4 Awesome Rabbles for the next installment of a great YA Post Apocalyptic Thriller!
The awakening was only the beginning.
Having learned of the destruction of their world, Jack, Sam, and Will are forced to flee the security of their Grandparent’s home with blood thirsty beasts hot on their trail. Leaving the dark rider and the answers he likely had behind, they again are forced to fend for themselves as they are pursued relentlessly.
It isn't until they begin to see signs of life that hope is rekindled, but with the beasts gaining on them, will they reach what surely must be salvation - or will they fall victim to the creatures that destroyed the world they once knew?
In this, the second installment of the Children of the After series by Jeremy Laszlo, I have really come to like the way that this author spins a yarn! In the first book, Children of the After "Awakening" (see the Reading Rabble review) we found our sibling heroes Jack, Sam, and Will on a frightful journey out of a devastated Chicago. Their journey led them to their grandparents house in the countryside where the answers they sought were not to be found. Even though the answers were not found in the first installment, the way that the author developed the plot assured that I would not stop reading with the first book.
Now, in this second book, Children of the After "Revelation", we are finally given the reasons for the disaster our heroes find themselves in. Without giving too much away, suffice to say that it's an ALIEN INVASION book! This book, however, takes that old theme to a new and different place. In the course of escaping their plight Jack, Sam, and Will come across Tammy, who will be important in their continuing search for safety and answers. This girl, about Jack's age, has been hiding in the ruins of a town south of Chicago. Tammy manages to save our the three from some of the rampaging aliens and immediately becomes part of the family.
This book is not just a typical rehashing of a tired old alien invasion theme, but a new and inventive telling of what has become a staple in modern literature. We find out from Tammy that at least 6 different species of aliens have come to Earth with war and conquest as their agenda. Not only are these aliens fighting humans, but they are also fighting each other! Sort of a "War of the Worlds" gone mad. With everything from Insect-like creatures who fly to aliens who resemble humans in almost every respect fighting for dominance and conquest, it's no wonder that our heroes are thrust into a terrifying new world.
Continuing their journey to what they hope is safety, the siblings join forces with Tammy in the hope of making it to where humans are still carrying on the fight. After meeting up with some more young scavengers, their journey becomes much easier as they are taken to an old air force base in St. Louis. This is where we meet some of the remnant of humanity in the person of Grant. A tyrannical former military leader who has taken over an old military base in the central U.S. Jack, Sam, and Will are tended to medically while Tammy is taken to an unknown part of the base. This is where the plot turns.
With mastery, the author manages to spin an old story thread into a tight and thrilling action story. The storyline never leaves me dissatisfied. Even though the plot twist at the ending of this book had me feeling frustrated, I'm never left with any doubts as to the hero's goal and destination.
Once again, I am thrilled with this story. It is perhaps aimed at the younger YA audience, but it's never lacking for excitement. What it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in wall-to-wall action. There was never a time anywhere in this story where I got bored with excessive drama or non-essential explanations. That is why I'm wholeheartedly giving this second installment of the "Children of the After Series" 4 Rabbles with an R for reluctant readers. The pace of the action and the ease of the vocabulary make this book a sure winner for reluctant readers!
Time to Rabble back! Ever been grabbed by a series you didn't expect to like?