Children of the Dust, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A powerful post-nuclear holocaust novel described by the author as, 'my cry against the monstrous weapons men have made'. Everyone thought, when the alarm bell rang, that it was just another fire practice.

But the first bombs had fallen on Hamburg and Leningrad, the headmaster said, and a full-scale nuclear attack was imminent . . . It's a real-life nightmare. Sarah and her family have to stay cooped up in the tightly-sealed kitchen for days on end, dreading the inevitable radioactive fall-out and the subsequent slow, torturous death, which seems almost preferable to surviving in a grey, dead world, choked by dust. But then, from out of the dust and the ruins and the desolation, comes new life, a new future, and a whole brave new world...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780099433422

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I have a great soft spot for apocalyptic teenage fiction, so was expecting to love this, surprised that I'd never read it when I was a teenager and devouring Brother in the Land and Z for Zachariah. There was lots in it I liked - the contrast between the survivors outside and the people leaving the bunker and the conflicts this created was a really interesting thought I hadn't seen done before. But as an adult reader it all felt a bit clumsy and laid on with a trowel - Sarah's 'I will die, but I will make sure Catherine lives' was far too resigned and prim and fatalistic for most teenage heroines. Likewise Simon's final acceptance that Laura and the mutants are a beautiful, better future. There's also a big dollop of 'God has a great plan which he is working out despite our idiocies' which probably appeals to some people more than others.

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The nuclear war has begun. Who will survive and what kind of life will they be left with when the dust clears? This book follows one family that is split up as the bombs fall on Great Britain, and what happens when their descendents are reunited.<br/><br/>A great book on preparedness, adaptation, change and acceptance of that change and how we can make the best of a really bad thing.

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