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The Fallen Children

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  61 reviews
One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?

Young people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming...

One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Atom
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Alice Oseman
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite The Fallen Children's supernatural themes, what I loved about this book was how extremely realistic it was. The book explores guilt, shame, and forcing kids into roles and lives that they never wanted, all through a set of deeply realistic characters who each have their own strengths and flaws and lovable qualities (Siobhan and Morris were my personal faves). At its surface, The Fallen Children is a pacy, gripping, intriguing superhero origin story, but beneath that, it's a poignant exam ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ukya
I have a feeling this was meant to be the first in a series or duo logy, but I've heard nothing of a second book, and I'm kind of gutted this story ended where it did. I really loved Part One is was creepy, unsettling, and downright weird, but I couldn't put it down all the same. Even though the whole impregnated by aliens this is horrific to think about, it was unlike anything I'd read before so I needed to know what happened next.

May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-releases
The Fallen Children tells the story of teenagers who were raped by aliens ( or unknown being) and have to deal with accelerated pregnancy, hostility and abuse from the community and half alien superpowerful babies.

The novel was very easy to follow, the writing was quite good. I didn't know that The Fallen Children is a retelling of sorts of John Wyndham 'The Midwich Cuckoos'. After a quick Google search, I can say that The Fallen Children have a more optimistic ending, but how depressing the sto
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Expectations, fear, pressure, violated, understanding.

Review to come.
Stacey (prettybooks)
David Owen's The Fallen Children is a YA retelling of John Wyndham's 1950s sci-fi story, The Midwich Cuckoos (also made into a film called The Village of the Damned). Like the original story, a mysterious blackout occurs and everyone in the Midwich Estate collapses, almost as if they've fallen asleep. In David Owen's story, four teenagers become pregnant after the unexpected 'Nightout'. But why? And how? And what will the babies become?

Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.
Yolanda Sfetsos
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SF, mystery & YA readers!
I have to admit that I've never read The Midwich Cuckoos, but I have seen The Village of the Damned, so I do have a clue about the main story elements tying into this book. And I was very interested in checking it out.

The Midwich Tower houses a lot of people. The kinds of people society sometimes forgets. The kinds of people who constantly face economic struggles. The kids are judged even more harshly than the adults, because no one expects them to have an actual future.

Yet, the night when every
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second of this. From the supernatural, scary quick pregnancies and the complicated families: all of it was just exceptional.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Big thank you to Atom Books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my full and honest review.

This book was such a pleasant surprise for me. The book is based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. I've not read TMC but this YA retelling of it was so creepy and utterly captivating. Also there are 360 different covers of this novel, all in different colours and colour combinations which I think is such a cool idea!

After being in a little bit of a
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I did get immediately drawn to this book above and beyond all the other books that were on the table. It was bold and very distinctive, and then when I read and found out there were 360 different colours on the cover I thought "oh god, but now I want ALL 360!". I have 103 which I would call an indigoy violety dark bluey purple type colour. I'm pretty sure it has a specific name but I have no idea what it is. I delved through the very few that ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, dystopia
2.5 Stars
A bit too juvenile with the same ideas repeated ad nauseam.
Read my discussion below...could be thought of as mildly spoilery, but if you are familiar with the Midwich Cuckoos (or the village of the damned), it's not really spoilery.
I didn't think the bullying was realistic as it was just too mean and too much...School mates and teachers would have noticed their rapid change in shape, at the very least. Once the Children were born, the author just repeated the same point over
One night there is a blackout where everyone drops as if they were asleep. Four women find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and have to face the judgment of others and come to terms with the fact that their pregnancies are moving at a rapid rate. The children are born and they are clearly not fully human with golden eyes and strange powers again the girls have to deal with the negative treatment of those around them.

At first, the book moves quite slowly and I found it difficult to get into howe
Emma Streets
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2021
So this one really wasn't for me I'm afraid.
I disliked all of the character's they read alot younger to me than what they was aswell, just from the things they said.
I wasn't hooked with the plot and didn't particularly care about what was going on.
I didn't like every so often it was thrown in there out of nowhere that the characters were black/Muslim I'm all for black representation I wish there was more of it but it was just there to remind us that they were infact POC.
Nothing happened until
sue oneill
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down, once I started reading ,not normally my kind of read ,but it was in many ways so realistic of how our youth of today are portrayed.would recommend and cannot wait for David's next novel. ...more
Alessandra Crivelli
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Kazimiera pendrey
This book is a modern take on the novel by John Wyndham the Midwitch Cuckoos. I must admit that I have not read the original novel but I will be reading it as soon as I can get a copy of it. The story was fast paced and well written and i enjoyed it a great deal
Leanne Wain
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally Posted at http://mythoughtsaboutbooks.blogspot....

The Fallen Children is an updated retelling of John Wyndham's The Midwitch Cuckoos, a book I read about 7 years ago and absolutely adored. I definitely think this leans more towards John Carpenter's enjoyably bonkers Village of the Damned than Midwich Cuckoos though, inspiration wise- only a selection of women are found to be inexplicably pregnant rather than all, and there is a great plot emphasis on the missing child- aborted in TFC,
Lucinda Tomlinson
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Were it not for the fact that my life got in the way, I would have read this book in one sitting- I certainly wanted to!

I haven't read the novel this was based on- the Midwich Cuckoos- but I really liked the concept, and think it translates really well into a modern setting. So much about this book feels so real, particularly the characters and the setting, which makes the alien elements very believable.

This story features a lot of difficult themes- societal and parental expectations, diversit
Colleen Earle
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book. I felt that it was lacking in some serious places.
In many ways the problems that I had with this book were similar to those I had with Memoirs of a Geisha in that I think it's very hard for male authors to really capture the true feelings behind things like pregnancy. In The Fallen Children several teens are mysterious impregnated by aliens (?) and have extremely accelerated pregnancies and I found that the terror that normal new moms experience wasn't there, let
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be honest I really liked The Fallen Children at the beginning. The characters, their problem and struggle seemed very realistic and emotional, despite the supernatural theme. However, as the story developed I felt more and more confused with their actions and their development in general. In the end a lot of characters got on my nevers and some questions as well as conflicts were never answered which I found very disappointing.
Mairead Clancy
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the idea of the book more than the book itself. Some aspects were poorly executed but overall it was enjoyable. The pacing of the book was a bit off, rushed in some places and too slow in others. Not the best read ever but not bad.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Interesting ideas but not hooking me right bow. Will come back to when my brain is ready for it.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the concept of this book. But there were a few issues with characters and plot lines but despite this it was an interesting read.
Catheryne Alicia
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The Fallen Children is by David Owen is a book unlike any other I have read before. It follows an alien-enforced blackout (referred to as the ‘nightout’) in a thirteen storey block of council flats, whereby four young women are forcefully impregnated (raped, to use the correct terminology, which is important to address). Three of these women aren’t even women, they are children. Girls of around 14-16, one of whom is part of a controlling Muslim family who’s response she fears. The fourth is a wo ...more
Rebecca Stobart
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical
The story is a multi-perspective, contemporary/sci-fi adventure set in a council block of flats called Midwich Tower. The four perspectives come from three teenagers who find themselves pregnant following the 'Nightout' and Morris, who has potentially life-threatening problems of his own. Alien impregnation is the stuff of nightmares and it made for a really intense, Halloween read.

I haven't read or seen the original material, so this review will bare no comparison to that.

Keisha is a troublema
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

This book was..... I don't really have the words? Trippy, I guess. It honestly read like Attack the Block except it's a book and John Boyega isn't knocked out and impregnated by a mysterious alien-esque life force. I loved that about it.

The Fallen Children follows 4 girls after the 'Nightout', where all of the residents of the Midwich estate all mysteriously fall unconscious, and the 4 girls discover they were impregnated by someone or something while unconscious. And their babies? All
Maia Moore
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

I haven’t bought many books lately (I have such a backlog to get through as it is) but whenever I heard about this one on Twitter I knew I had to get it.

I didn’t realise where it took its inspiration from (The Cuckoos of Midwich/The Village of the Damned) until my partner watched the latter and told me I should write a book telling the story from the women’s point of view. The next day I went out and bought The Fallen Children and realised David Owen had already beaten
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Fallen Children is a science fiction YA novel centered around the mystical pregnancy trope.

One night, everyone inside Midwich tower block falls unconscious at the same time. In the days that follow this ‘nightout’, one young woman and three teenagers find themselves pregnant. The pregnancies progress incredibly quickly, and the girls soon find themselves giving birth to rapidly growing children.

There are very few things I actually enjoyed about this book, and all of them come with a ‘but’. T
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A modern retelling of the Midwich Cuckoos, the story centres on the residents of a tower block and their strange experiences after they all suddenly fall unconscious for a few hours. Three teenage girls and one woman soon discover themselves to be unexpectedly pregnant, and now face the fear and judgement of the other residents. The babies grow at a remarkable pace and it seems these golden eyed children are far more deadly than anyone could imagine.

Although I’ve never read The Midwich Cuckoos,
Jessica Gilmore
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I say that The Midwich Cuckoos is my third favourite John Wyndham (after the Day of the Triffids and the Chrysalids) that sounds a little damning with faint praise but I LOVE The Midwich Cuckoos. So I was instantly both excited and nervous about this update of it. I mean, why update perfection?!

When the cuckoos originally came to Midwich the actual impregnation part is left to the reader's imagination, the black-out witnessed and reported and every fertile woman is affected. This time only fo
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