Finally, Booksandquills announced the July books for the End of the World Book Club about a month ago and I was supppper excited because all of the books for the book club have been so excellent so far. The first book for the month was The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham and it was absolutely delightful and lived up to all my high expectations. The second book was The Fallen Children by David Owen and I’ll tell you what I thought about it in a review soon.
Unlike the other books in the End of the World Book Club I found that this one didn’t have the same apocalyptic feel to me, but it was a bit dark and definitely sf. It follows the town, Midwich, for an event dubbed the Day Out and the resulting mysterious pregnancies and their outcomes. Not hooked yet? You will be by the first sentence.
The novel delves deep into social issues and what it means to be human. It also has some fun cold war feels. It displays an interesting view of a government’s reaction to science and how they can take responcibility for their population.
It has great characters and character development. Despite dragging a bit in the middle, it was a wholly enjoyable novel. I will say, however, that although it does have shorter chapters than some books that I have read it is not really a book that is easy to pick up and put down, but would probably be better suited to reading in longer sections.
I rated this book a 9 out of 10. I really enjoyed reading it and it was an easy book to read. It didn’t fight you, but instead drew you in with ever changing circumstances and lines of thinking. A highly enjoyable book, and one that I’m glad was chosen for this book club.