About the book:
Title: Extinction of All Children
Author: L.J. Epps
Genre & Age Group: Dystopia, sci-fi, fantasy, young adult
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.
Source: Thanks so much to L.J. Epps for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
This book wasn’t too bad, but I had much higher expectations of it. It had a very interesting premise, but I just found it to be a bit long (despite it being only 197 pages), dull, and slow at times.
For a synopsis, this book is about 18-year old Emma Whisperer, who is the youngest person in her lower class community, as a law had been passed just after she was born for all new babies to be demolished. It is then announced that for her 18th birthday, Emma has to say a prescripted speech written by the president about how grateful she is for being the last underage citizen, but instead, she rebels against it and decides to stand up for all the poor, banished babies’ rights, which could put her in big danger. It is honestly a tiny bit hard to synopsize this book without getting a bit spoilery, so I’m just going to leave it at that! I hope you still get a good glimpse of the story😊.
Okay, in my honest opinion, the characters were a little plain, and a bit boring to read about. Yes, I found Emma to be very brave for standing up for her rights and fighting for what she thinks is ethical, but besides that, she didn’t have much of a personality, and really, neither did the other characters. I found the character scheme to be pretty disappointing and a bit under par.
There is a little, tiny bit of romance here and there, but it’s not really a big part of the plot, and the story could’ve survived very well without it. I feel like the romance could’ve developed way more than that, but seeing as this is the first book in a series, I’m guessing (and hoping) that it will increase and become stronger in the next book(s). But on the other hand, it would be interesting to read a YA book series with not a TON of romance, so maybe it’s for the better!
Overall, this is a good book about finding where you stand in the world and fighting for what you believe in. There is an amazing lesson embedded in this story that everyone could definitely benefit from. Despite this book’s flaws, I really liked reading about the persistence Emma had for standing up for her rights, and the risks that it led to. I’d probably recommend this to teenage (nobody younger, because they could get freaked out about the demolishing of the babies) dystopia and sci-fi lovers wanting a book with a cool, captivating premise and great morals to go along with it. This book wasn’t exactly the best fit for me, but I’m sure it absolutely would be for others!
Rating: 3/5 Stars
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*