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Gripping, page-turner of a book
on 10 July 2012
When I was younger I was obsessed by a fear about nuclear war and how we would survive if it happened. The Chernobyl disaster had happened and I remember everyone in the playground screaming at the sight of rainclouds in the sky - because we were all under the vague notion that a mushroom cloud of poisonous gas would kill everyone.
But we were lucky, we lived in Ireland many thousands of miles away. To this day, I know of families in Ireland who take in children and adults who's lives and health and community were destroyed by that atrocity.
I just wanted you to get a glimpse into why I wanted to read books about nuclear holocaust. I guess it is because fear of the unknown is awful and I needed to research as much as I could. And of all the books I read, Children of the Dust was one of the most imaginitive and well written.
In the book (which is broken into 3 parts) the author portrays the fear that is felt before the nuclear strike, how people attempt to protect themselves from the fallout afterward, and the mundaneness that sets in once safe (for now), closeted in one room with the whole family, waiting to find out 'what's next? what happen's now? when will we be able to come out?'. So scary. While the family ekes survival in the home, the husband, who is a scientist, ends up sealed in with the brains of society under a mountain. He has to deal with the angst of wondering how his family are with no way of contacting them, while at the same time coming up with strategies to overcome problems that were not foreseen when the massive nuclear bomb shelter was constructed like: ratio of females to males in continuing the species!
The last part of the story is about a girl who was born and raised in the shelter. And of course, she is curious about what lies outside...
Such a great book, I read it as a ten year old but now my fourteen year old is reading it. I would read it now as an adult, but I'm too scared!