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As the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.

Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self-sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated. The outside world, which the ranchers call “the Disaster,” is a casualty of ravaging climate change, a troubled landscape on the brink of catastrophe. For as long

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Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Little A
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Britta Böhler
Interesting premise/setting but... Boring.
1.5* rounded up because it's a debut.
Betül
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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When I read the synopsis of this book I'd imagined a whole other story than the one I got. It unfortunately did not meet the expectations I set when I started this novel. I was expecting more suspense, action, and twists and turns. However, what I got was a monotone story with unrelatable characte
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Knobby
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book hits all of the points that I find fascinating (and terrifying) about the rapid and long-term effects of climate change. Marlo, the adopted daughter of two people who read the writing on the wall two decades ago, lives in a compound in rural Oregon. Among them in their community are other wealthy people who picked up and left their old jobs, friends, and lives to get ready for the collapse of society, which they expect
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Carolyn McBride
There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and parts that I wanted to enjoy. But didn't. I enjoyed reading about the compound and the people and personalities that kept the place running. But that might just be the prepper in me. There were parts of the plot that I could have done without, for instance, the one-night stand...was it crucial to the plot? But, I'm sure the author had a plan. So little things kept me from enjoying the book more, but overall, it wasn't a bad read.
Rachel  Drenning
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed the book. It's a dystopian tale and I love stories based on what could happen to the world. She did a really good job with character creation and I'm hoping there will be more books to follow this one. There was an unnecessary sex scene that was just thrown in there ( it seemed) but other than that the book was good and I will read more by her.
Rachel Glass
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Climate change has been something I've been trying to keep in mind in my daily life and to take action accordingly where I can, but it's not something I've really seen in fiction before, hence why I requested this book.

Marlo (I assume her name is a portmanteau of both her parents' names) has grown up on an exclusive commune-type community for the wealthy hoping to survive when the effects
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Shannon Robinson
**I received an ARC ecopy of this book at no charge thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion - my words are my OWN.

The writing was decent and the third star is for grammar and vocabulary, which was good. The problem was with the formatting (and hopefully the edited & finished version will correct this); the hyphen-split words at the end of a line were done weirdly and it distracted my eye. Like "slaughtered" at the end of a line of text was split as SLAUGHTE-RED and
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Carol Kean
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful prose from a talented author, with well-defined characters, distinct and memorable! My Kindle is full of passages I highlighted for the insights, imagery, extraordinary ideas, and rich details. I love the way the world outside one microscosm of humanity, modeled in part after an ecovillage with "intentional communities" and committees voting on whether to allow new members in, but curiously isolated and insulated from the outside, even while taking advantage of forays to the outside fo ...more
Rachel
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
”If you blinkered your view of the world, focusing only on the most encouraging signs of continuity, no matter how anomalous, you could pretend for whole stretches of time that nothing bad was happening.”

Disasters Children follows the story of a tight knit community who have invested their life’s savings into prolonging a project that will see them through to the other side of the end of the world. Referring to the outside world already as ‘The Disaster’, those living in The Ranch are focused sole
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Janet
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

As the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.

Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self-sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated. The outside world, which the
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Disaster's Children by Emma Sloley is a so-so wealthy survivalists story incorporating a dystopian setting with a romance and mystery.

Marlo has been raised by her wealthy adoptive parents and a group of other wealthy like-minded survivalists in a secluded community in Oregon. She has lived in the isolated community for 20 years, since she was five. The community was started by doomsday preppers based on the approaching climate change. The residents call the outside world "the Disaste
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Tina
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
The draw of this book was the apocalyptic theme, doomsday preppers and how a society could function outside the traditional norm. You are drawn into the small society and gradually realize they just aren't likable.

The group is made up of professionals such as doctors, journalists and architects - also those with farming knowledge and apparently many of those from a wealthy station in life. The isolated life these people lead could be described as a gated community (think very large s
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Marco Rafalà
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Disaster's Children, decades of environmental neglect is finally catching up with humanity. Coastal cities are underwater, displacing millions, turning even American citizens into refugees. Crops are failing, threatening the food supply of nations around the globe. The world is on an inexorable march toward ruin, and only the wealthy have the means to delay the inevitable. On a sprawling ranch in Oregon, families with deep pockets prepare for the end. They wall themselves off from the rest of ...more
Emi Bevacqua
Marlo's adoptive parents, Maya and Carlton, co-founded The Ranch as a co-operative enclave for liberal 1%ers in the endtimes; 5-yrs old on arrival 20 years ago, lone denizen in her age-range since the dramatic departure of her childhood friends Alex and Ben who've forsaken the Ranch and their parents in order to rescue the outside world, aptly known as the Disaster. We don't really get to know other ranchers in depth, this story is Marlo's inner struggle as she matures and craves her own indepen ...more
Eloise Caleo
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Disaster's Children riveting. It's the first book in quite a while that I have read in one stretch, devouring it over a long summer's day, pausing only to make a sandwich and take it back to the couch. I fell in a bit in love with Marlo, Sloley's main character. Sheltered yes, but asking so many questions of herself, good questions, that so many of us are asking, even if our choices are not as stark as a gated community versus the outside world. I enjoyed Marlo's self-consciousness and u ...more
Lyndi
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2019
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Marlo has been raised in a ranch commune, sheltered from the outside world, what they call the Disaster. This group, predicting how climate change would destroy the world, have created their own utopia, where only wealthy families are allowed in. Marlo's friends have left the commune to help avert disaster however they can and are urging Marlo to join them. She must decid
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Andrea
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

I have always been intrigued by cults and doomsday preppers, and a group of people who have seen what could happen with climate change and have separated themselves away from the world seemed right up my alley. While it was an interesting concept, I just wasn't able to fully engage in the book or really connect.

Marlo wasn't a character that I could find myself connecting to, in any way and that made the bo
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Tess
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
DISASTER’S CHILDREN is an interesting look at preparing for the end of the world. It follows Marlo, a 25 year old woman who lives on a ranch co-founded by her millionaire parents as a way to rebuild society once “the Disaster” (climate change) brings on the apocalypse. Mario is conflicted about stayed on the ranch where she grew though, as there is no one else her age and she wants to get out and actually help the world get better rather than seclude herself on a very privileged way.

It is certa
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Mandy
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disaster’s Children was an amazing story that is really fitting to the times. Marlo’s parents started a community on a ranch in Oregon when things began declining in the world. Terrorist attacks, earthquakes, tsunami’s and floods- they recognized that the world was changing and they needed to try to protect themselves. They are trying to sustain a lifestyle that relies on itself as much as possible. Marlo’s two best friends leave the ranch to go try to help the “disaster,” which is what they cal ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Climate change, off the gridders, class struggle all feature in this dystopian novel. Some of the details seem unnecessary and yet others are terrific. Marlo is the epitome of a sheltered young woman and if she seems immature, it's because she hasn't had much exposure to the real world outside the Oregon compound where she has lived since she was 5. She's the one who finds the first dead eagle, which is a harbinger of bad things to come. That includes the arrival of a young man with whom she has ...more
Denice Langley
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not an "After the Fall" story. It is more about how a select group of people see their future and build a community that will exclude anyone not in their social/economic circle. The only young adult in this group has choices that she struggles to make. Her past, present and future are the central points of Emma Sloley's DIASTER'S CHILDREN. While a good read, the book feels more like the 1st volume of a series than a stand alone. We see the development of the characters and the back story ...more
Kristine
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Disaster's Children by Emma Sloley is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late October.

When nature reclaims an isolated pre-dystopic landscape, Marlo is torn between being a sentry protector or a protected sheep, a new leader of an active prepper community or a letdown to her parents who would choose to live in the outside world. Later, there's a parabolic (yet predictable) turn of events that makes Marlo’s choices that much more difficult and the nature of storytelling seem a little bit ill-
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Roger
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Even the rich would be forced to suffer the consequences of a planet rebelling against the travesties perpetrated against it”. A quote from the book that makes today’s situation even more real. The current political situation with the evil Republicans destroying our world and country is evident. This book gives a real picture of the future that too many people are willfully burying their heads to avoid.
Marybeth Taranow
This was a disappointing book for me. A group of wealthy, privilege people waiting out the end of the world on a ranch in Oregon. The new boy way in is too buy your way in. The 25 year old daughter decides she wants to get out into the world before it’s gone.

I found this slow and the characters never clicked for me. I was awaiting some twist or reveal that would make it interesting. Thank you Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
Maudaevee
The concept, setting and most of the execution of this book were spot on, but I found Marlo the main character/narrator confusing and disagreeable. She is supposed to be in her 20s but come across like a 12 year old, which made it hard to process the story.
Adam McCulloch
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disaster's Children explores how the small, selfish decisions add up to something altogether more horrifying. This book uses these little moments to create a brooding sense of inescapable dread. It's like a prequel to every disaster ever. A book for our times.
Paul Daniel Ash
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Does “literary” HAVE to mean nothing happens?

Some good detail and worldbuilding arent near enough to sag e this story. Characters are mostly stock and the plot is massively overdependent on secrets that turn out to be really banal.
Susan White-Riggs
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was good, not the best book ever, but it pulled me in and kept me interested.
Rachel Glass
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Climate change has been something I've been trying to keep in mind in my daily life and to take action accordingly where I can, but it's not something I've really seen in fiction before, hence why I requested this book.

Marlo (I assume her name is a portmanteau of both her parents' names) has grown up on an exclusive commune-type community for the wealthy hoping to survive when the effects
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Kathryn Eudy
First, I received this book for free through Netgalley for a fair and honest review. I would rate this a 3.4/5. This book focuses around a young woman, Marlo, who lives in an isolated community. Marlo must come to terms with whether she can accept the reality of that community as remaining isolated increasingly means ignoring the plight of mankind. I was drawn to that concept from the blurb. I think this book got about two inches away from fulfilling its potential. Close enough that I felt it wa ...more
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Emma Sloley began her career as an editor at Harper's BAZAAR Australia before moving to New York to become a freelance travel writer.

Her short fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Catapult, Yemassee Journal, The Masters Review Anthology, The Tishman Review, Structo, Cleaver, JMWW, and Barren magazine.

Her travel writing has been published in Travel
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