Parents' Guide to

The Electric Kingdom

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sensitive teens struggle to survive in twisty sci-fi tale.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Deep, heavy story

This book is a more mature storyline in terms of space/time . I think it would be hard to understand for younger readers. The story unfolds beautifully after establishing what is taking place by the use of flashbacks. There is a decent amount of swearing, mostly f*** and some sh** maybe a couple of dozen times. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys peeling back the layers to get to the heart of what is happening.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There are plenty of post-apocalyptic novels to choose from, but this near-future adventure novel presents a new way of looking at the genre. In The Electric Kingdom, David Arnold presents a band of intrepid teen travelers as they make their ways through a deadly landscape. Nico, Kit, Lennon, and the mysterious Deliverer take multiple turns in the spotlight, revealing how they've been changed by life among the Flies. Even Harry the dog is a captivating character. Revelations near the end of the novel upend expectations, leading to a conclusion that is twisty and heart-tugging. Arnold seems to make the case that stories will be what saves us when things fall apart. Readers looking for easy answers may be befuddled by the plot, but The Electric Kingdom rewards those willing to dig deeply into the text.

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