In the Hands of Children by H. S. Stone : Review!

TITLE: In the Hands of Children
AUTHOR: H. S. Stone
RATING: 4 Stars
PAGES: eBook
PUBLISHER: Self- Published
SOURCE: Author *In exchange for an honest review

The H5N1 virus was the deadliest disease in the history of mankind. Not only did it spread rapidly, reaching every corner of the globe, but it also resulted in an inconceivable 100% mortality rate among adults. Within a month, almost every human being became a victim of the virus.

All that remains of humanity is a handful of "immune" children. Except that they aren't truly immune. The virus lurks in their bodies, ready to strike when they reach maturity.

Kyle, Hannah, and Amy are three immune kids who find themselves thrust into a lonely world after losing the people they have known and loved. No longer able to rely on the company, wisdom, and experience of adults, they must survive in the harsh post-pandemic world with only a handful of other immune children. But the trio soon learn that dying from H5N1 isn't the only thing they have to worry about.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

We live in a world where an epidemic, or even the slightest mention of one, scares everyone. In the Hands of Children we’re introduced to the survivors of an epidemic, a break out of the H5N1 flu. H. S. Stone places us in a world where all the adults haven’t survived and instead, a group of children, verging on teenage years, are the only survivors. What would happen if children were left alone, to navigate a world without the guidance of an adult?

As if your teenaged years and the whole gruesome (okay, maybe not gruesome, but terrible nonetheless) puberty stage isn’t bad enough, imagine that you know that you will become infected with such a flu shorty after. This story has an incredible adventure to it, one filled with drama, passion, horror, and even a bit of romance. The trio the book circles around the most really draws you to them, and H. S. Stone proves to be a masterful storyteller with great verbose and powerful imagery.

Going into this book, I was uncertain what to really expect until the ball got going. These children are fending for themselves, desperate for the idea of safety, anything provide them with hope. In a post-apocalyptic world Kyle, Hannah and Amy are forced to come to terms with the human nature and the good and bad side to it. Your heart will be in your throat as you embark on their journey of survival in a world much different from the one we know, H. S. Stone gives us an amazing gift in the form of In the Hands of Children, one that readers will be entirely grateful for!

About the Author:
Even before he could read, H.S. Stone wanted to write a book. Fascinated by the stories that seemed to leap from his kindergarten teacher's books, he went home and wrote his own book, with illustrations and bound by staples. Of course, since he didn't know how to read or write yet, the book was full of gibberish.

Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC's and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Despite getting a degree and working in a field not related to writing, he continued to pursue his writing passion.

"Numbers Plus Four", a collection of five short stories, was H.S. Stone's first publication. He followed that with his first novel, "George and the Galactic Games", and two additional books.

H.S. Stone lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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