Could’ve Been Worse Wednesday: Suffer the Children

Posted 11 February, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Could’ve Been Worse Wednesday: Suffer the ChildrenSuffer the Children by Craig DiLouie
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 20th 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror
Pages: 352

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

.SO MANY MOUTHS TO FEEDIt begins on an ordinary day: children around the world are dying. All children, everywhere—a global crisis beyond any parent’s worst nightmare. Then, a miracle beyond imagining: three days later, they return. Shattered mothers and fathers see their sons and daughters happy and whole once more, playing and laughing as before—but only when they feed. They hunger for blood…and they can’t get enough upon which to feast. Without it, they die again. How far would you go to keep someone you love alive?

I can’t really complain too much about this novel. It’s never going to win awards or be on the ‘best of’ lists, but the premise is novel enough that I found it to be a decent ‘fluffy’ read. It’s a genre novel through and through – my biggest issue is the characterization of women as mothers and nothing else – but again – it’s genre fiction so I’m trying not to read too much into it.

The writing isn’t fabulous but again, the premise was unique enough to keep me reading. The dialogue was particularly stilted. DiLouie writes from a number of perspectives – he might have been better suited to stick with one character throughout the whole novel and figure out a different way to flesh out the world. The pediatrician David had the most well written sections and seemed to have the most character development. (Though not necessarily the most striking changes.)  

The world building is well done, even if the ‘scientific’ information regarding Herod’s Syndrome is rather scant (why doesn’t it affect adults at all? why did it strike all the children in the world over 36 hours? what activated it?) the stuff that happens after the ‘resurrection’ is actually pretty believable and quite frankly, pretty horrific. I don’t think that is is necessarily a novel for those that are faint of heart – but it’s a pretty decent horror/apocalypse/twist on vampires genre novel. 

You could do worse on a plane if you’re a horror fiction lover. 

Evil children scare the shit out of me, Reader. What about you? 


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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