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Science writer Peter Levin sensed a major story behind Claudia Moriss's research into juvenile deliquency. For the American sociologist had uncovered a disturbing pattern of crimes that were unusual even in the rapidly deteriorating society of 1990s Britain. David had made a fortune creating highly addictive designer drugs. Sheila, alone and unarmed, had killed a Marine com Science writer Peter Levin sensed a major story behind Claudia Moriss's research into juvenile deliquency. For the American sociologist had uncovered a disturbing pattern of crimes that were unusual even in the rapidly deteriorating society of 1990s Britain. David had made a fortune creating highly addictive designer drugs. Sheila, alone and unarmed, had killed a Marine commando. Roger, a boarding school student, ran a sex-ring that catered to the most depraved tastes. All of their offenses went unpunished. And all of the criminals were barely fourteen years old. As Claudia's research turned up further cases, Peter realized they were on to much more than just a story. For these children were either the last hope for Mankind's survival...or the beginning of the end of what it meant to be human.


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Science writer Peter Levin sensed a major story behind Claudia Moriss's research into juvenile deliquency. For the American sociologist had uncovered a disturbing pattern of crimes that were unusual even in the rapidly deteriorating society of 1990s Britain. David had made a fortune creating highly addictive designer drugs. Sheila, alone and unarmed, had killed a Marine com Science writer Peter Levin sensed a major story behind Claudia Moriss's research into juvenile deliquency. For the American sociologist had uncovered a disturbing pattern of crimes that were unusual even in the rapidly deteriorating society of 1990s Britain. David had made a fortune creating highly addictive designer drugs. Sheila, alone and unarmed, had killed a Marine commando. Roger, a boarding school student, ran a sex-ring that catered to the most depraved tastes. All of their offenses went unpunished. And all of the criminals were barely fourteen years old. As Claudia's research turned up further cases, Peter realized they were on to much more than just a story. For these children were either the last hope for Mankind's survival...or the beginning of the end of what it meant to be human.

30 review for Children of the Thunder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Invadozer Misothorax Circular-thallus Popewaffensquat

    Children of the Thunder is a science fiction novel by John Brunner. John Brunner has written a really wonderful book 'THE SHEEP LOOK UP' that I should probably re-read. This book came close but not quite to the despondency that Earth is supposed to face in the present/near future. There is developing computers in this book and witch scares about AIDS making this a little dated, but when the whole think is rolled together then it makes for one loud polluted toxic page fart. Kids. They do the darned Children of the Thunder is a science fiction novel by John Brunner. John Brunner has written a really wonderful book 'THE SHEEP LOOK UP' that I should probably re-read. This book came close but not quite to the despondency that Earth is supposed to face in the present/near future. There is developing computers in this book and witch scares about AIDS making this a little dated, but when the whole think is rolled together then it makes for one loud polluted toxic page fart. Kids. They do the darnedest things! This kid, Dave, is a computer whiz who makes designer drugs that often kill people as a byway. Oh well. He is the product of an artificially inseminated mother and seems to have some kind of charm about him. He looks at you and touches you and you think it's a good idea to just drop down and suck him off, forget about the crap he's pulled. What a card!! Bad seeds are all over the place. These kids are up to no good committing theft, vandalism, sex ring rackets and murder. It's ok, good kids right....they get away with it! On top of this book is some news blurbs popping up about a General Thrower who is trying to get England into ship shape with bringing back the h bomb and getting rid of anyone not of white euro stock. He is putting the polluted pox cherry on the top of the toxic world trash heap. One guy is just involved with all this as a science editor, he and his acquaintance are trying to figure out why these kids, there's a few out there, don't fit into the normal pattern of bad kid with bad situations. They excel in the bad situations and no one seems to do anything about it. What's going to happen since no one can get certain foods to take anymore without a virus beating it to extinction. Animals are getting cancer very easily. Chain reactions of the food chain dying out. Everything will be unaffordable? Trash food is cheap. I don't like the way Brunner sometimes glosses over the characters and plot developments in one or two sentence bursts. He just drops facts and tidbits in a sentence without flesh sometimes. This book is no exception for me. I find myself rereading a sentence, 'ok so this kid here just blew this rocket up and it was to see a program on his computer worked. Yep ok, got it, couple sentences, big boom. Although by the end of the book I was going bananas to get to the climax, regardless, there was just enough meat anyway to keep the bones in my mouth and swallowing the final bone splinter gagged me, but in a way that I was definitely grinning gristle happy teeth. Originally posted this review on sfbook.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wilson

    Another hugely compelling dystopian novel by John Brunner who I was introduced to via the very impressive The Sheep Look Up. This story has a similar background of greedy companies and xenophobic governments destroying the world one scandal and environmental disaster at a time, presented in short news clips. However, the central plot is focused on a journalist and a researcher trying to verify stories of children with mysterious powers in an increasingly totalitarian and racist Britain. I found t Another hugely compelling dystopian novel by John Brunner who I was introduced to via the very impressive The Sheep Look Up. This story has a similar background of greedy companies and xenophobic governments destroying the world one scandal and environmental disaster at a time, presented in short news clips. However, the central plot is focused on a journalist and a researcher trying to verify stories of children with mysterious powers in an increasingly totalitarian and racist Britain. I found this as hard to put down as The Sheep Look Up, but the payoff was not as satisfying to me. It's rather open-ended as with The Sheep Look Up, but the paths of the main characters are more prescribed. A sort of twist at the end is highly obvious in retrospect, but also didn't feel particularly interesting to me, or very relevant to the themes the story had been examining. Ultimately I feel like there was a degree of conflict between the personal story Brunner wanted to tell of the main characters and the wider environmental story he wanted to tell about the world, which left both a little underserved. An enjoyable read, but I don't think it'll stick with me in the same way as The Sheep Look Up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Venus Maneater

    I wasn't quite here for the hypersexual children and the raping. I wasn't quite here for the hypersexual children and the raping.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ernest Hogan

    From 1988, kinda post-cyberpunk, Brunner revisits some of his New Wave style, bringing it up to a post-AIDS world that in some ways predicts our current situation, including the popularity of right wing despots, which is scary since the whole concept is about the drug industry coming up with something that could mean the end of the human race . . .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tentatively, Convenience

    review of John Brunner's Children of Thunder by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - December 23, 2013 This might be called Brunner's 'Demon Seed' novel, it centers around exceptionally successfully manipulative children. I'm reminded of the grim picture of children in the background of his Players at the Game of People (1980) (see my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... ) & of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962), wch I've read, & of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) (fi review of John Brunner's Children of Thunder by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - December 23, 2013 This might be called Brunner's 'Demon Seed' novel, it centers around exceptionally successfully manipulative children. I'm reminded of the grim picture of children in the background of his Players at the Game of People (1980) (see my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... ) & of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962), wch I've read, & of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) (filmed as Village of the Damned), wch I probably haven't read but wch I might've experienced in movie form. As is typical of so many of my reviews of Brunner novels, I find it difficult to write about w/o spoiling the plot for interested readers. However, it's 'safe' to quote from the 1st page's promotional excerpt: "Crystal Knight was thirteen, and she didn't mind saying so to her johns. To the police, of course, she indignantly claimed she was sixteen. She knew there wasn't going to be any argument. For some reason she couldn't fathom, she'd grown very good at persuading people to do as she wanted. "Not long after she embarked on her career she'd even talked a drunk, sadistic john out of slashing her with a knife . . . and into turning it on himself. For the rest of her life, she would be able to visualize again that squalid room, that rumpled bed, liter after liter of blood spewing out, so red, so red . . ." This is the 1st post-AIDS Brunner novel I've read, its copyright date is 1988, & AIDS has a substantial presence: "Yet another group of famine-desperate black refugees had penetrated the cordon sanitaire the South Africans maintained along their northern border, and duly been shot down on the grounds they were "biological warfare vectors" . . . There was no doubt who was going to win this particular war of attrition: the Afrikaners, like other wealthy advanced nations, had the AIDS vaccine while their opponents just had AIDS." (p 11) As w/ Brunner's groundbreaking The Sheep Look Up (see my review here: http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/3... ), humans are destroying the planet in short order & the children may be a reaction against this or a major contribution to it. In Brunner's future, email is here but voice-mail isn't, "he remembered he had checked neither his answering machine nor his email" (p 21), "Maybe email would be more interesting. His modem still being up, he entered his net-code and dumped the contents of his mailbox into local memory." (p 22) "The rest was junk mail. Thank goodness they'd been forced to abandon the idea of billing users for incoming messages!" (p 22) "Some day he was going to buy one of those new gadgets that wiped junk automatically unless countermanded." (p 22) There's also Minitel, wch I 1st read of in a bk about French artist ORLAN (see my review here: http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/3... ): Admittedly, it would be a lot more fun to log on to Minitel—he understood French pretty well—and spend a while with AMY or AMANDINE or one of the other erotica service, the like of which had never been permitted in Britain although they thrived across the Channel." (p 23) The dismal presence of the Reagan-era fundamentalism plays a major background role: "At first they related to attempts by fundamentalists to take over major centers of American education, using the vast monetary leverage they had accumulated as the millennium approached and the faithful grew less and less confident that the Rapture would save them seven years before the onset of Armageddon." (pp 58-59) ""The funders moved in with an offer of a million-dollar endowment for a department of 'creation science'"—she made the quote marks audible—"on condition that funding for my sabbatical was withdrawn and my tenure cancelled." / ""Can they do that? I thought once you had tenure—"" (p 105) Can they do that? Ask political conceptual artist Adrian Piper: "For her refusal to return to the United States while listed as a Suspicious Traveler on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Watch List, Wellesley College forcibly terminated her tenured full professorship in philosophy in 2008." ( http://www.adrianpiper.com/biography.... ) The reader is warned against secret police computer censorship: "And even as he pursed his lips, the lines on the screen wiggled into illegibility for a moment, then reformed as garbage. He jumped to his feet, abruptly furious. "The bastards! The bastards! "He recognized the warning. Special Branch (or SIS, or whichever—there wasn't much distinction between the various British police agencies any longer) had been prompt to obey Big Brother at Langley. Here were data the ordinary citizen of the UK was not supposed to access." - p 59 While I certainly found this Brunner to be stimulating & like that it's the longest of his bks that I've read yet (I usually like long as an opportunity for greater detail to develop), it was, alas, entirely too predictable. When I got to "who knew so much about advances in modern science and had suggested that Constanza visit England, where doctors were making amazing new discoveries in the field of infertility. / "The treatment had been like a miracle! Within a month or her return she had come smiling to him to report her pregnancy." (p 92), I wrote a note to myself: "Exactly the explanation I've been waiting for!" In other words, none of the big surprises were a surprise at all. Since I think some of these 'revelations' are pretty obvious from the get-go, I don't feel like I'm 'spoiling' by quoting another crucial part: ""Not one of them is the natural child of his or her ostensible father. They were all conceived by artinsem. Or, as you may have known it before its initials clashed with a well-known disease, AID."" (p 131) HOWEVER, I stop there. There's one other quote that I cd add that clinched the predictability of it all, & it's very tempting to quote it, but that really wd be spoiling it. Brunner has the potentially sympathetic characters ultimately compromised in ways that make them unsympathetic - even the investigative reporter comes down quite a few notches b/c of his neglect of his daughter. An Italian farmer who might be initially admirable is shown to be an intolerant & violent despot. "And lately it had emerged that for some reason to do with fertilizers or other chemicals, or some such kind of modern aids to husbandry which Renato had enthusiastically adopted under Fabio's guidance, the buyer from Genoa whose firm had for half a century purchased olive oil from the Tessolari estate at an advantageous price, had this year offered more to the cooperative, on the grounds that theirs could be exported to the health-conscious USA as "organically" grown. / "This was of course an affront not to be tolerated." (p 95) The construction of the Channel Tunnel, or "Chunnel", wd've just started when this bk was written (even tho it was conceived of as early as 1802) & didn't get finished until 1994, 5 yrs after this was published. Here, "more doubt had been cast on the viability of the Chunnel by a psychiatrist who had carried out tests at the Fréjus runnel under the Alps on a group of long-distance lorry-drivers, normally supposed to be a stolid bunch. A third of them had declined to complete the four successive runs that he had asked of them, because they had developed claustrophobia." (p 103) The success of the manipulation of the children ties in w/ the onset of puberty. In the case of the girls, their menstrual cycle effects it. "Later, to Matthew and Doreen's horror, the police confiscated the contents of the drawer in Tracy's bedside table, calling them stolen goods. Yet, when the case came to court, it was the other girls who were reprimanded and put on probation, and ordered to return everything to the defiant Tracy, still wearing plaster on her many wounds. "That, though, was in the middle of her month. "It was her greatest triumph so far. In between wheedling her parents around to the view that she absolutely must move to a different school—which wasn't hard—she savored the discovery that her "magic" could be made to work on adults, too. "Provided, of course, the time was right." - p 111 Each chapter begins w/ an italicized TV news report text that sets the mood for the chaos & for the rise to political power of a race-baiting & ultra-militarist figure: "Many claim they were beaten up because they weren't wearing the red-white-and-blue ribbons lately adopted by supporters of General Thrower." (p 121) Of course, some of the news is faked & one character calls out another for doing this: ""The first time a hoax like that was pulled, as I recall, was during the Spanish-American War." (p 165) That one was William Randolph Hearst's baby. Much of the dystopia in the novel reflects what were then current events in the US. In 1985, President Reagan visited a cemetery near Bitburg in Germany to honor dead German soldiers as a diplomatic move to indicate that Germany & the US were now allies who had left their enemy past behind. Unfortunately, many of the soldiers thus 'honored' were SS, the elite of the genocidal nazi forces. "Speaking in West Germany at a rally organized by descendants of servicemen who dies in World War II, General Sir Hampton Thrower praised the valiant spirit of the fallen . . ." (p 199) W/o giving away the page number, there's one quote that I can give wch doesn't exactly spoil anything & wch does sum up nicely a philosophical thread: ""We cannot afford the luxury known as a conscience. The enemy we are up against certainly doesn't have one, so we are obliged to be absolutely rational.""

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sas astro

    Recently found this in a charity shop, it's not one of Brunner's best but I kept reading because of his remarkable prescience on the political climate of today. OK he didn't have the same prescience on technology, no smart phones, dial up modems etc. But! The background to this story set in the UK in the 1990's is so relevant to today, crops blighted with pesticides, killing bees, an extreme Right Wing government that only allows "patriotic news" and controls the BBC output. People attacking any Recently found this in a charity shop, it's not one of Brunner's best but I kept reading because of his remarkable prescience on the political climate of today. OK he didn't have the same prescience on technology, no smart phones, dial up modems etc. But! The background to this story set in the UK in the 1990's is so relevant to today, crops blighted with pesticides, killing bees, an extreme Right Wing government that only allows "patriotic news" and controls the BBC output. People attacking anyone of a different colour, race etc. it even mentions Windies (the Windrush generation)> VAT "at a swingeing 20%" Unemployment rife, people not being able to afford anywhere to live, environmental disasters such as oil slicks etc. I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    In many ways typical dystopic Brunner. However, I was surprised (and saddened) at how accurate his description of England actually was, especially given the trends of the last few months as the UK approaches Brexit. Good story, though I must confess I guesses the final plot turn about half way through the book. Still an enjoyable read even if the plot holes were fairly large. Interesting in that I was immediately reminded of Marvel's Jessica Jones first series, though this obviously predates the In many ways typical dystopic Brunner. However, I was surprised (and saddened) at how accurate his description of England actually was, especially given the trends of the last few months as the UK approaches Brexit. Good story, though I must confess I guesses the final plot turn about half way through the book. Still an enjoyable read even if the plot holes were fairly large. Interesting in that I was immediately reminded of Marvel's Jessica Jones first series, though this obviously predates the tv series by decades. I particularly liked the degeneration of society as depicted by the asides as the book developed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Professor

    I always appreciate the divide between English and American mindsets in John Brunner’s books. Thankfully the near future he imagined missed the mark by a long shot. Don’t get caught up in those details or the humour will be lost on you. If you are a fan of A Clockwork Orange then you’ll want to read it— read it for the children.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Magnus

    It's quite slow to build and the formatting often left me confused about the perspective changes. But it's a fascinating look at the world of today written 30 years ago. It's also quite disturbing in places, and because of the repeated perspective switches and a fairly jumble voice, it's sometimes hard to separate the actions and beliefs of the characters from the overall voice of the book. It's quite slow to build and the formatting often left me confused about the perspective changes. But it's a fascinating look at the world of today written 30 years ago. It's also quite disturbing in places, and because of the repeated perspective switches and a fairly jumble voice, it's sometimes hard to separate the actions and beliefs of the characters from the overall voice of the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Data

    This is really very insightful; amazing really, how many things Brunner got right. Another one where it should be required reading, just so people can make thoughtful choices. What I didn't find was characters to like, and a pretty grim world. This is really very insightful; amazing really, how many things Brunner got right. Another one where it should be required reading, just so people can make thoughtful choices. What I didn't find was characters to like, and a pretty grim world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denise (Zara)

    Hard to get into, since it starts with some serious crimes (rape, murder) but an interesting premise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Lewd Underage sex, a thirteen year old prostitute, attempted rape of an underage girl, and suggested incest. This book is utterly degenerate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    TS S. Fulk

    This book was very slow at the beginning, middle and end, but still had ideas that struck an eerie chord with today's societal problems. Creepy ending, but not surprising or engaging enough. This book was very slow at the beginning, middle and end, but still had ideas that struck an eerie chord with today's societal problems. Creepy ending, but not surprising or engaging enough.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Another one that stuck in my head without title attached. I wish it hadn't. Another one that stuck in my head without title attached. I wish it hadn't.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Wasike pulling teeth to finish. What a dreadful book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Lutzenhiser

    Odd Reagan era sci-fi. Well crafted and bits of it not aging well but other bits oddly still resonant.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason R

    A bit predictable at times, but still surprisingly compelling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    There are ways in which the book now feels behind the times, obviously. No smart phones, still using VCRs and modems (modems!), no web cams. That makes a huge difference in the plot. It also slows down character research, which makes up a large part of the book–but Brunner makes it interesting. There were some plot developments this time that seemed a little obvious, but while I admit my memory sucks, I’m pretty sure that’s just because I’ve read it before. It made an impression when I was in hig There are ways in which the book now feels behind the times, obviously. No smart phones, still using VCRs and modems (modems!), no web cams. That makes a huge difference in the plot. It also slows down character research, which makes up a large part of the book–but Brunner makes it interesting. There were some plot developments this time that seemed a little obvious, but while I admit my memory sucks, I’m pretty sure that’s just because I’ve read it before. It made an impression when I was in high school! The characters in this book are quite good. They aren’t always likable. They stumble around trying to figure out what’s going on and often get it wrong. It is the case that the young women in this group of children lose some of their knack for influence during their periods. I thought that was actually a rather brilliant move on evolution’s part–it strongly encourages reproduction by allowing them to retain their abilities for nine months simply by having babies. Meanwhile, the children have to figure out how ‘best’ to manage their abilities, and each one is very different from the others. Some had simply stayed with their families; some ran criminal rackets; and almost all of them were in control of their ‘parents’. Only David is willing to take on the task of hunting down and bringing in his siblings, planning to use them to ‘save’ the world from itself. Another thing I like about these kids is that most if not all of them come across as narcissistic sociopaths–they have to watch the people around them in order to learn proper emotional responses. Just to make things a little crazier for Peter, his own daughter Ellen, who has never met him, is forced on him due to the death of her mother. He has no interest in being a parent, but the two of them grow together and help each other in many ways. On an almost irrelevant note, Peter at some point learns that there’s a crisis because an approved pesticide is now killing all the bees. Brunner had a touch of prescience there. I liked this book almost as much as I did as a child, and would love to see more of this world. Original review on my site: http://www.errantdreams.com/2016/06/n...

  19. 5 out of 5

    JS Fidelino

    This is a really weird novel. My friend Sarah bought it at a secondhand bookstore in Trinoma, probably because the back cover spiel was quite interesting and the cover art was classic old sci-fi book stuff. The novel was published in 1988 and the copy she got was a first print (it probably didn’t get a second methinks). Well, she left the copy with me and out of interest I read it. The novel was set in Britain in the 1990s, when human society was starting to fall apart and the natural resources w This is a really weird novel. My friend Sarah bought it at a secondhand bookstore in Trinoma, probably because the back cover spiel was quite interesting and the cover art was classic old sci-fi book stuff. The novel was published in 1988 and the copy she got was a first print (it probably didn’t get a second methinks). Well, she left the copy with me and out of interest I read it. The novel was set in Britain in the 1990s, when human society was starting to fall apart and the natural resources were running out. The story revolves around science writer Peter Levin and sociologist Claudia Morris’ research on a pattern of juvenile crimes involving hmm, talented, twelve to fourteen year olds. It’s quite long and the prose was a teeny bit too cumbersome for me, but the fault would be on me on that, I think, since I haven’t been reading a lot for quite some time now. The premise was interesting and the story never gets boring. My only problem was that there wasn’t really any high point where I got excited or tensed about what will happen. The story just kind of rolled along with little build up until the denouement, which was just barely surprising and exciting. Overall, I’d still say it was an interesting read, giving me a glimpse of the extremes of pessimism about the future back in the 1980s, when the thinning of the ozone layer and AIDS and some other global problems were just beginning to surface. The usual “I believe the children are our future” theme was there, but the novel’s spin on it was what made it intriguing and sufficiently interesting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    I have long been a fan of Brunner, and have all but worshiped The Shockwave Rider in a manner most geeks reserve for bigger SF names since my teens. I was, therefore, predisposed to like this book. If you, dear reader, are not likewise predisposed, I would urge a moment's caution. Without providing any spoilers, let me note that the central themes of this book deal directly with topics about which a great many people have extremely strong feelings. I seriously doubt whether it could be publis I have long been a fan of Brunner, and have all but worshiped The Shockwave Rider in a manner most geeks reserve for bigger SF names since my teens. I was, therefore, predisposed to like this book. If you, dear reader, are not likewise predisposed, I would urge a moment's caution. Without providing any spoilers, let me note that the central themes of this book deal directly with topics about which a great many people have extremely strong feelings. I seriously doubt whether it could be published in Britain or the U.S. today. If you have ever entertained the thought that any book should be banned for its content, you would almost assuredly count this book as a prime example. On the other hand, if you are open to or in search of a sort of near-future, sci-fi mystery/gumshoe/detective story that reads like a cross between A Clockwork Orange and Lolita , if somewhat less "literary" than either, then you need look no further.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I liked the premise of the book, not the execution. 1990s Britain is on the verge of total collapse due to economic and ecological disasters around the world. A fascist government is on the verge of taking complete control. Researcher Claudia Morris discovers disturbing patterns in children crimes and reporter David Levin senses a potential story. They soon discover that these kids aren't just simple juvenile delinquents but something more. Each of these kids possess a strange power of charm. We I liked the premise of the book, not the execution. 1990s Britain is on the verge of total collapse due to economic and ecological disasters around the world. A fascist government is on the verge of taking complete control. Researcher Claudia Morris discovers disturbing patterns in children crimes and reporter David Levin senses a potential story. They soon discover that these kids aren't just simple juvenile delinquents but something more. Each of these kids possess a strange power of charm. Were these kids manufactured to save mankind or to destroy it? And by whom? Plot had more holes than swiss cheese. Characters were never fleshed out. Writing was very dry. Seems like Brunner ran out of steam two-thirds into writing the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Foxtower

    While ,our current world isn't quite as disfunctional as the 1990's in "Cildren of Thunder", there are a great many disturbing similarities. Into this world I went to find both expected and unexpected plot twists as together with the characters I treid to figure it out... and fell victim to the same misleading clues! While the ending wasn't totally unexpected, there were a few surprise twists and when I closed the last page I had a good chuckle! While ,our current world isn't quite as disfunctional as the 1990's in "Cildren of Thunder", there are a great many disturbing similarities. Into this world I went to find both expected and unexpected plot twists as together with the characters I treid to figure it out... and fell victim to the same misleading clues! While the ending wasn't totally unexpected, there were a few surprise twists and when I closed the last page I had a good chuckle!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo

    This was eerie and a bit scary in terms of what the future could bring. Brunner makes it seem all too plausible. There are one or two scenes that are more than PG-13 in case some parent wants to know.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ram

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Very dated (1980s), irritating invented jargon, and hamfistedly preachy in places. I did read the whole thing though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Despotic Le

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim Poston

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dirk

  30. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Clemann

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