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Monday, June 9, 2014

{Book Review} Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Suffer the Children
by Craig DiLouie
Publisher: Permuted Press
Release: May 20th 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror
How I got it: NetGalley

From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

Review: Extremely creepy! This book really makes you wonder how deep is a mother's devotion to her children and what would you do to bring your child back.
Mr DiLouie creates a world based on every parents worst fear, Herod's Syndrome is an illness that strikes only children. It's a quick and immediate killer or is it. This kids return from the dead but are shells of their former selves until the parents discover a "medicine" that returns them to themselves. This medicine is blood, but it only works for a short time until the kids need more. The average human body only holds ten pints of blood and it takes a while to make more. This means that parents have to make very hard decisions, from time management to where to get medicine. Blood becomes a hot commodity and parents are willing to murder in order to save their kids.
The book shows the disintegration of the world from several points of view. A stay at home mom, dedicated father, a working mom, and a doctor. It's interesting to see these different view points and what length they are willing to go to in order to save the children. I felt for the moms yet was able to empathize more with the stay at home mom than any of the other characters. I liked that she understood what was happening and wanted to do what was really best for her kids. I found the ending to be unsettling, but an interesting twist. All in all a very disturbing twist on the vampire genre.

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