Author: Stuart Land
There are no terrorists, only mothers.
Young girls all over the world are suddenly becoming pregnant. First thoughts are, who are the fathers. But then more strange news. They’re virgins. Doctor Sam Enright is the father of one of these girls and takes it upon himself to help them as they come from the far reaches. This worldwide epidemic keeps growing with grave consequences that leaves humanity’s existence in question.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book had a slow start. It felt kind of drawn out, so I was pushing through it some, but it got really good! I was getting strong X-Files vibes as I read. Even had the theme song going on in my head. There weren’t any aliens, but this would be a case for Scully and Mulder. The 11 to 12 year-old girls getting mysteriously pregnant was mind boggling and crazy. And it didn’t stop there. Births came to term quickly. And the children born were anything but ordinary.
The plot was very intricate and detailed. Wonderful imagery. There wasn’t a beat missed. The multiple POVs was nice! Very refreshing. There wasn’t just one person involved or focused on. It was the whole world, so I was stretching from the United States to Russia to Africa and many other places. The diversity is one of my favorite parts. Dr. Enright, the father of Kimber, one of the girls that became pregnant, did become more central than other characters at times. The way he struggled to handle this worldwide situation was so remarkably human. While angry and confused, he’s scared. Anybody would be scared. It was realistic. I love it when a book can do that.
The down side, I couldn’t get a strong emotional touch on these characters. I wasn’t feeling anything for them. I would’ve been more into this if I could’ve gotten a stronger emotional pull.
What I found son interesting was that this came across pretty realistically. I could imagine something like this happening and causing a worldwide, apocalyptic worthy, riot and panic. The controversy of young pregnancy and how it effects people differently. Whether it’s an abomination or a miracle. The things that followed as aftershocks tested the world, and since I’m not privy to too much spoiler-y you’ll just have to read this book someday.
This was a book that stretched my mind. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this. The concept is original and really got me thinking. This book allows the reader to be open about a subject and others that are difficult. I do wish I liked this more, but it came across more as something of a theory than something I could enjoy.
More to come coon…
P.S. Song today? A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
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