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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    Every kid at one time or another has wished there were no adults

    Every kid at one time or another has wished there were no adults. Eating whatever one wants, skipping school, having no chores or bedtime all sound appealing.

    And then the end of the world arrives. Invaders attack our planet. People disappear. Not just kids or adults…almost everybody. A young teenager named Mitch and his younger brother Jamie find an older teenage boy in building rubble. His name is Aleksei. The three of them get a car and start driving out of the city.

    They come across a teenage girl named Krisztina outside of a crumbled apartment building. She’s angry and scared and doesn’t agree with everything the group believes. Aleksei becomes the group’s leader by default. He’s the oldest, he can drive, and he has survival skills because his parents have worked in other countries helping under-privileged people.

    The group stops at a store to gather supplies and finds a young girl and her baby brother. Their band of survivors makes it out of the city and finds a place they feel is safe from the invaders. They work together to create a home, preparing for the upcoming winter.

    The kids have to battle the elements, themselves, and eventually the fact that the invaders are watching them. There’s a reason the kids have been allowed to live, and they know they have to figure out what it is if they want to survive the invasion.

    While there are difficulties to overcome and conflicts to resolve, many things were accomplished without extreme obstacles. Aleksei had a few mini (mostly internal) meltdowns, but for the most part he reacted as an adult. No real loss or lasting trauma occurred.

    I loved the premise of Rebirth and the message it delivered. Middle graders and younger teenagers will enjoy this story. However, I think older teens and some adults will find the story a bit slow, a little preachy and not as gripping as other novels. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not…which is why I recommend Rebirth to anyone looking for a story filled with adventure and meaning.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    The book, Rebirth, kept me turning pages one after another as I

    The book, Rebirth, kept me turning pages one after another as I wondered how this group of children would fare on their own. Their city destroyed, families gone, they find one another and form a tight bond while surviving the Montana winter in the mountains and figuring out what happened to turn their lives upside down. 
    I enjoyed the characters very much and thought they reacted realistically in such a dire situation. It was fun having an infant included in the plotline, which was very unusual. I think my favorite character was six-year-old Ally. She’s one tough and smart cookie.
    I also enjoyed the survival knowledge included throughout the story. I thought the character of Aleksei, the oldest kid and the one with all of the survival knowledge, was a good combination of smarts and confusion.
    My biggest problem came in the second third of the book when things started coming together and the reasons for everything were revealed. It felt too preachy and forced. I think the message the author was trying to get across could have been said once or twice instead of the thick layering.
    This book would be excellent for Middle Graders and I think they would enjoy the survival aspect as well as the adventure. I think readers of YA fiction would find it too slow and preachy.

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  • Posted September 10, 2014

    I've read a lot of books with aliens in it, and this one was one

    I've read a lot of books with aliens in it, and this one was one of the better ones I've read. A group of children are fashioning a group together to form a team that can stick together and get through the end of the world, as it crumbles around them. 

    The children part, forming a group, made me think of the Boxcar Children series, which of course as a child, I've read every one. The only difference is that this group of children didn't even attempt to find someone who could help them, the immediately started looking for things to help them survive. 

    Each person in the group has something different to offer towards the survival of their group. One of the members is even well educated in home remedies, taught to him by his father who was a doctor. He seems to know everything, almost too much for the age of the members in the group. He seems like a know it all and it seems convenient for the author to have him be so smart, but it took away from the drama and issues that could have happened without him knowing and preventing issues. 

    The seemed to almost have too much knowledge, and some of the things that they knew weren't explained by the author, which seemed impossible on the kids part, and a little unprofessional on the writing from the author. 

    The book was fast paced enough to keep my attention, and finish the book in a timely manner. I did have a problem with the facts and information that kept changing as the book went on. Everything was inconsistent and it seemed like the author forgot what she had written beforehand and was just kind of writing to write with no intention of keeping things running smoothly based off of what was written previously. 

    I was really disappointed with the ending as it was unoriginal and kind of young for the type of book I imagined this being written for. Overall I did enjoy a good portion of the book, not all of it, but enough to rate this at a 3/5. 

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