All the Little Children
Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside wor...more
All I can say is...wow.
This book drops you right into the action. There is no build-up. No character development. One minute you're opening the book, the ne ...more
The entire thing is told from Marlene’s point of v ...more
All the Little Children is very different from the books I usually read, as it is a dystopian mix with apost apocalyptic / thriller mix.
The reasons I rated a 3☆ was this really isn't a genre i usually read so I found it a little difficult to fully engage with the story.
However I did enjoy it and it's in no reflection of the Author it's just down to my personal taste.
Secondly the ending! It felt like the ending was left on a cliff hanger instead of finishing it with an ending. I d ...more
All the Little Children is a book that engrossed thanks to the brilliance of the narrator and the thrilling story. You don't know what will happen next all through the book. What I really like ...more
This is my first one star review on Kindle. I usually only review books I really like to encourage other people to read them. If I don't like a book I figure it's a matter of taste and others might enjoy them. This novel on the other hand was such a colossal waste of time (and I only read half of it) that I felt the need to share this, especially after seeing several 5 star reviews (??).
This was by far the worst Kindle Firsts in a long time and the first book I just couldn't fi ...more
This is a post-apocalyptic, government conspiracy, great characters, lots of suspense, reminiscent of Lord of the Flies meets the end of the world kind of book. I liked it.
I came here to leave a review saying that the book was mediocre and that it was nowhere near compelling enough for me to continue its story in the sequel... only to find the author saying there WON'T BE A SEQUEL?! What the hell is that ending about then? Original rating was 2 stars but I'm dropping it to 1 since if this is intended as a full rounded story in and of itself then it's sorely lacking.
Alright, ending and lack of sequel aside, it's still not a very good book. ...more
Okay, so as much as I love the premise, this book was never going to be more than three stars. The writing leaves a lot to be desired. "Nowadays, my principles were about as firm as my pelvic floor. And yet the outcome was the same: neither maternal instinct nor higher intellect has time for heroism." What ...more
The main character, on the other hand pissed me off at the en ...more
She reminded me of myself, actually, but she had more patience over the things that would have made the top of my head pop off. Little kid feeds all their scavenged food to a dog? POP. Teenager keeps running off with a boy without telling anyone that she's even going? POP. Still, I totally respected how she just kept going and going and going because all these kids were re ...more
A little clutch people, mainly two mums and their little ‘uns, are standing on the edge of civilisation (camping in Shropshire to be precise) and beyond the isolation of their holiday hideaway all hell has broken loose. Soon the story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘getting back to nature’.
That first impression of loss begins with mobile phone coverage which could be reasonably explained by their location. But this progresses to uncertainty over loved ones wh ...more
The decisions made by the older characters were sometimes ridiculous.
This story needed more Maggie... and more cowbell.
John Wyndham is the master of the dystopian novel and I have adored his ...more
All The Little Children occupies the intersection of dystopian fiction and coming-of-age fiction. Camping in a remote site in Shropshire, Marlene Greene hopes to reconnect with her children and enjoy being in the moment. Little do they know, the world as they knew it ended while they were camping. Something drastic befell the rest of the country while they were away, and they're part of the few survivors left.
The rest of the book follows Marlene and her family's attempt to escape to s ...more
Marlene & Joni along with their children decide to go camping. Things go wrong. It's a nightmare! Can't say more because it will be a spoiler. The book has a steady pace and events unfold in an adequate rhythm. The reading was easy, but I have several problems with the children characters. Although the children were of different ages they sounded the same to me! There was hardly any distinction between them.
You will need some time to grasp what is going on here but that is not a n ...more
Mar is not a good mother. She's not a bad mother either, but she sure isn't good and the single best decision she makes for her kids is when she leaves them.
This is a book about a woman who was perfectly comfortable in her role as the absentee mom. Trips to China, long days at work, always online and herding the kids towards their nanny or dad. And when you're home there's only tim ...more
A family go off for a bit of a camping weekend in the country, when suddenly things start to go wrong.
Firstly a large fire is noticed by her son, in the distance, then the mobile phones don't work. They drive into the local village and people are lying dead on the street. Now, being of that generation that watch zombie shows I was expecting them to re-animate and eat them all, ...more
However, it's an apocalyptic novel and it isn't supposed to feel cheery. Nor can I fault Marlene's or Joni's missteps even though I didn't always understand their actions. I felt I was drawn into the p ...more
A well written, very believable book which really made me think of what I would do in the same situation - not many books have made me do that! Quite frightening in its way because the storyline is about something which could actually happen. I couldn't put this book down. The characters are well fleshed out and believable and the storyline is excellent. If you like a gripping post apocalyptic thriller which is so true to life that its scary - then this is for you!