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All Good Children Paperback – May 13, 2016
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Jordan, a fearless and curious teenager, has heard stories of the ominous "Over" and "summer camp" stories her whole life. The Over are nine-foot tall birdlike creatures that have somehow taken over the entire world, watch humans from the sky, and are instilling fear into society just to "keep the peace." They also make sure that their own existence is maintained. Summer camp isn't quite what it sounds like, and Jordan's rebellious behavior gets her noticed in the most unexpected way. While trying to figure out her own path in this world, Jordan finds herself in the middle of a life-altering process that could bring down the current establishment, and she figures out why all of her peers' dreams are extinguished (quite literally) at birth. Ingram uses this beautifully written novel to bring Jordan and her family's fears to life—separation, the possibility of aliens taking over the world, and the frightening but enticing idea of a revolution. This new and invigorating addition to the YA category spotlights the bond of family and explores women's rights. Jordan develops from a naive teenager who is just trying to make it through her "special-needs" class to a very aware young woman, growing more and more skeptical of the government and her surroundings. This work ends with a cliff-hanger, as the protagonist finds herself at the beginning of a potential revolution. VERDICT A worthy selection for YA sci-fi collections.—Annette Muyumba, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
"Ingram has invigorated the apocalyptic genre with a tightly woven story brimming with atmosphere. This novel is at once refreshing and thoughtful, and a great addition to the genre." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"With ALL GOOD CHILDREN, Ingram captures the global horror of an inter-species planetary takeover in a different and subtle way, by intimately focusing on how one family suffers, and endures. Being complicit to suffering may be a greater nightmare than the chilling creatures she's created. Countering them, we find a great example of feisty humanity in one angry young teenage girl." - Jim Provenzano, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Every Time I Think of You
"The atmosphere of adolescentangst develops around fraught conversations, from Jordan's anguished exchangeswith her parents to her sullen mouthing off in group therapy; the result feelslike a mashup of The Hunger Games,"The Lottery," Girl, Interrupted, and Auschwitz, with malevolentbuzzards thrown in.Ingram gives her story a realism and emotional depth that makethe reader care about her protagonist's fate. ...Ingram gives her story a realism and emotional depth that makethe reader care about her protagonist's fate." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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The description of the book doesn't give you a clue that what you're about to read is an edgy, timely, and sharp science fiction novel. The book is extremely creepy and the description of the Over and the terrible things they do are outstanding.
Above all, I loved Jordan. She was such a rebellious kid.
There were a few world building issues. I didn't understand everything the Over did and why. I also didn't understand some of the things that happened at the camp. But over all, I really enjoyed the book and would like to read the author again.
A percocious young woman seeks to buck the oppressive environment she's in, only to find herself sent to the camps, where she is offered the choice to save the world at her own expense.
I don't want to give away too many details, but I truly enjoyed the story and I highly recommend the book.
The most challenging aspect of the book is its voice. Because we see the story through the eyes of three different characters, it can be somewhat disjointed. With that being said, two of the three of these characters are developed extremely well. The pain of all three women was palpable.
Ingram did a few things stylistically that I felt were brilliant. She left out specific technological or cultural references that would clue us in to exactly when this novel takes place. She advances through time flawlessly even though she has to manage first person present tense with three characters. And she tackles messy issues within the story line.
I’m a new fan and look forward to reading any new work.