Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

The title of this book is exactly what you find inside. Aberdeen and the rest of Britain, has been taken over by giant robot chickens, who capture human beings and make them work on farms outside the towns.

Gangs of children roam wild, but this is not Lord of the Flies. It doesn’t try to be insightful literature, more entertaining. The hero, Jesse, is just trying to survive and flits between gangs with The Ambassador, a girl who owes no-one any allegiance and who believes she has found a means of destroying the source of the chickens’ power.

The book might be clever, as in,  you might take some satisfaction from having chickens free from their battery home existence and ruling the roost (oops sorry) by turning the tables on their erstwhile masters. But with Jesse’s puns no better than mine, it teeters on the brink of being plain silly. I’d be interested to see how many young readers find it slipping the right side.

Yes, all the children are hurting because they have lost a brother or sister or friend, but grief isn’t dealt with here and it’s pretty much plot driven. There are indeed some clever twists to resolve the situation but we never really find out why or how it came about in the first place.

Don’t let me put you off. It’s a good read if you can bear the puns and is available from Amazon for kindle and in paperback

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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