Children of the Different by S. C. Flynn

On September 10th of last month, S. C. Flynn’s novel Children of the Different was released on Kindle, the paperback is now also available. I was given an advance reader’s copy of the novel in exchange for sharing my opinions with you.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon.com: Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.

In the great forest of South West Western Australia, thirteen-year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah go through the Changeland. They encounter an enemy known as the Anteater who feeds on human life. He exists both in the Changeland and in the outside world, and he wants the twins dead.

After their Changings, the twins have powers that let them fight their enemy and face their destiny on a long journey to an abandoned American military base on the north-west coast of Australia…if they can reach it before time runs out.

Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set among the varied landscapes and wildlife of Western Australia.

After blazing through the novel in just a couple sittings I have to strongly recommend you check it out for yourself. I’m rather picky in the types of speculative fiction I read these days and in all honesty Children of the Different’s premise didn’t strike a chord with my usual choice in a science fiction novel. I tend to steer away from anything that involves world-wide disease/post-apocalyptic in the genre because genre cliches bother me from being able to get through them. However, Children of the Different was a breath of fresh air.

One of the things I liked most about this book was author S. C. Flynn takes his idea and really runs with it. The storytelling is very action based without getting bogged down in long treks of worldbuilding exposition or overwhelming the reader with psycho-analyzing the character’s emotions. Flynn lays the groundwork quickly and effectively spins a solid story that kept ahold of me to the end.

The good pacing and storytelling is coupled with very good writing. S. C. Flynn is an independently published author with a clear voice that exemplifies that good fiction can come out of self-publication. His writing is tight, clean, well-edited, and drove the story forward. I was very pleased with the way he told his tale and I look forward to reading and hearing more from S. C. Flynn in the future. Be sure to not to miss Flynn’s Children of the Different.

-ESF
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