The writing style was somewhat immature and unpolished.

The story line was an interesting concept about a segregated part of the country that was further subdivided by a ruthless dictactor for life who bro
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good dystopian novel and this definitely was a good read, I read it start to finish in a day! Definitely had some divergent/hunger games societal vibes which I enjoyed. Good story with interesting characters and plot lines. Definitely would recommend to someone wanting a dystopian young adult novel. Looking forward to reading the sequel!
*I received a copy of this in exchange for a review*
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not my normal type of book to read but I thought I would give it a go... I am so happy I did!
It started slow and then I could not put I down and half way though I ordered the next 2 books and I can’t wait to read them! It’s a hunger games cross divergent.

The main characters have something about them which is refreshing to read and the story I brilliant... I would love if this was made into a movie
Cair-Paravel De Loulay
I love it! In a world with no more children, except by consent, a young girl decides that she has had enough. When she speaks up and out, her world comes crashing down. But nothing stops her and she will make a difference.

It is similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent, but I like it much better.

I received a free copy from Voracious Readers Only in return for an honest review.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this one down! A blend of Divergent mixed with the Hunger Games, this book is a page turner. L. J. Epps does an excellent job describing the characters in such a way that you become emotionally invested in them. As a mother, this book was very touchy for me since it mentions the killing of newborns. I also enjoyed the fact that many of the characters were poc.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for the read. This was an interesting read and reminded me of some very popular YA hot hits, which was one of the main reasons I picked this series to read. I'm not sure how I feel about the h, she kind of annoyed me so I'll wait for book 2 to prove me wrong. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The plot and characters are very well developed. The reader who picks up this novel will be engaged throughout the book. L.J brings the reader through a series of twists and turns only to conclude the novel with a cliffhanger.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a unique idea for the story and had me hooked right away. I can't wait to continue Emma's story!

I received this book from Voracious Readers Only.
Connie Castania
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the idea behind this book was brilliant. The characters are well written. My only problem was that I thought there could have actually been more to sink my teeth into. More in depth. Less describing every little thing in a room and more oomph to the story. It needed to be longer. I realize there is a part two but I'm sure it is written the same. Now other than that I did like the story. ...more
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-2019
I was immediately intrigued by the world without children. The world tyrannized by the president that took pregnant women and their new-born babies away.

Whisperer family were good friends with President Esther a long time ago. Before she became this radical president. And it so happened that Emma, their younger daughter, is the last child in Craigluy. Every baby born after her has been murdered. What makes her special?

L. J. Apps had this appealing idea of creating a futuristic society on th
Fairyland~book review
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley from L.J. Epps and am choosing to leave a fair and honest review.*

A bit of a YA dystopian novel.The main thing I like about this book was the unique plot. The characters were interesting, the drama was engaging, and the lead character was a irrepressible and determined female.

The biggest problem I had with this books was it dragged on when the point was made 2 pages back! That being said, this book was really Well written and was a great read t
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L.J. Epps is a lover of all things related to books: fiction and nonfiction novels, as well as biographies and autobiographies. She has also been known to sit and read comic books from cover to cover, several times over.

Over the last few years, L.J. has written several manuscripts; her mission is to publish all of them. She enjoys writing fiction in several genres, including contemporary romance

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