Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn
This story is a refreshingly new take on the whole post-apocalyptic theme. Back a few years ago I went through a phase of reading anything post-apocalyptic I could get my hands on. I really enjoyed books like the Hunger Games and Maze Runner but I quickly grew tired of what seemed to be the same old story done a thousand times over. When the author contacted me and asked if I would read and review Children of the Different, I was a little hesitant at first. I decided to check it out because it sounded like something my son would enjoy. I also checked out some reviews on a couple other sites that I follow, and they all said the same thing. “It’s unlike anything I’ve read before.” So, I gave it a whirl, and I am so glad I did.
The Great Madness
The story takes place in Western Australia, 19 years after a brain disease wiped out most of the world’s population. The disease was called the great madness. The people who survived all seem to have something different about their brains. Now, 19 years after the great madness, children reaching their teens go into a trance. While in this trance the kids experience something called the changeland. It’s almost like a dream that they are trying to escape. Once they wake up, they will either have some kind of new mental superpower or they will become vicious cannibalistic feral.
The story follows a set of thirteen-year-old twins, Arika and her brother Narrah. The twins go through the changing and are somehow able to enter each other’s journey through the changeland to help each other get through the trials. Inside the changeland, they are being hunted by “The Ant Eater”. The Ant Eater will stop at nothing to make sure the twins do not survive. The first time I was introduced to this villain I thought it was kinda weird, maybe a little cheesy… I mean, who would be afraid of an anteater? After finishing this book though, I think I would pee my pants if I actually encountered this villain in real life.
Was it any good?
YES, YES, YES! I’m gonna say it now… This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. There are a ton of books out there that take place after the end of the world, but Children of the Different has so many unique qualities that it really stands out in the crowd. I was constantly and pleasantly surprised after each chapter. S.C. Flynn has my full attention should he decide to write more about the twins, or about this crazy new world I so eagerly want more of.
Is it for me?
Yes! I could go on to say if you like post-apocalyptic stories or if you like fantasy books or coming of age stories or whatever. In the end, though, this book just has a really good story.
Don’t trust me? yeah, me neither… go read it for yourself!