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- Print Length: 412 pages
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- Publisher: Windswept Writing; 1 edition (November 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0779D173J
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- Lending: Enabled
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The protagonists in The Expendables are children, Trey, an Insider who has always had an abundance of food, water, and education, and Aleesha, an Outsider who has had to scramble and scurry to find food. These two children are sometimes characterized as children, while at other times they slip into a forward carrying maturity that is a bit too fast, as it wavers back and forth between childlike reactions and adult logic.
While the story has strong bones, I would like to have a bit more of the hints of backstory come earlier than it does in order to pique my curiosity a bit, rather than having the majority of the history of the devastation coming in the last fourth of the book. The author has sprinkled a few clues into the mix, and even a few more earlier could have enhanced the tale for me.
In addition, I appreciated the clues and map of parts of London being given because it made the setting grounded in a way that anchors it to some aspects of society. I think adding a few more signs found in the different Areas earlier would help make a mental map for readers. On that note, Ingleby might consider actually drawing out her vision of the London that is left and having that as part of the story or as the book's end covers.
The reason for my four star rating is that a few parts of the book are uneven in their pacing without smooth transitions between the two characters who alternate telling the story by chapters assigned to them. In addition, taking on climate change, poverty, water purity, class subcategories, education, and hunger is a daunting task. It will be interesting to see if Ingleby has sketched out some of these issues to be further addressed in future sections of her series. I read an advanced readers copy of the book in a eBook format upon which my review is based.
There are so many more correlations but I don't want to give it all away.
I really enjoyed this book and how Ingleby uses it to really make the reader think about what our world is moving towards. Don't be sheep. Question the people in power.
I liked the parallel between Aleesha and Lily. I really wanted to slap Jay and so many others in this story. I really hope Trey goes to stay with Abby and helps her while he and Aleesha find a way to make London a better place.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.