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Extinction Of All Children (Extinction Of All Children, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01GM2YTHE
- Publisher : L.J. Epps; 1st edition (June 3, 2016)
- Publication date : June 3, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2447 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #857,893 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well, I'll admit that there are a lot of similarities between this and The Hunger Games. There are some unique features here that set it apart, but that is where I had many of my issues. The main problem being with the main conflict: death of the poor children. I get the idea here that is you take away the children eventually you will wipe out the poor, but all that does is create a vacuum that will affect the other classes. Once the poor are gone, the poorest of the middle class are now the poor, and the cycle repeats until the poorest of the rich are now the poor. What this needed was a sort of incentive, an opportunity to move from poor status to middle or even rich. I think that would have made the story much more engaging. With that, I think there is an audience out there who will enjoy this. Young adults will most likely enjoy this as many themes tie into those that are seen in pop culture movies and books.
The other part was editing. Now, since the entire book is written this way, I am not sure if it was the intention of the author, or the fault falls on the edition. Sentences sounded like: “That was not the reason. The reason was another one. The real reason was…” or when the book describes the L class reacting to the upper class with phrases like: “You can’t treat us like that. You cannot forbid us to have children. Stop putting us in classes. We have rights”; they are boring, the explanations are too obvious, and the reactions are 100% cliché.
I wouldn’t give up on the series yet, because Emma, with a bit of polishing, is a promising character. I would beg the author to work on the use of vocabulary and explain the mysteries of the saga in a more creative, alluring way. Rely more on “show not tell.”
I think the author wrote Emma from the heart. She is a bit self-centred, very introspective, but rebellious. (There has to be a story.) The other characters tend to be a bit grey, or in one or two cases, a bit stereotyped to do the job, e.g. President Esther. The better-written male characters are resonable, but in my opinion, clearly written by a woman. (This is stated more as an example of the difficulty of writing the other gender and is no reson not to read this book; I suspect the author could retaliate quite nicely criticizing my female characters.) This is apparently the start of a series, and the plot is a little stretched. World building is very good, aand quite dystopian. The limited action is rather well written, and the limited supply is to the author's credit. When it turns up, it is far more effective than in many other novels. To summarise, I thought it quite well done, it is easy to read, but the plot stretching, Emma's total lack of planning at times, the complete lack of any economic structure or consequences from this social experiment, and the limited number of stereotyped characters prevent five stars.