Saturday, May 17, 2014

Book Review: The Doomsday Kids by Karyn Folan

The Doomsday Kids
By Karyn Folan
Publisher: K Squared Books
Published: Mar. 26, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

"Get to the Mountain Place!" 

With those words, eight kids embark on a terrifying journey to survive a massive nuclear blast that destroys the world they once knew. 

In the wreckage of their community, without food or transportation, their only hope of safety is to walk to a mountain cabin almost two hundred miles away. But the journeying under gray, 
radioactive skies brings the kids face to face with death and danger, deprivation and disease and worst of all: the realization that life will never be the same again. 

Fifteen year old Liam Harper narrates their survival odyssey in this first book of The Doomsday Kids series. 

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My Thoughts:

Liam Harper hasn’t been to public school for the last five years. His dad has been home schooling him. But now he’s back in school, in grade ten. He’s fifteen years old and he’s feeling awkward. How else is he supposed to feel when his dad is a double-amputee war veteran who is always talking about the end of the world? Then he shows up at school on the first morning of school with his bug-out bus!

Then in the middle of class, Liam’s mom phones him and tells him to pull his sister out of school and head to the place their dad has prepared in the mountains. What his dad feared would happen, actually has. Nuclear bombs have been dropped on America!

The Doomsday Kids was a great read for middle school (grade 6–8) youth. Full of suspense and action, Liam, his sister and six other teens must work together in order to survive. While some of them started out as friends, others bullied Liam before the bombs.

The characters of these young people ring true as they step up to face the challenges that they face. Beset with danger from looters, animals, facing hunger and having to travel hundreds of miles to reach their destination these young people learn to work together and put the needs of their companions above their own.

The Doomsday Kids is fast-paced and action-packed.  This book is both touching and heartbreaking at times as the youth come to terms with the fact that they have likely been orphaned in the nuclear attack.

The dialogue sounds quite realistic, and I felt like I was right there with them listening to them argue with one another as they made their decisions.  I very much enjoyed The Doomsday Kids and highly recommend it to all teen readers.

I gave The Doomsday Kids 4 stars out of 5. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair an honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Karyn Langhorne Folan graduated from Harvard Law School and, after practicing and teaching law for several years, decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.  She is the author of eighteen books, including three young adult titles, four romance novels, several works of nonfiction. She has also been the ghostwriter for personalities in the entertainment and music industries.

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