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Exile from Eden

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teens tour the apocalypse in zany, touching sci-fi satire.

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Lots of readers want to imagine what happens after the end of the world, and this antic science fiction novel paints a satirical picture of a collapsed culture ready to welcome the return of humanity. A sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, Exile from Eden stands sturdily on its own. Author Andrew Smith does everything he can to make readers root for Arek, Mel, Olive, and Breakfast as they encounter -- and misinterpret -- the world others left behind. Some may find the humor sophomoric and repetitive, but there's a sense of genuine purpose behind it, to affirm humanity's resilience in the face of disaster. Exile from Eden won't suit every taste, but fans of rule-breakers like Kurt Vonnegut may be won over by its ragtag charm.

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