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Suffer the Children Paperback – May 20, 2014
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The synopsis is terrifying: Children everywhere, millions and eventually billions of them, succumb to death within a single hour called Herod's Event. The grief is terrible, but the natural order of things is still being observed- until they wake up again, their little rotting selves trotting in the direction of home and their fearful but delighted parents. This in of itself is something too nasty to imagine. I became strangely attached to the kids in this novel- as they were before they died and even after. The parents soon discover that the "Resurrection," as it was called, is temporary, and their children return to sitting wax dolls, only their eyes making frozen movements as the Herod's parasite in them demands BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD.
Think of every time a little kid has whined to you about being hungry. Always at the most inconvenient times, always for the crappiest junk foods their sugar hyped systems can tolerate. It's frustrating, predictable, neverending. Now imagine it's not your kid speaking, but just their mouth moving, erratic shrieks in the middle of the night for BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, or looming over as you wake up with a start, dead eyes staring and lips mumbling "blood-bluh-bluhd-bluhd-bluhd-bluhd..."
Just give them what they ask for, and your dazzling son or daughter will be back. Warm and alive and laughing just like they used to be, for an hour or two. Only an hour or two.
Honestly, that's the parents in Suffer the Children faced, and their behavior as well as MY REACTION to it was bizarre beyond belief. I think I learned a little about myself here. I don't have a child, and the logic of such a situation....well, part of me was screaming "KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!" but I was astonished at the larger part of me that sympathized so strongly with the parents doing anything, ANYTHING to bring their children back, no matter what the cost. Yes, of course! Bring them back. Is there anything you want more? Is there anything at all? FEED ON MY NEIGHBOR'S BLOOD! AS LONG AS YOU COME BACK TO ME!!
Watching these parents evolved from normal people to anemic, withered creatures hanging on to the edge of sanity while their children only get stronger was bizarre. Suffer the Children manages to combine science, tension, that creepy-crawly feeling and pure heartache in a way that's nothing short of stellar. The parents' interactions and dialogue are so organic and real, by the time they respectively reach the end of their ropes, you're silently pleading with them not to do this. Not to do what they're being driven to do.
I'm not a horror fan. The Walking Dead isn't horror- it's a soap opera, and I only every read this because the only other horror I've read (Bird Box, and it is just amazing) turned out to be so much more tightly written and oddly, making so much more sense than the copycat YA dystopias loaded with teen angst and injustice- I thought Suffer the Children would be similar, and I was right.
Read this book.And take your kids out to the park after.
We then get to watch how the parents, that have lost their young ones, get sucked into depression and angst. Especially with those that are forced to clean up the communities of the plethora of small dead bodies. As the world starts to finally make so sense of what happen to all the children, something no one expected happens. Some of the kids return home.
Everything is gumdrops and popsicles again until again the children appear to die and reawaken. Until one mother figures out what they need to survive, her blood. What if a pint of blood would only guarantee another hour of time with your little one? How far would you go? If I was a parent I can only imagine that I would be happy to do anything for my child survival, would you?
DiLouie masterfully crafts a twisted take on the typical vampire story. Making the listener ask themselves those very questions. While tearing your heart out with anticipation only to forcefully shove it back in so the adrenaline can pump. Until it is ripped out again. I was glued to my earbuds, wanting more. I devoured this audiobook in less that two sittings. If you want a uniquely terrifying, that questions your morals, you need this audiobook.
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As a parent, reading this was hard. It's terrible to think of your children dying. At first, I thought I'd be willing to do anything to keep my kids alive if they came back, but I quickly discovered I'm way too rational for that. Honestly, if my kids changed to this degree, I'd have to let them go. Watching them become what they were becoming would be more upsetting than my maternal instinct could offset.
If you're the kind of mother who thinks they could, in a zombie apocalypse, keep their infected zombie children chained and locked up so long as they're anything other than *actually dead,* this book may change your mind.