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Rebirth by Debbie Brown

Rebirth (edition 2012)

by Debbie Brown

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Info:GMTA Publishing (2012), Paperback, 180 pages
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When aliens descend on the planet, a group of 3 teenagers and 3 young children flee the city for a nearby hot springs park. They are able to raid a store before leaving, and obtain a miraculous amount of seemingly never ending goods. Although the book had a good premise, the entire story was so unrealistic (and I’m not talking about the aliens). I don't think any group of 16 year old kids would act like this. I also don't think it was realistic for them to have unlimited food, diapers, supplies, etc... The author used the aliens to get the kids out of life or death situations, which seemed to defeat the entire survivalist theme. Overall, a bust. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jun 25, 2015 |
I've read a lot of books with aliens in it, and this one was one of the better ones I've read. A group of children are fashioning a group together to form a team that can stick together and get through the end of the world, as it crumbles around them.

The children part, forming a group, made me think of the Boxcar Children series, which of course as a child, I've read every one. The only difference is that this group of children didn't even attempt to find someone who could help them, the immediately started looking for things to help them survive.

Each person in the group has something different to offer towards the survival of their group. One of the members is even well educated in home remedies, taught to him by his father who was a doctor. He seems to know everything, almost too much for the age of the members in the group. He seems like a know it all and it seems convenient for the author to have him be so smart, but it took away from the drama and issues that could have happened without him knowing and preventing issues.

The seemed to almost have too much knowledge, and some of the things that they knew weren't explained by the author, which seemed impossible on the kids part, and a little unprofessional on the writing from the author.

The book was fast paced enough to keep my attention, and finish the book in a timely manner. I did have a problem with the facts and information that kept changing as the book went on. Everything was inconsistent and it seemed like the author forgot what she had written beforehand and was just kind of writing to write with no intention of keeping things running smoothly based off of what was written previously.

I was really disappointed with the ending as it was unoriginal and kind of young for the type of book I imagined this being written for. Overall I did enjoy a good portion of the book, not all of it, but enough to rate this at a 3/5. ( )
  lizasarusrex | Sep 10, 2014 |
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fast-paced story that was hard to put down, finished it in one sitting. The author pulls you in from the first page and leaves you wanting more at the last page (in a good way). The only thing that I wanted was more development of characters. I enjoyed the characters but didn't really feel the connection that I like to feel when I read a book. Hope the author has a sequel to this one. ( )
1 vote sportzmomof5 | Mar 27, 2014 |
I received this book through Librarything, free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Which is tough, because I really don't like writing bad reviews. However, I also don't like to sugar coat things and this book was not good. I wonder if the publisher actually read this book or if an editor even went over it. There are just so many inconsistencies and holes in the story and the ending is juvenile and unimaginative. The story starts off with the main character, Aleksei,(who can do anything and knows everything), saved from a collapsed building by 15 year old Mitch and his little brother, Jamie. These three decide to group together and get out of the city, stopping to get survival supplies from a Walmart on the way. There is really no attempt to find adults, or parents/caregivers. The little brother doesn't cry for mommy and I don't know why they would decide right away that they need survival supplies. Wouldn't anyone else try to go home?, find someone in charge? not these kids. Next they pick up Krisztina, in a Jeep that they just took from a dealership. Next, at a semi-collapsed Walmart, they rescue six year old Ally and her baby brother JJ. So then I wonder why would these kids just go off with some strange teens instead of looking for whoever they were at the Walmart with? Clearly this little girl was not taught about "stranger danger". But anyway, the teens just go with it and get some diapers, food and tents and head for the woods. At this point, I am annoyed. What was the author thinking? How come none of these kids are crying, wanting Mommy, or freaking out? AND why would they just head for the woods and decide to get all Swiss Family Robinson-like and make a home out in nature. At one point, they even raid a gift shop that is close by, but still make a home in a cave. UGH. They also notice that the aliens are dumping orange powder all over the city which dissolves the buildings. Somehow, the kids just KNOW this is how the aliens are using our planet for fuel. Well, they plant gardens, make a compost toilet and generally thrive without adults in their woodland paradise. Then one day, just as they are deciding that they are going to try to escape the invisible barrier that surrounds them, the aliens start talking to them. I don't want to ruin the absolutely ridiculous ending for you if you decide to read this book anyway, so I wont pick that apart. And good for you if you do read it, not every book is going to please everybody, and perhaps you will enjoy this one. ( )
  Steelyshan | Feb 22, 2014 |
[Rebirth] by[Debbie Brown] began with a quick pace that made it difficult for me to put down. The characters were authentic and you fell right in with their plight. The statement that was made about the youth being our hope could not have rung more true.

I would have liked to see more development and I am hoping she continues this story line. It had the potential to be wide read YA fiction given the current climate of the genre.

I have to try and find a paper version of this so I may add it to my classroom library. ( )
1 vote MsHooker | Feb 17, 2014 |
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Fleeing their homes in the city, three teens find themselves on the run with little kids in tow. As people vanish and buildings crumble, they seek shelter in the nearby mountains. Survival depends on their ability to adapt with nothing more than the items pilfered from a crumbling store. Hovering in the background is the constant threat of being discovered by the aliens, adding to the pressure the teens feel having no shelter, a limited supply of food and the well-being of three children to ensure. They must come up with some creative solutions before the inevitable onset of winter, while attempting to remain “invisible” to avoid capture. Being mature and responsible is no longer optional as they deal with their individual personalities, traumas, and learn to raise a baby. Unaware of the extent of the alien destruction, they can’t help but wonder if all their efforts are in vain.

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