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The Electric Kingdom

The Electric Kingdom

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After a deadly Fly Flu spreads throughout the world, survivors Nico, her dog, young artist Kit, and the mysterious Deliverer roam the earth, seeking to evade the Flies and find a place where life and love can thrive again
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2021
ISBN: 9780593202227
Characteristics: 421 pages : color illustration ; 22 cm


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DCLteens Mar 15, 2021

A Must-Read YA staff pick 2021. "With luminous compassion and ceaseless invention, Arnold has built a post-apocalyptic nesting doll of a tale, full of tricky resonances and moments of grace. All the pieces of this fascinating, ambitious book work together like the chambers of some great heart. I can't wait for teen readers to discover it and suspect it was written just for them." – Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of "The Hazel Wood"

Mar 11, 2021

I really enjoyed reading The Electric Kingdom. For the whole book I struggled to stop reading because each page shows more of the world. The characters are memorable and never feel like cardboard cutouts. I was never at a loss trying to understand the motives of any character because every side character has a story behind them. The Electric Kingdom takes place in a world masterfully designed. The atmosphere is comprehensive and ever present it is always looming around every corner, present in every action taken and every item. Every piece of the story fits perfectly into the puzzle that is The Electric Kingdom. 5/5 stars
@TristanXavier of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 09, 2021

I rarely check out sci-fi books (especially in a pandemic ourselves!), but this was recommended from a friend and I really enjoyed it. The style of writing was capturing and even though the writing style was complicated, full and action packed, the clear message was simple, art, love and finding beauty. I will look for other books from the author in the future.

AlishaH_KCMO Jan 25, 2021

The Electric Kingdom is a novel that takes another look at the beauty of humans in a post-apocalyptic world. Eighteen years after a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, killing most of the population, Nico and her dog, Harry, get sent on a voyage by Nico’s father to find a mythical portal. Along the way, she meets other children, including a young artist named Kit. There’s also the Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. This story is an exploration of art, love, life, and finding beauty.

Every character that David Arnold writes in this book is so full of love, warmth, and heartbreak. I fell in love with Kit and his outlook on life. It was beautiful. The relationship he had with his mother Dakota, and why he calls her “My Dakota” made me tear up.

I’m not sure I completely understand the whole dynamics of the world that is in this book, but I still very much enjoyed it! There are so many layers and plot twists and double backs, you don’t realize how intense it is until you’re half way through it. By then, Arnold has you hooked and you’ve got to find out what happens and how it’s all connected!

I haven’t read anything from Arnold before but I enjoyed this one and will be seeking out others from him.

Jan 20, 2021

The Electric Kingdom tells the story of a world in the near future ravaged by a pandemic that makes coronavirus look like a walk in the park. This pandemic is apocalyptic. Carnivorous flies, carrying a deadly Fly Flu, have devastated the world, leaving behind few survivors. The story is about a group of young survivors in New England whose parents have succumbed to the the flies or fly flu. Nico and her dog have lived in a remote farmhouse and are now on a quest assigned by her father to find a enigmatic portal in Manchester. Kit is a twelve year-old artist who has been raised in an abandoned cinema with his friends Lakie and Monty, who are trying to reach an island refuge. Loretta and Lennon were raised in the forest by two women they met in a campground, after their parents were taken by the flies. Then there is the mysterious Deliverer, who lives over and over again trying to save, or at least help, the world. These young survivors cross paths in the woods and small towns, attempting to evade the deadly swarms of flies, in their quest for safety, love and answers. The Electric Kingdom is beautifully written, mesmerizing, dark, sad, thought-provoking and strangely hopeful. The characters are wonderful and this book will haunt you.


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