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Nathan is in the middle of a devastating storm. An alien race makes capital out of humanity’s affinity for war and self-destruction; it makes them annihilate their children and anyone who resists its plan. Internet is down, and there is no way to communicate with others easily. Everything the human race has worked hard to build and safeguard goes down the drain in one night. As always, it seems a common, worldwide threat unites people, as the most unlikely groups combine forces. What is the goal of turning parents against their children? Why Earth? What is the probability of a ragtag army and a few children resisting aliens possessing advanced technology? When the Children Come, the first book in the Children of the Eye, offers answers to these questions and more.
I liked how the story began. The reader is thrown into the midst of chaos, and the puzzles form a perfect picture with time. I loved this method as it made me love the book from the first page, as questions kept coming to my mind, and I had to read on to find answers. Barry Kirwan knows how to balance fiction and nonfiction, dialogue and action, and humor and angst. Several issues, including why human beings are ever waging battles, religion, the future of the world, and extraterrestrials, provoke the reader to think and rethink. The question is not whether there is hope, but what it takes to keep it alive and for how long.
The characters in this book are likable, possessing both strengths and flaws in equal measure. The breakdown of social structures creates a disturbance that shifts everything. Nathan is thrown into uncharted territory when he is made to love and protect those he has never wanted. Childhood is snatched from the kids before they even savor its joys. The existing structures and systems work against their creators. These are the prevailing conditions in the world, and there is no escape from this reality.
I like exploring the fantasy worlds, and experiencing the imaginations of the human mind. It becomes more enthralling when it constantly borders the real and the imagined, the possible and the impossible; it creates a tightrope walk whereby you are forced to visit each world and ponder its implications on the other. Occasionally, the author alludes to a futuristic world, for instance, where children are bred and educated by computers and released to the general population upon maturity, which forces one to think about its possibility.
The editing of the book was good, and it employed an easy-to-understand language. I rate it four out of four stars. I would have loved to see things from the invaders' perspective, but the point of view focused primarily on the humans. The desire to view the events from their perspective kept me turning page after page, which, eventually, is a good thing. Every fan of science fiction will enjoy reading this enthralling novel. However, readers should be aware the book contains cuss words.
When the Children Come
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