Monday, April 7, 2014

ALL GOOD CHILDREN Review

What a beautiful, beautiful rain we had Sunday. Our area desperately needs it. I'm praying for more. Our pond has been dry for three years. It would be great to see water and fish, turtles and dragonflies again.  So much for the weather. Today, I'm reviewing a book I read for one of the Good Reads Book Clubs I belong to. I hope you enjoy.

ALL GOOD CHILDREN
Catherine Austen

What if all the children in school were good little children? They followed the rules. They were quiet and obedient. That would be fantastic, right? Or would it? What if they never laughed or cheered at a football game, like normal kids do? It might seem great at first, but if my children were perfect, I’d get a bit worried.

Author Catherine Austen’s MG/YA novel, ALL GOOD CHILDREN, is set in a future world where parents have children that are known as “freebies,” “best of threes,” or “the ultimate” depending on how they’re conceived. If a family has enough money, they can keep at it until they get the perfect embryo. Something strange is happening in New Middletown, however. The kids in grades one and two are acting weird, and ninth and tenth grade students are due to be vaccinated and will soon act like perfect little angels too. Fifteen-year-old Max Conners doesn’t want the shot because everyone that gets it changes into what he and his friend Dallas call “zombies.” Ally, his six-year-old sister who already had the vaccination is proof. But what can a teen do to stop the insanity?

ALL GOOD CHILDREN paints a disturbing picture of authority gone wild, taking extreme measures to control children and teens, under the pretense of improving their behavior so they can learn better. Yeah, if you want little robots that obey instructions without an original thought in their heads. The author has created characters that are so real I wanted to help them face each challenge. Ms. Austen also adds a touch of humor to give the characters and the reader hope. I recommend ALL GOOD CHILDREN for school libraries, as well as public libraries and your own personal library. This is a story you will remember for a long time.

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Happy Reading. 

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good one. That is sorta what they try and do now, to a lesser extent, with all the ads pointed toward kids to swerve them in a certain way buying wise.

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    1. Sadly, that's true, Pat. When I was a kid, back in the caveman days, we invented our games. We didn't even have TV. Today, kids don't have to invent anything. However, the games I've seen are too smart for me. But many of them, in my opinion, are too violent. Such are the times, I suppose.

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  2. Government run amok! It sounds as if the kids have battle on their hands. Thanks for introducing this one, Beverly.

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    1. It is a thought provoking story, C Lee. Could it really happen?

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  3. This theme is really very interesting. There are tons of kids, right now, getting medications because they've been diagnosed with mental issues. But 50 years ago, people survived without such intervention. Are we really helping or is society trying to mold every person into what we consider "normal"? And how many brilliant inventors or artists of the past might not have achieved as much if they'd been medicated?

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    1. Good points, Lexa. I had a student one year in third grade that told me first thing that morning he hadn't had his medication and would be wild today. He was, and I wondered how much of that was knowing he could get away with it rather than real behavior. 50 years ago we had never heard of ADHD and all these things. :)

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    2. This does sound like an interesting book and a world that would be creepy. it would be nice to have kids behaving, but not to extreme measures. This is my first time hearing of this one. Thanks for sharing. :)
      ~Jess

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    3. It is creepy and surprising that the parents went along with it, Jess. Max's mother is the exception. Being a nurse she know what's happening and decides to save her children. Good story.

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  4. Great post. I really enjoyed reading this.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, debi. It is an interesting story. Thanks for stopping by.

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