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Black Girl Magic indeed! It's no surprise that this epic trilogy opener has already been optioned for film. Full of cinematic action sequences the most memorable of them set underwater and employing an army of the dead and creatures worthy of Star Wars horse-sized 'lionaires' have saber teeth and horns , it storms the boundaries of imagination.

Yet it also confronts the conscience. Adeyemi's brutally depicted war between the noble, lighter-skinned kosidans, and the enslaved, darker-skinned majis poses thought-provoking questions about race, class, and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.

The cliffhanger ending may leave some readers reeling but, rest assured, this is first in a trilogy. Observer Epic fantasy YA debut of magic and war. I received an advanced reader copy of this book, and I loved it! I don't read a lot of post-apocalyptic stuff, but as a fan of the author I was quick to pounce on this. The book deals with teens who find themselves the only survivors in a world where everyone over the age of 16 has died. As anarchy ensues among the great majority, o I received an advanced reader copy of this book, and I loved it!

As anarchy ensues among the great majority, one sect of kids ban together to regrow society, food, law, and order.

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Their leader is Jack, a boy who had an unusual upbringing by a pair of survivalist parents. But surviving and leading his tribe of determined teens isn't Jack's biggest problem. It's the influence of the surrounding anarchy on his soul, and his struggle to avoid becoming like the cruel teenage bullies and tyrants he's trying to protect his friends from.

One reviewer on here commented about the lack of any other truly intelligent characters other than Jack—"Why are all the others depicted as dumber than a box of rocks Why are there so few gifted teens, the ones with diplomatic, science, technology and research skills?


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Where are the ones who were taught altruism as a first priority by involved parents? Monk has taken a good long look at teenagers today and found something that should surprise no one: The majority of kids today are morons and in a post-apocalyptic world devoid of adult supervision they would become exactly what John depicts—bullies with no sense of direction, purpose, goals, or any idea about how to survive without electricity, refrigeration, or supermarkets.

The book sports a high body count and some truly horrifying moments. Jun 19, Logan Keys rated it it was amazing. There is so much going on in this novel it's hard to know where to begin! Jack as a character is amazingly dimensional. Loads of cool facts come from this kid, and his strange childhood has prepared him for the end of the world in a modern age of power-reliant teens. Even though this is a story about kids, it's geared toward adults IMO. Otherwise, if you are like me and just love a goo Intense! Otherwise, if you are like me and just love a good Apocalyptic thriller Hells Children is for you!

Lots of realistic based survival stuff for the prepper in all of us end of the world readers! I really enjoyed the ride start to finish. How they band together, building a community, and even better are the rivalries and tensions throughout. Lisa is also another favorite character and I'd have loved to see more of her POV.

Maybe in the sequel? Did I hear correct there is another on the way from this story?? You won't be dissapointed! Jan 02, Renee Frisch rated it it was amazing. Apocalyptic fiction with a new spin. I highly recommend this. Jan 19, Deacon Gray rated it it was ok. The adult world has died, and the oldest person Jack knows during the book is a sixteen year old girl who is pregnant, but fairly useless as a role model or survivalist.

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So what does he do? He gathers grabs his best friends, and heads for the woods to start his own little commune. Around him the other children form gangs, gather guns, and learn to drive like morons as they assert their will, and dominance over the landscape. I read a lot of novels, many of these post apocalyptic stories are out th The adult world has died, and the oldest person Jack knows during the book is a sixteen year old girl who is pregnant, but fairly useless as a role model or survivalist.

I read a lot of novels, many of these post apocalyptic stories are out there and to be honest there tends to be very little difference between them in the basic plot. This story is no different except that it's kids, so some of the real scary stuff just doesn't soak through. I left feeling like I needed a better book to read, something more gritty, more chilling and dark. The clean roads, the nearly cheery disposition of the kids so soon after their parents died, and the odd combination of both young minds, and adult considerations didn't really hit that sweet spot for me.

It might just be that this writer isn't for me. Mar 04, Beckimoody Moody rated it it was amazing. Pretty good YA novel The sickness kills all the adults, leaving teens in charge. Part Mad Max and part Lord of the Flies, this ended up being pretty good. The main character is Jack. This premise makes much of what happens in the book more believable. There are other groups besides the ban Pretty good YA novel The sickness kills all the adults, leaving teens in charge. There are other groups besides the band of stragglers jack adopts — Blaze and the pyros who are intent on destroying everything, and the Dragsters who want to race fast cars and goof off.

Those are the main ones in this book. As resources dwindle, Jack finds himself growing into a leader, as he searches for supplies, protects those in his care, and figures out who to trust. I liked this well enough that i bought the second book in the series as soon as i finished!

Nov 28, Marat Beiner rated it liked it Shelves: The book wasn't as good as I thought it will, but still a very decent book, which makes you want to read the next installment.

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The best thing in the book is that the book is written in very realistic way, even in the less significant parts. Reading this book, sometimes I really felt inside it, and that a sign that the book very well written. I think that the what made me to give away one star is the fact that the book is too short, and all which happens in it, happens too fast Real rating 3.

I think that the what made me to give away one star is the fact that the book is too short, and all which happens in it, happens too fast, and we don't see enough world building. Regarding world-building, I understand that it's the first book in the series, but because the fact that first 2 books are that short, I have a feeling that we won't get enough in the trilogy, but I might be wrong.

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On the side note: I'm very impressed by John L. Monk, as I was listening to the first the book of the "Jenkins Cycle", and liked it very much as well, just a pity that the other 2 audio books of the series did published yet. Feb 26, Beth Adams rated it it was amazing. I got this out of boredom with my usual genre and I was blown away. The way this was written really appeals to me. It isn't flowery but it isn't clinical.

It's as if your sitting around a campfire being told a story by a master in the art of storytelling. The world is believable and the characters are distinct and developed without wasting your time with useless fill. Do yourself a favor and curl up somewhere comfy because you won't want to put this down. Feb 11, NormaCenva rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am so glad I've stumbled onto this book by pure accident!

I was dreading it in the beginnings due to the premise, but in the end it really reminded me of the New-Zealand's TV show "The Tribe" late 90's early 's but done so much better and far less "cheesy". Characters are well done, the encounters are realistic and the story development is believable, a true rarity in modern YA, especially post-apocalyptic sub-genre.

I am so pumped for Book 2 now, just can't wait to continue reading! Jan 28, Pamela Saylor rated it it was amazing. I love dystopian novels and movies. The Walking Dead is my favorite television series. Monk's book "Hell's Children" in one day because it was too interesting to put down. The premise is much the same as TWD, strangers come together in adversity and end up becoming even more than friends, they become family. Sep 14, Wally Tomlinson rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. In a world that has gone to hell after a Plague or Sickness that has taken most of the adults leaving kids behind. Which the kids banded together in group to survive in the only way they know how. I love the way this Jack whose parents died but taught Jack survivalist skills May 06, Penny rated it it was amazing. Survival of the fittest I loved this book because Jack is smart and never gives up. It is scary to think that if anything like this ever happened what would children do.

It kept me on the edge wondering what would happen to everyone. I was surprised with so e things.

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Feb 22, Ellen rated it liked it. It was a quick, entertaining read, but not what I would call epic or a classic of the genre.

Jun 20, Myrna rated it really liked it. Intriguing Read this book for free Liked the characters after the development and background story. Enjoyed it enough to buy the sequel. I recommend this book. Sep 19, Marion Buehring rated it liked it. The basis of the story was a good idea.

I had high hopes, but I just couldn't get into it. The characters are more clinical than believable. Character motivation is either overly explained or not explained at all. But I'm not 12, so I'm guessing this book wasn't written for me. May 16, Melissa rated it it was ok. Mar 17, Megan Murphy rated it it was amazing. Go jack Spoiler alert!!! I enjoyed it a lot it was nice to read a book with a male leading role! Feb 03, billy rated it it was amazing.

Not your ordinary post-apocalyptic story. Well written and edited. I was reluctant at first cause it was about kids but it worked out well. Jun 23, Barry Morris rated it it was amazing.