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Title:
One of us
ISBN:
9780316411318

9780316411332
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
390 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"They call him Dog. Enoch is a teenage boy growing up in a rundown orphanage in Georgia during the 1980s. Abandoned from the moment they were born, Enoch and his friends are different. People in the nearby town whisper that the children from the orphanage are monsters. The orphanage is not a happy home. Brutal teachers, farm labor, and communal living in a crumbling plantation house are Enoch's standard day to day. But he dreams of growing up to live among the normals as a respected man. He believes in a world less cruel, one where he can be loved. One night, Enoch and his friends share a campfire with a group of normal kids. As mutual fears subside, friendships form, and living together doesn't seem so out of reach. But then a body is found, and it may be the spark that ignites revolution"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Known as "the plague generation" a group of teenagers begin to discover their hidden powers in this shocking post-apocalyptic coming of age story set in 1984.
"This is not a kind book, or a gentle book, or a book that pulls its punches. But it's a powerful book, and it will change you." - Seanan McGuire
They've called him a monster from the day he was born.
Abandoned by his family, Enoch Bryant now lives in a rundown orphanage with other teenagers just like him. He loves his friends, even if the teachers are terrified of them. They're members of the rising plague generation. Each bearing their own extreme genetic mutation.
The people in the nearby town hate Enoch, but he doesn't know why. He's never harmed anyone. Works hard and doesn't make trouble. He believes one day he'll be a respected man.
But hatred dies hard. The tension between Enoch's world and those of the "normal" townspeople is ready to burst. And when a body is found, it may be the spark that ignites a horrifying revolution.


Author Notes

Craig DiLouie is an acclaimed American-Canadian author of literary dark fantasy and other fiction. Formerly a magazine editor and advertising executive, he also works as a journalist and educator covering the North American lighting industry. Craig is a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association. He currently lives in Calgary, Canada with his two wonderful children.


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

One-dimensional characters and offensive clichés mar DiLouie's (Suffer the Children) disappointing chronicle of rising unrest between "normal" people and a group of disabled children set in Huntsville, Ga., in 1984. In 1968, an incurable sexually transmitted disease caused physical malformations in numerous babies. Some cases were fatal, and the survivors became known as "the plague generation." Fourteen years later, those children live in the Home; they have been rejected by their parents, mistreated by their caregivers, and shunned by society. Some of the children begin manifesting powers, such as mind control, that could help them take down the "normals" and gain their freedom. After Enoch, a gentle boy, is killed for a crime he didn't commit, Brain, a caricature of an autistic savant, decides that war is imminent and gathers the children to fight. Inevitably, the government seeks to use the children and their burgeoning powers for its own nefarious purposes. The well-trod tropes of oppression and uprising don't take on any new life here, and the linkage of disability, superability, and inhumanity is tiresome and cruel, especially when children are the focus. Any readers who make it through the considerable scenes of carnage likely won't be satisfied by the pat conclusion. Agent: David Fugate, LaunchBooks Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Georgia in 1984 seems like an arguably reasonable setting for a book about prejudice, but the marginalized people in this book are something different: children afflicted with a genetic mutation that gives them physical deformities and spectacular powers. Segregated into homes and forced to pick cotton during their spare time, the creepers eventually tire of their oppression and begin to revolt. DiLouie (The Infection, 2011) is pretty clearly weaving an allegory in this novel, which isn't exactly a new enterprise X-Men is essentially the same story in comic form. The Georgia setting and country-fried twang of the dialogue might provide some additional appeal, and the simple language and fast pace of the book might draw YA readers. However, the tone shifts toward the climax, as scenes of violence and revolution push this much deeper into darker territory, and the narrative starts to feel a little choppy. Large libraries with good circulation for YA genre fiction might be the best audience for this book.--Lefteroff, Craig Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In 1968, a sexually transmitted plague caused severe genetic mutations in newborn babies. Affected children, labeled mutants and monsters, were sequestered in government-run group homes across the country, out of sight but rarely out of mind for those living nearby. In Huntsville, GA, the local pastor preaches that the children are demons heralding the end times, the local farmers take advantage of the cheap forced labor the home provides, and a few local teens try to bridge the gap between the two worlds. When the mutants begin to manifest special powers, the government ships them off to a secret laboratory for experimentation. Some hide their powers and instead begin to plot a revolution. As tension reaches the breaking point, a well-liked mutant is killed for a crime he didn't commit, and his fellow inmates begin their fight for freedom. VERDICT Dilouie (Suffer the Children) delivers a fresh take on the well-worn story of oppression and rebellion. Unfortunately, one-dimensional characters and clichéd dialog clog the story, leaving little room for building empathy. Still, the author's fans will want this.-Portia Kapraun, Delphi P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.