Title: Neptune's Children
Author: Bonnie Dobkin
Publisher: Walker & Company
"A dream vacation at the Isles of Wonder theme park becomes a nightmare when biological terrorism causes the death of every adult on the Islands. Younger teens and children survive, only to face the resulting horror and the chaos of a world without authority. The figure of King Neptune, symbol of the Islands, unites them as they begin to build a society within the park, safe from the outside dangers.
Led by a group called the Core, made up mostly of former park workers' children, the survivors slowly organize their world. But when mysterious events bring danger, some of the Islanders begin to wonder if their home is as safe as they think and if their leaders can really be trusted. As suspicions grown and rivalries intensify, the stage is set for a war that will determine the future of everyone on the Islands."
I was a little worried about the premise of this story - and even through the first couple of chapters. It's just an intensely sad and upsetting for the first bit there... and I was worried it would continue throughout the whole book. Luckily, I was wrong!
The story takes a turn to the interesting social dynamics of leadership and followers and all. I don't know that the story is quite reality when it comes to what kids would actually do if left to their own devices... but one would hope, I suppose.
It is left to where there could be a second book - detailing what happens after this story. But I haven't seen anything about a next one... so I'm going to keep my eyes open for another book. I will probably recommend this to the older sci fi lovers... I'm not sure if the original issue would be appropriate for younger readers, but maybe.
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