A novel for high school students that is clearly meant to shock. And it does.
Professot Meinhoff is an American Biologist who invents a virus that is meant to cure diseases that are ethnically selective. He understands that such viruses could also be used for evil as they are capable of being used to wipe races out without touching others. Mankind is littered with evil men who have tried to do this.
Meinhoff creates a virus that works on the melanin in skin pigmentation which if put in the water supply of American cities could wipe out black Afro Americans without touching the white population. Fortunately Meinhoff is a genius and can hold all the formulae and gene structures in his head without putting them to paper or keeping computer files.
A white supremacist gang capture Meinhoff while he is lecturing in New Zealand but things go wrong and a group of intellectually gifted year 13 high school students are kidnapped at the same time along with their vivacious teacher Bernie. The gang is hell bent on getting Meinhoff’s secrets out of him by fair means or foul and there are going to be casualties.
Each student has their own quirks and problems but none more so than Joe who speaks very little, has spacey moments and hasn’t been right since an accident when he was 10 years old. He narrates the novel and it is his story that is the second part of the shock syndrome of this novel along with the Stockhlom Syndrome effects on the teacher Bernie.
I will let you the reader decide how effective this novel is. Sexual abuse is not an easy topic to discuss in a YA novel.
Kevin Brooks is one of the best writers of Realism for Young Adults in the world of children’s literature. Killing God lives up to the awesome standard that he has set with his previous books Candy, Being, Martyn Pig and Road of the Dead.
This story is about Dawn who is in a dreadful state psychologically. She is 15 years old but has an inner secret self who is 2 years younger due to a dreadful event that happened to her at that age. The book is about getting that out into the open, and Brooks is a master at doing this.
Dawn lives with her mother who is a sad case. She lies around all day getting drunk and watching television. Dawn is a loner. But the two have a secret that keeps them going, that is related to the disappearance of the father and husband two years earlier.
When two worldly and brazen girls, Mel and Taylor, come into Dawn’s life, all that has been hidden comes to the surface in a dramatic way.
This is a riveting tale that maintains suspense throughout and also gives vent to the existence or not of God and the relevance of God in the life of someone who feels they have been forsaken.
The music and lyrics of the band Jesus and Mary Chain are spread throughout the text in a meaningful way.
If you like realism at it’s starkest and most thought provoking, then this is the book for you. Definitely Young Adult or Senior Secondary.