Book Review: All Good Children ISBN 9781459813878

Book Review: All Good Children ISBN 9781459813878

All Good Children
By Catherine Austen
ISBN: 9781459813878
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Review by Nathalie Peron

In the not-so-distant future is New Middletown, a walled city populated by the families of the employees of a single corporation, where all that goes in, be it people or information, is strictly controlled.

Even the residents’ breeding is contained, filtered and restrained. They breed the best of the best, or as close to the best as one can get. Max, a product of this system, is very bright – maybe too bright for his own good – and starts noticing the children around him changing, their behaviour dramatically altering from what it ought to be.

Max refuses to submit to the medically induced obedience. He convinces his friend Dallas that something is terribly wrong, and then sets out to find a way to escape, clinging to his imagination, the only thing he has left, before his world crumbles and his family is transformed forever.

The setting is very believable, making this story truly disturbing.

Gatineau-based author Catherine Austen’s novel may be written for teens, but an adult audience will also identify with the characters as well as the subject matter.

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About Author

Nathalie Peron

Naturalized Quebec City citizen, Nathalie has studied in literature and as a paralegal, the latter stemming a career she has strived in for the past 10 years, notably in workers’ compensation cases. Artistically inclined, she has acted in amateur theatre for 25 years and has lately added singing to her amateur CV. She now stretches her professional wings to writing, both corporate and creative texts, hoping to meld both her artistic and legal personalities.

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