Sunday, November 9, 2014

REVIEW: Kids at War

Kids at War
E.A. Lake

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Publication date: 10.17.2014
Pages: 207

Recommended by: Worldwind Virtual Book Tours, Read 2 Review

Date read: 11.8.2014

Summary: Almost six years since and unknown event plunged the world into darkness, humanity continues to crumble.  Times have worsened as the remaining fuel and valuable resources - fresh food and water - are long gone.  Chances of recovery have all but disappeared; chances of survival seem grim.

            In a plan so backward, so unlikely to have any success, the militia of the Milwaukee area take a young nun, five teens, and a set of five "special packages" into the barren farmland of south-central Wisconsin.  There, with little more than themselves for support, they are to live, to grow, and perhaps even prosper.  Or maybe the militia has just removed a problem they chose not to deal with.
            With the help of new - yet strange - friends, their journey begins.  But trouble finds them, even against their greatest hopes and fervent prayers.  Worse, the militia has purchased help from a drunken recluse who may prove to be their greatest trouble of all.
            The second book of our greatest war, our battle for survival, begins: WWIV - Kids at War.

This was a really interesting story.  The idea of a nun with five young teenage girls, with those five "special packages," being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, in a house with no electricity, and a couple of boxes of supplies, was really interesting, but at the same time seemed to make no sense, with the fact that the militia refused to answer any questions that they had.  With no help, and no real idea what they are doing, they make friends with their closest neighbors, and they have a guy the militia paid to help them out when needed.  This book is basically the story of their lives - their life, their adventures - as they grow up and learn about life.

My only concern was it didn't really feel like a dystopian book.  And I felt that the title was a tad deceiving.  I mean, with "Kids at War," I kept waiting for something to happen - and things did happen, not just anything really having to do with "war," at least in the way that I expected.  Also, with the Amish store, the fact that they had no electricity, and quite a few other things that went on throughout the book, I felt more like I was watching an episode of The Waltons.

That's not to say that I didn't find this book enjoyable, because I did.  I liked the story, it was well written, it kept me intrigued from start to finish, and I really like the way the story ended.  When I took this book on for the blog tour, I didn't actually know that it was the second in the story, so I plan to go back and read the first one - and I would like to see how this series continues, if the author chooses to do so.

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