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The Electric Kingdom af David Arnold

The Electric Kingdom (udgave 2021)

af David Arnold (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Electric Kingdom
Forfattere:David Arnold (Forfatter)
Info:Viking Books for Young Readers (2021), 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Electric Kingdom af David Arnold


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Just a few years after a fly flu, the mutated insect has devastated the Earth, leaving little behind. This story is told mainly from Nico and Kit's point of view with a few short chapters from an unknown character named The Deliverer. To be honest, my favorite part of the story was these chapters which are so sad, they were so short and far between.

My favorite part of the book and why I liked the Deliverer’s chapters so much is because it added so much unknown to the story. This did have me engaged because the Deliverer’s chapters were told from the first-person point of view and it was told in a way that you already knew the information. This way you are gaining knowledge about what is happening without knowing why or the background of this character. For me, I really enjoyed how much unknown was weaved into the story. Throughout, you slowly get more and more information that you can piece together. Even though you don’t know the whole story and know that you are missing information it doesn’t make the story less hard to understand. I do appreciate this about the book. I have had some books where because you don’t know what they are talking about you just get lost and miss any piece of information that would start to piece it together. This one wasn’t like that. I was still able to follow the storyline without having all the information. I was also able to piece the information together as it was given.

I also like that a lot of things were described to you, not told right out. This allows you to gather the information and come to a logical conclusion, but to be honest it felt like a middle-grade book instead of a YA. Just the terminology and thinking and actions of the characters made it not very appealing for me to read. The way that they interacted with each other felt forced and not very natural. The relationships seem very spontaneously with no logical reasons behind them. With the romantic relationships, it felt like how 5 years old’s would go up to each other and say your my girlfriend/boyfriend. I kind of got that the only reason they started dating is that there was no one else left to date and because they are teenagers so, why not. I also didn’t think the characters were developed very well. I didn’t have a very good sense of who they were and so I attained no emotional attachment to any of them.

I also think that the story lacked action. Most of the book was just the kids wandering through the woods. Weird because it also lacked description? So, it lacked action and describing details, which is very odd. I did really enjoy the ending and how all the loose ends were tied up and how all those little things you now understood, but to get to that point felt like a long drive. I also think that the Kit perspective could have been left out. I understood why it was added, to add another perspective to the whole situation and to tie the relationships of the characters together but his storyline didn’t add much to the book, other than words.

So overall I think it was a great idea and the ending was perfect in my book, but the main core of the story's plot and the characters needed further working on. ( )
  NatureGraceReader | Apr 6, 2021 |
Whew...wait...what just happened? is how I felt at the end of this book. A dystopian tale set in a New Hampshire after a global pandemic caused by mutated bees has destroyed the world as we know it. Young adult characters are on the road to find out. Main character is Nico, who has been raised with her parents on an isolated farm. She sets out to find "Kairos" in Manchester, after her father shows signs of the virus that has already killed her mother. Symptoms of the virus are a kind of Alheimer's-like memory loss that leads to death. She meets Kit, a 12 year old boy who was raised in an abandoned theater with brother and sister Lakie and Monty. They are headed for the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire. They meet another group of people, with whom they encounter one of the deadly swarms of mutated bees, which they call flies for some reason. There is also a character called the Deliverer, who literally delivers supplies to these isolated people while wearing a bio-hazard suit. The Deliverer lives in a beautiful home that still has electricity from solar panels.

I couldn't give away the ending because I didn't understand it! It was a good story and well written; I just wish I understood the resolution. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Apr 4, 2021 |
This book was so original and so amazing....I'm still trying to process this book. It had parts that were laugh out loud funny, heartbreaking, mind boggling, and heart racing. I've honestly never read a book like this and I know for certain this is a book I will definitely read again.
There are so many layers to this book I don't know where to begin. Nico is the main character. She has grown up in a world devoid of civilization after most of the world has been destroyed by swarms of mutated "flies". Having never seen electricity, or cars, etc...her father sends her on a fantastical journey. On her way she joins up with other characters who are on journeys of their own. The way their lives intertwine in such a short amount of time leads the reader to believe that maybe they had been there before. Read it, seriously, you'll love it! ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 30, 2021 |
Revelation? Reincarnation?, Resurrection? Not sure what to think by the end of this one, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it. Very creative. ( )
  sennebec | Mar 30, 2021 |
Work of genius

It is really had for me to describe the feelings drowning me after finishing this magnificent book. The plot was so original and even though we are currently living in a pandemic and it is quite scary, I am so glad that we’re not in the same situation as the characters are. 
 I have to admit that at first it was really confusing for me to understand what was happening, everything seemed bizarre and random, but as the book unravels the bits of information that once seemed senseless click on your mind creating plot twist and a thousand theories. I loved that the book kept me guessing what was going to happen next and every time something I was definitely not expecting, makes its way through the book and fits perfectly.
The characters feel so real, almost 3D. I could feel sorrow, happiness, worry, personal growth, doubts, love, empathy, all the emotional spectrum was perfectly condensed in simple carefully written lines. The fact that the reader can relate to the characters and understand their motivations is so immersive that before you know it you’ll be half way through the book.
The events in the book are hard to understand, and since I don’t want to give spoilers I’m just gonna say that they are peculiar. The ending was not predictable, although I still have a lot of questions (lets hope the author gives a sequel).
Twist and turns haven so much that you wont even know you just read one (Im serious, it happened). There are so many details that may seem insignificant but when they connect to another piece of information, your mind will be blown.
In summary, amazing cast of characters, creepy apocalyptic world, plot twists everywhere, simply a masterpiece. Recommended to Young adults and adults, because why not? Everyone should read about a pandemic during COVID times. ( )
  book_velvet | Mar 2, 2021 |
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