Extinction Of All Children

Extinction Of All Children

by L. J. Epps


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A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes-the rich, the working class, and the poor-because she believes the poor should not mingle with the others. And, the poor are no longer allowed to have children, since they do not have the means to take care of them. Any babies born, accidentally or willfully, are killed. Emma is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory; every baby born after her has died. Somehow, she survived this fate. During the president's Monday night speech, she announces a party will be held to honor the last child in the territory, Emma Whisperer. Emma must read a speech, expressing how happy she is to be the last eighteen-year-old. Emma doesn't like the rules; she doesn't believe in them. So, she feels she must rebel against them. Her family doesn't agree with her rebellion, since they are hiding a big secret. If this secret gets out, it will be disastrous, and deadly, for her family. During Emma's journey, she meets-and becomes friends with-Eric. He is one of the guards for the president. She also befriends Samuel, another guard for the president, who is summoned to watch over her. As Emma meets new people, she doesn't know who she can trust. Yet, she finds herself falling for a guy, something which has never happened before. After doing what she feels is right, Emma finds herself in imminent danger. In the end, she must make one gut-wrenching decision, a decision that may be disastrous for them all."Fans of dystopian fantasy will devour this book. L. J. Epps writes a story that, while dealing with heavy subject matter, is still a light, enjoyable read. This dystopian fantasy novel ignites the imagination, and is a must read for fans of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Trilogy."-Kristina Gemmell,Beta Reader

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997191325
Publisher: L.J. Epps
Publication date: 06/17/2016
Series: Extinction Of All Children , #1
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

I enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction novels, as well as autobiographies and biographies. I also enjoy reading comics and anything else book related.

I've wanted to write a novel for the last ten years but didn't know if I could. I read many books on writing, and finally found the courage to write and self-publish. I spent four years working on my first novel and there are more books to come.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them.

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Extinction Of All Children 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley. I was so pleasantly surprised. I liked the description of the book, but the title was a little "not so" interesting. I decided to give it a try based on the description and I'm truly glad I did. I really enjoy a good dystopian and I hadn't read a one in a while. This one fit the bill. I connected with Emma right away and can't wait to see how her story continues. Dystopians always come with a little unbelievability, but this one didn't go completely off the rails and it was fast moving to really keep my interest. Just to forewarn though, it is a cliffhanger. I'm so glad I also received the other 2 books from NetGalley and I will definitely be reading and reviewing them shortly.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Again, another review where I have to post a trigger warning. In this world, the babies born to the people in Territory L are killed. It is not mentioned in what manner they were killed. The author left enough unsaid for my imagination to go overboard. So, it is safe to say that if you are triggered by infanticide, then do not read the book or the review. When I saw this series turn up in NetGalley’s Read Now email, I was immediately intrigued. A world where society was divided up by classes? A world where the lower class was not allowed to have children? A heroine who was upset at the restrictions that were in place. Who was willing to do whatever it takes to make sure those sanctions were lifted? Yeah, you could say that my interest was caught. Emma Whisperer was the last child born in Territory L. All babies born after her were killed. Why she was spared that fate, she didn’t know. She knew that President Esther was wrong in not letting the people in Territory L keep their children. So, the night of the party celebrating her 18th birthday, Emma took a stand. That stand ended up landing her in jail. But, it is in prison where she makes her most dangerous decisions and discoveries. Is standing for what she believes in the right thing? What will be the consequences for her actions? What did she discover? Like I mentioned above, the plotline caught my interest. How could it not have been? I was a massive fan of the Mockingjay and Divergent series. I figured that the Extinction of All Children would be the same. In a way it was. But it was also different. Emma wanted to change things, and she didn’t let anyone stop her. She made her case in the Extinction of All Children at the beginning of the book. She kept making it every time she got a chance. I did like Emma. She stood up for what she thought was right. She did try me nuts, though. Even though she was 18, she acted like she was so much younger at points in the book. Her eyes rolled so much in this book; it wasn’t funny. Let’s talk about President Esther. She made my skin crawl. I couldn’t understand how one bitter woman could decide that a class of people didn’t deserve to have their children. I got why she felt that way. Growing up poor will leave scars. But to punish people for what her mother went through. That screamed deeper issues. How deep, though, wasn’t revealed until the end of the book. The Extinction of All Children fit in well with the dystopia genre. The author did a fantastic job of building up a world where a country was divided into classes and walls. This book also fits in well in the Young Adult genre. If the characters had been older, the book wouldn’t have worked. It needed young people. It required that energy that Emma had and projected. The end of the Extinction of All Children left me with more questions than answers.. I wondered why certain people had grudges. I wondered who the head of Territory M was. It was well written, but nothing was ended. The storylines were not completed. Which is fine because that is a lead in to book 2. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
Philomath_in_Phila More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. Extinction Of All Children is the 1st book in a trilogy by L.J. Epps. I have seen it referred to as both the Extinction and the Extinction of All Children trilogy. If I really like a book I hate to wait for more in the series. Fortunately, all 3 books have been published. At first, I am not sure why but the series reminded me of the Shadow Children 7 book series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. (If you have not read the Shadow Children you should definitely check it out.) Both were written well and involved societies in which children were not allowed to be born. That is where the similarities end. In Extinction, the world is divided into 3 classes - the rich, the working class, and the poor - in which they live in separate territories and are not allowed to mix. The poor are forbidden to have any children. This series focuses on Emma, the last child born in Territory L. Any children born after her were taken to be killed. She is the last to turn 18. She knows this is wrong and you will need to read the book to find out what she does about it. Review published on Philomathinphila.com on 4/10/19.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
The premise itself is intriguing; it seems inspired by "Hunger Games" but there are enough unique elements in it to prevent it from being a knock-off of the trilogy. I received a free copy of this book and opted to share my review. My issue is the character development in this installment is pretty weak; the book is long enough for the author to begin fleshing out Emma, but all readers see is a very shallow overview of the protagonist whose journey we are following. I understand that the author was introducing the secondary characters, but the first book is where you reveal enough about the protagonist of the series to make them engaging. The word choice and the clinical, rambling descriptions prevented me from feeling emotionally attached to Emma. What kept me reading was the dystopian world Epps created. I saw the potential for loads of political intrigue and parallels to current events, and I was curious to see where Epps was going with the world-building and the complex society. I am hopeful that Epps will continue to develop Emma as the series progresses, and I am excited to see what life is like in the other territories. If you enjoyed "Hunger Games" for its political intrigue, then it's likely you'll enjoy this book; however, if you enjoyed the trilogy because of its characters and the action, I think you'll be a dismayed by the first installment of this series.
harlichic More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I'd like this book. I didn't like the title. NetGalley offered me this book, so I thought I would trust their judgement since they do such a good job in their recommendations. I LOVED this book. From the very first page, to the very last page, it gripped me. After finishing the book, I'm feeling tugs of similarity from another series, The Hunger Games, but not enough to worry me. I'm extremely excited to be starting book 2...Journey to Territory M.
Brenna Clark More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley for the free copy of this book! It was incredibly hard to put down, as I couldn’t wait to see where Emma would go next. I thought that the plot was so interesting; very Hunger Games adjacent while still being a very separate dystopian universe. I could actually envision an elected leader not only further driving a spike between all classes of people, but also taking the wildest stand on children and deciding that the key to making sure that no child ever suffers is to make sure none are every born. That is such a glaring commentary on our powers that be right now. We are focusing on issues such as immigration and instead of helping the people whose countries are uninhabitable, our president wants us to build a wall. So too is President Esther forgetting all about the struggles of the lower class, or Territory L, to focus on their reproduction. I give this a four star mainly for the writing style, which is a total personal preference, but I found it very impersonal and professional almost. At times it almost felt stilted but at the same time it kind of went along with the world the author was creating. All in all it was a fun read!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Interesting. I liked it for the most part. There were a few dull parts. That's way it got a 4 star and not 5 but over all, pretty good. I will read the next part. Hopefully, it will keep me turning the pages like this one did.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
An interesting plot, definitely unique, and Emma makes an intriguing protagonist, the kind you can root for. However, sometimes the writing rambled on, and the book suffered from a few info-dumps, and repetitive scenes. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Extinction of all Children is a fabulous YA story that is enthralling and engrossing. I got to beta read a version of this story before publication and could hardly put it down. While it is at first reminiscent of The Hunger Games, it quickly separates itself as a unique, original novel. I would strongly recommend this book.