Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious?
As always, it’s hard to talk about my favourite part of The Uninvited without spoiling it. What I will say, though, is that in amongst the child violence and general apocalyptic trauma, there are some interesting human rights/humanitarian questions about how to deal with toddlers that are trying to kill adults on mass. Written out that way, I realise that it looks as though there’s going to be some clumsy and/or boring hypothesising by one or more of the characters but it’s actually quite well done. You have plenty of time to get used to the way Hesketh and Professor Whybray think and communicate so it doesn’t seem jarring when they start spouting biological or sociological theories about what is happening or how to deal with the fact that children have become more likely to turn on you with a nail gun or push you down the stairs than they are to do anything else.
The ending was pretty much perfect and fitted so well with the rest of the story. When I was reading the final few pages, it actually occurred to me how nice it was to be reading stand-alone books for a while. Nice not to ‘turn’ the last page on my eReader and be filled with more questions than I had to start with. Well, actually, I did mull over this one for a little while after finishing, although instead of trying to plot out the next instalment, I was just pondering the final chapters.
Date finished: 02 February 2013
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley – thank you Bloomsbury!
Genre: Dystopian; Science fiction
Pictured Edition Published: by Bloomsbury in July 2012