Andrea White

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I thought this was really well done. I am very interested in Chernobyl and Pripyat and have read a few books based in the area, as well as 'walked' it in the Ukrainian (Russian, perhaps?) version of Google street view. I've read all the tour reports and obviously have read a few nonfiction books on the topic too. I assume it's too do with my obsession with all things post apocalyptic - this is one of the closest accidents we've had in real world terms rather than fiction. I also very much believe in raising awareness of the issues that still exist today for the people who lived nearby and the people that still live there, as well as the existing problems in the area, which is still not safe and will not be for hundreds of years. I try to do my Christmas shopping through Chernobyl charities, and so on!

This book is a good young adult/early teen story. I'd be happy for my ten year old to read it, knowing I'll be able to answer any questions it raises, but it may be more suited for a slightly older child. I enjoyed it an adult, also. It does, as you could imagine, talk about death, and illness, as well as the concept of government cover ups and governments betraying the trust of their people, so not a light read for a youngster. Saying that, there's nothing graphic, violent, or sexual, so it might depend on which issues you are willing to introduce to your youngster!

It reads like a coming of age adventure book about a young girl, Katya, who lives in a small village in the Ukraine, half a mile from Pripyat, and whose father works at Chernobyl Nuclear Power station. Katya likes to explore the woods and imagine fairy folk, but she also likes motorbikes and has a crush on her bike-riding neighbour. One night, after an explosion at the Power plant, her whole life changes.

What I liked most was that this was an exciting fiction story about a young girl growing up, learning who to trust and believe, and how to think for herself, amidst a backdrop of upheaval and change. It works perfectly well just as that. However, what the author has also done, is to set this in a real world setting, surrounded by actual events as they unfolded, with real facts being used in amongst the fiction. It makes the whole tragic story seem real - as it was - and much more immediate than reading one of the many factual reports on the happenings at the time. It makes Pripyat in particular come to life and you can imagine what this now infamous ghost town must have been like before the accident. It doesn't bog you down in facts and figures and doesn't get stodgy or preachy - you discover the facts along with Katya and you feel her horror as she finds out the real details, but there's also a certain level of hope and a feel of life recovering and continuing.

Its a short, quick read at only 254 pages and easy to get into, with enough interesting characters and a likeable narrator in Katya that I think most people should give this a go - they might learn something while they enjoy the story, and I look forward to discussing it, and the topics it raises, with my son fairly soon.
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clairefun | 1 annan recension | Oct 27, 2022 |
No Child's Game is the story of a futuristic society where the television game, Survivor, has taken on a whole new meaning. Contestants are now part of a life and death game recreating famous events in history, such as, Civil War Historical Survivor, Bubonic Plague Historical Survivor, and Alamo Historical Survivor. The script of these events is controlled by the Secretary of Entertainment whose job is to educate the masses through television since only a very few are allowed to go to school if they win a toss of the dice. For the first time in Antarctic Survivor, young people will be the participants. Unknown to the young contestants, cameras have been implanted into their eyes to record the journey of Robert Scott on his ill-fated expedition to discover the South Pole in 1912. This is a great story with lots of action and adventure as well as asking some thought-provoking questions about society. Excellent Book!… (mer)
ftbooklover | 2 andra recensioner | Oct 12, 2021 |
I enjoyed learning about the world created which enticed people to make the move to go small. I think the ideas were plausible and the community created was representative of a small newly governing body. The book felt like it ended abruptly. I wasn't so caught up in the characters that I wanted more though. It was a solid ok read.
cottongirl7 | 8 andra recensioner | Mar 1, 2021 |
I thought this book was great. I didn't like the cover the story was good and I really liked the characters. Although Zert was annoying for most of the story, I understood because he was a teenager and not used to living primitive in the wildlife.

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booklover3258 | 8 andra recensioner | Jan 28, 2021 |



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