I took a weekend trip to see the West Coast (so lovely, by the way), and did some reading for entertainment. (Along with making my mother see some of Doctor Who. I am nothing without priorities.) Here are my Goodreads reviews from that.
Reading two post-apocalypse books at the same time and having neither of them explain about why the world was the way it was frustrated me. (Time to read more Susan Beth Pfeffer books!) Still, Shade’s Children was gripping. The technology! The ridiculousness of something else harvesting human organs to create their own monsters which then go after the children that run away because… why? Some kind of battle. Okay, so we really didn’t get into the other side of the story. Whatever. That’s fine.
There were still really compelling conflicts of children who did not grow up with adults and therefore do not know how to reason like an adult. And Shade itself! The most fascinating take of this book is what happens when you let something like him run loose. Is it okay? Are the children being raised in a fair environment where they know all they need to know? Do they learn compassion in addition to Sex Ed I, II, and Basic Contraception? (Oh man the fact that those existed cracked me up.)
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I would say that this book is almost-but-not-quite steampunk, since many of the characters are trying to resurrect and understand technology from our time. (As with the last book I reviewed, what happened to make this change? So curious!) It was fascinating to see this girl, who was raised with the point of view that irrationality is wrong, struggle with her feelings as she learns that her entire history was a lie. I was quite pleased at the ending, as she realizes that she needs space to think away from the people who want to use her, and she takes it. That was quite a strength, to go from a childlike “scientist” who follows where the older men direct to realizing what she needs and taking it. The best part of this book was absolutely watching Fever mature, when I almost expected her to stay this childlike doll for the entire book, pushed from one thing to another by the plot.
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