One of Us

One of Us

by Craig DiLouie


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ISBN-13: 9780316411318
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 260,618
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Craig DiLouie is an acclaimed American-Canadian author of literary dark fantasy and other fiction. Formerly a magazine editor and advertising executive, he also works as a journalist and educator covering the North American lighting industry. Craig is a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association. He currently lives in Calgary, Canada with his two wonderful children.

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One of Us 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is a truly hard-hitting read so hard-hitting that at times it makes for rather uncomfortable reading. I also found it a really emotional experience and I must admit I cried at certain points as it was easy to draw parallels with real life. The world building was excellent and the characters were engaging. DeLouie is certainly not afraid to explore deep and divisive topics and this book in particular deals with disabilities and prejudice. This is my first title from this author but I am going to check out the rest of his novels. It's 1968 and a genetic plague has struck leading to a whole generation of babies that are born with extreme genetic mutations. Fast forward to the 1980's and there are rules set in place meaning that these children are taken away from their biological parents at birth and raised in group homes with other "special" kids. They are told that this is their home but there is a sinister reason behind them being rounded up. They are given limited education with a particular focus on skills that will make them useful labourers. "Normal" children are told not to engage with them but a chance meeting between the two groups of children seems to be heading towards breaking down the barriers. That is until a dead body is discovered and the home kids are blamed for it. This builds the barriers back up higher than ever. "One of Us" is a powerful and meaningful book that I will remember for a long time to come. This is a radical and important story that has had a huge impact on me. As a person who is classed as having a disability this resonated with me even more than it may do with others. I have first-hand experience of the prejudice that is shown to those who are classified as not being "normal" and that are limited by their illness or disability. This book highlights the often daily torture that disabled people have to endure for something that is no fault of their own. If you are looking for a book that explores topics that are relevant it today's society then this is a perfect fit. It will appeal to those who enjoy reading intelligent stories that have meaning that can be transferred to everyday life. I felt connected to the characters and they were both relatable and believable. Be warned - if you're thinking of picking this up prepare for a very emotional and heartbreaking rollercoaster ride. Kudos to the author for creating a story that centres around those with disabilities. We need so many more books that are inclusive but this is a great start. Publishing Date - 19th July Many thanks to Orbit for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.