Suffer the Children - Craig DiLouie | Book Review

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Pages: 352 ebook
Publication date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
How I got the copy: Netgalley 
Rating:  4 out of 5


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?


I received a copy of this book for my honest review from NetGalley.

Suffer the Children is an apocalyptic story about children all around the world dropping dead in a matter of minutes. It follows four different characters in their own perspective, where you get to know each character and develop a connection with their struggle and grief about losing their children. Losing their children affects the way these parents go about their lives and how they see living life without them.

When I picked up this book, I didn't read the summary and I'm glad I didn't. I think not knowing what the children were going to become made the story more suspenseful in my opinion. And honestly, if I knew this was about zombie children, I don't think I would have picked this up. However, I did end up enjoying this book. I believe that not knowing the children would resurrect was a good surprise and brought up questions about how and why the children were resurrecting. Instead of expecting it because it was told to me in the summary.

Throughout the book the use of medical terms was consistent and to me gave the book more reality to what was happening in the story. The book explained why more than a pint of blood could be bad for the human body and how many days after giving blood could you give again. However, DiLouie used medical terms throughout the book for validation since the beginning of the book. For how the parent was becoming and the side effects of blood loss and what could happen if giving too much blood and so forth. 

I did have problems when the children started to rot but then resurrected there was no explanation to if they were living while still rotten or they just de-rotted some how?? It did explain when they died they'd decomposed but when they were awake there was nothing explaining if they just stopped decomposing or what. It would have been nice to have that explained to have a clearer picture of what these vampires looked like other than the explanation that they were dead. So, I didn't know if I should picture the children while they were alive as normal living humans or half decomposed humans. 

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I recommend this book to people who like fiction apocalypse/post-apocalypse books or to people who enjoy YA apocalypse/post-apocalypse books and want to branch out and discover some fiction books.

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