The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A killing virus has swept the earth, sparing only children through the age of twelve. There is chaos everywhere, even in formely prosperous mid-America. Gangs and fierce armies of children begin to form almost immediately. It would be the same for the children on Grand Avenue but for Lisa, a ten-year-old girl who becomes their leader. Because of Lisa, they have food, even toys, in abundance. And now they can protect themselves from the fierce gangs that roam the neighborhoods. But for how long? Then Lisa conceives the idea of a fortress, a city in which the children could live safely and happily always, and she intends to lead them there.
Interesting idea and has some good points but overall just a so-so read. It is written in a very juvenile manner which can be explained somewhat by the fact that the characters are all between the ages of 5 and 12 though even a constant reminder of this fact does not override the difficulty of reading something that is so jumbled.
There seems to be a hidden message that the author is trying to get across but it is really hard to decipher what it is in the jumbled ramblings of the main character.
The idea was good but the execution of the novel was not. Not sure if it was worth the time that it took to read or not.
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