None of the characters in All the Little Children are as likeable or believable as The Wolf Road‘s Elka, but they serve their purpose well: to give us someone to root for as the story moves forward, with tragedy after tragedy.
Like the brilliant The Wolf Road, All the Little Children tells the story of ordinary people caught out in extraordinary events; a devastated land shaping the characters more than any backstory or exposition ever could. A family out camping in the woods manages to survive an apocalyptic event that ravages the cities, and All the Little Children follows the family as they try to find refuge in this new world.
It is a good — not great — read, with a story that moves briskly forward, with a couple of unbelievable deus ex machina that grinds everything to a screeching halt. Most notably, the ending — though it’s revealed that the story will be continued in a sequel, the conclusion was very unsatisfying and the last chapter felt like a rushed first draft of a longer book.
All in all, a decent first showing for debuting author Jo Furniss. Here’s hoping for a stronger second part to this story.