Book Review “Sudden Independents” by Ted Hill

Sudden Independents by Ted Hill

An interesting post-apocalyptic story of children and teens trying to survive after all the adults 18 and over die of a mysterious plague. The teens approaching 18 try to lead the younger ones while the specter of death hangs over their heads. The story was engaging and the characters were interesting enough, if a bit clichéd.

This is a good read for the younger set. Older readers might become bored with the sometimes clichéd teenage characters. The star of the show is ‘six or seven’ year old Catherine and I honestly thought I might scream if she called someone “silly” one more time.

Also, as an English teacher and copy editor, I can’t help but get bogged down by grammar issues (‘were’ instead of ‘we’re’; missing punctuation; etc.) There were not many, but there were enough to interfere with my reading pleasure.

Overall, I liked the story though and will read the next one by this author.

Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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