“ With echoes of the time-honored classic, ”Lord of the Flies,” Bonnie Dobkin’s “Neptune’s Children” is the story of what happens when children are left to their own devices for far too long. In “Neptune’s Children,” rather than being deserted on an island by the fluke of a plane crash, the children on the Isles of Wonder are survivors of a plague- a result of biological warfare that took casualties in every adult on the planet, and none of the children. Now, secluded on five islands that once functioned as an amusement park, the children and young teens begin to get organized. Each island holds its own personalities, and at the center of it all sits the island of Atlantis. At the heart of Atlantis, ruling over all the orphaned children, is King Neptune, a young teen with the skills to lead a few thousand others into prosperity. But, as with all societies, the decisions of the leaders aren’t always made with the interests of the people at heart.
This book is a great post-apocalyptic novel. I loved the idea of a child force organizing themselves into a society, and it was particularly interesting that the book spanned a long time period of over a year, because it showed more of how the society ultimately grew and developed. There are practical hardships addressed that often go overlooked in similar novels. Also, the horrors of the plague and the resulting traumatized survivors are all wrapped in a gilded frame of wonder. More accurately, the Isles of Wonder. The Isles of Wonder reveal themselves throughout the book to be ever increasingly intricate and beautiful, in contrast to the darkness of the book’s other content. I would suggest this to people who like survivor books or post-apocalyptic stories, perhaps those who like things such as the hunger games. ”
KayaBillotte wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013.