Review: The Fallen Children by David Owen

The young people who live on the Midwich estate have very little hope for their future. All of them are trying to just survive. So when the Nightout occurs and 4 of the girls who live in the same building end up pregnant, what is going to happen? And why are their bellies reacting to the Geiger counter?

I came across this book a few months ago, so when my library recieved a copy you best believe I picked it up right away. I can’t say I’ve read anything like this before – and I hadn’t previously heard of the book David got the idea from, but I will be checking it out.

I’m going to start by pointing out that the Foreword is wonderful. It speaks on the difficulty to get into and stay in education, student loans, youth unemployment, the mental health crisis, how we’re written off as lazy and entitled.

The Fallen Children is told from multiple perspectives. The book begins with Morris running away from Tyrone (and two other boys) – someone he used to consider a friend. He borrowed drug money from him in hopes of improving his life, but now he’s in a lot of trouble and his life remains the same.

Then there’s the girls affected by the strange night; Keisha, Maida, Siobhan and Olivia. It’s impossible for them to be pregnant, completely bizarre that they’re all the same distance along, and have all of the same symptoms. A strong bond forms between them, so strong that they can sense eachothers feelings. You can imagine how much weirder it gets when they discover they’ll be giving birth in under 2 weeks…

Part two made me lose concentration initially, mostly because the time that had passed. Once I got back into it though, I was hooked just as much as I was with part one. The other residents had declared War, and The Children were becoming more powerful with each day that passed.

I really, really enjoyed this book! It was hardly what I imagined it’d be like, which was a very pleasant surprise. I’m actually ok with the fact a full on alien invasion didn’t happen (ok, yes, this was what I was expecting. Don’t judge me). Despite the wild card that was forced upon these girls, they dealt with it the best they could. I wasn’t keen on how Siobhan was treated, but it was very realistic – not just that situation, but the entire book, especially seeing the girls all react in different ways.

David has created a wonderful novel in which young people have to deal with an already unwanted situation, made a million times worse. He also displayed how judgemental people are and how aggressive they can be, even when it’s none of their business. At times I chuckled, at times I was sad, and at times I was angry. This is easily a 4 star read for me and I think it’ll stick with me for a while.

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