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By Louise Lawrence | Comments: ( 889 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

After a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.Everyone thought, when the alarm bell rang, that it was just another fire practice But the first bombs had fallen on Hamburg and Leningrad, the headmaster said, and a full scale nuclear attack was imminent.It s a real life nAfter a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.Everyone thought, when the alarm bell rang, that it was just another fire practice But the first bombs had fallen on Hamburg and Leningrad, the headmaster said, and a full scale nuclear attack was imminent.It s a real life nightmare Sarah and her family have to stay cooped up in the tightly sealed kitchen for days on end, dreading the inevitable radioactive fall out and the subsequent slow, torturous death, which seems almost preferable to surviving in a grey, dead world, choked by dust.But then, from out of the dust and the ruins and the destruction, comes new life, a new future, and a whole brave new world.


  • Title: Children of the Dust
  • Author: Louise Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9780099433422
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Louise Lawrence

Elizabeth Holden, better known by her pen name Louise Lawrence, is an English science fiction author, acclaimed during the 1970s and 1980s.Lawrence was born in Leatherhead, Surrey, England, in 1943 She became fascinated with Wales at a young age, and has set many of her novels there She left school early on to become an assistant librarian She married and had the first of her three children in 1963 Her departure from the library, she recalls, gave her the potential to turn toward writing Deprived of book filled surroundings, I was bound to write my own.



Comments Children of the Dust

  • Charli

    I read this book when I was in the fourth grade. It has stayed with me all these years (I'm 33 now) in some small form or another. I've recently been reading more dystopian themed books and Children of the Dust was back in the forefront of my mind. It was the first book of a less-than-shiny-happy-future nature that I'd ever read and it, clearly, hasn't been the last. I'm looking forward to finding a copy again and giving it another read to see how it adds up now.


  • Sarah

    Started out really well, I love a good post-apocalyptic novel and was gripped by the dramatic opening chapter. However it quickly became rather grim and depressing, with the main character, her stepmother and two step-siblings slowly dying of radiation sickness, surrounded by the corpses of various people and animals (including their pet cocker spaniel who they locked out during the blast and whose desperate scratches at the door become increasingly feeble), all described in graphic detail compl [...]


  • Kulsuma

    I really enjoyed Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence. I read this book years ago and it struck a chord with me. This was one of the first dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels I read and it was a great introduction into the genre. This novel makes you think very deeply about our world. Are we taking care of it? Will we really end up like this? Lawrence has written a realistic, informative account of life after such a great disaster. Though Children of the Dust is quite dark and hope seems lost t [...]


  • Courtenay

    I read this originally when I was in Year 10 and remember complaining to my English teacher that it was making me depressed. Nevertheless, it had such a huge impact on me at 15 years old and I remember just wanting to be better and do better. I would love to reread this book if I could find it and see what my reaction to it is now. I remember that the writing was very profound and that the description of setting and characters was detailed. I think the reason it had such a huge impact on me was [...]


  • Wealhtheow

    I read this in middle school, and it traumatized the hell out of me. It begins before nuclear bombs go off, and then pitilessly takes a few characters (children and one of their parents) through their attempts to survive. To this day I put covers over my drinking water so that radioactive dust won't drift down and contaminate it, as I vividly remember it doing in this book.


  • F.R.

    Along with ‘Z for Zachariah’, this was one of my wife’s favourite books from childhood. A book she loved so much in the school library, that lived so alive in her imagination, she sought it out as an adult and devoured it hungrily again. I can only say that the fact they’re both post-nuclear apocalypse tales – with lashings of soft horror and sci-fi – just proves once again that she is indeed my soulmate.Life in a post-nuclear apocalypse told through the eyes of three generations of [...]


  • Jose Moa

    I am very surprised by the very good quality of this book,it is well writen and full of concepts as humanity ,solidarity ,ecología ,pacifism and antixenofobia.It is light years of the Young adult books today in print,it says more in 150 pages tan others in 1500.For me it is a book that would be of obligued read in all schools of the world ,it would be a better world.After a beautiful prologue by the autor, the book has three chapters with three heroines relatives one another in chronologic orde [...]


  • Coquille Fleur

    Written in the early 80's at the height of the nuclear cold war threat, this has to be one of the more hopeful apocalypse novels I have read. It follows three generations of an English family from minutes before the bombs hit to 50 years post-apocalypse. Lawrence juxtaposes two societies of survivors; the "outsiders" who live through the holocaust on their own abilities independent of the remaining government, and the society of government top-ranking families that lives below ground in the unde [...]


  • Dunja Radulov

    Although I appreciate this book's great value and its important message, I must admit that it took ages for me to read it, and that I enjoyed only parts of it. That said, let's write a few words about the book itself. The novel follows three generations of a family caught up in a nuclear war and its aftermath. In the first part of the novel, "Sarah", Veronica, her children William and Catherine, and her stepdaughter Sarah are trapped in their house after a nuclear attack on Britain. A few days a [...]


  • Laura Ferguson

    This book still chills me.My very scary English teacher made me read it when I was a very naive fourteen year old and it did haunt me a bit. I really, really liked it despite that. My country is nuclear free and we were studying that in class I seem to remember. This book sure put me on the side to remain nuclear free and I think I got very pompous about it at the time.Obviously now I have grown up a bit and see the benefits of nuclear power but when I reread this, the teenage fears do come back [...]


  • Matthew

    The opening story is so bleak it can't really fail to be somewhat convincing, though towards the final story the book took a bit of a mad turn, running headlong into more of a science fiction premise with rather too much of (what I assumed to be) internal monologue which was definitely getting slightly ponderous at certain points.Also, the second and third chapters are very co-incidence heavy, with the ending being more than slightly bizarre - seeming to wrap things up a bit too tidily and quick [...]


  • Joanne

    This was a quick read, although the start was harrowing and I was worried that the whole book was going to be doom, gloom and dead children. Not exactly the best book to start reading on a crowded train into work.The imagery used in the book is striking; Lawrence really succeeds in setting the scene and presenting a visually striking vision of a post-nuclear strike England. Normally the religious aspects might put me off, but Lawrence put biblical concepts and imagery to good use without overbur [...]


  • Gina Gwen

    I remember I saw the cover of this book in junior high. It was a dark brown hardcover with gold letters. I checked it out purely on the look of it. I read it in two days. I could have read it in one but I was enamored, and I wanted it to last since I knew it would be over too soon. It was one of the few early books I read where I actually cried. I wondered how this could be in my junior high library since it dealt with nuclear war and what happens afterwards. I think perhaps it was my first peak [...]


  • Ysabel

    I first read this book when I stole it from my older sister who was reading it for a school project. The first section of the book "Sarah" had me in tears. Being of a similar age to Sarah I was really upset by the horrors she had to face. The next two books go on to show the next generations of Sarah's family and how they survived the nuclear holocaust. It's an interesting view. I like the way the author didn't shy away from the mutilation, from the harsh reality of life after a nuclear holocaus [...]


  • Nurture Waratah

    When I read this book as a tween, it made a huge impression on me. In fact, I had nightmares for years afterwards. It took me a while to track this down as an adult, but I finally found a copy at my local op-shop. I was worried that it would seem corny or dull and flat after all these years, as childhood favourites often do, but my worry was wasted. While I wasn't left with nightmares this time around, I found the book as emotionally disturbing, engaging and thought-provoking as I did when I was [...]


  • Madi

    I read this book a couple of years ago in school, and unlike most required reading i absolutely loved it. This book of post nuclear apocalypse shows the survival of three separate people with very different outlooks on what has happened, this book made me think and is one of the books that have most affected me and the way i think about things for a long time while it continued to stick with me.


  • Sayra

    This book completely freaked me out when I was a child (early teens) and when I reread it as an adult it still made me think thinky thoughts and freak out just a tiny wee bit. :D I think this may be one of my all time favourite books and I wish I had a copy nearby so I could go read it again right now.


  • Maria Frank

    I love thsi book for the way it doesn't rose tint the reality of nuclear war. Also the different ways the surviors deal with their situation is at times sad and other times amazing.All teenage children should read this. Hopefully it will bring home the message that global nuclear war means the end of the human race as we know it.


  • Caitlin

    This book was amazing. Bleak, yet hopeful. Feels all over the place!


  • Thunder Brotherofall

    The book I am Reviewing is Children of the Dust a fiction post apocalyptic novel written by Louise Lawrence. It has 168 pages and was published in 1985The book contains three separate sections in it, The first one is Sarah. Sarah is wherever when the sirens go off, She runs home to her stepmother Veronica to help barricade the house, They get food, water and toys for the son William and Catherine. After the bombs went off, days pass and Sarah realise that the water was contaminated because the c [...]


  • Sandy Conley

    This was written in 1985 and my daughter thought both she and I had read it in that time frame. I am not so sure myself due to the good recall I have concerning books I have read. Regardless of our discussion I spent part of my time reading this book as I am prone to stay up to the wee hours. I did spend time with her and her 2 grandsons and my other daughter. granddaughter and great grandson. The boys were restless and loud but there is much to do here that I had enough time to enjoy this book. [...]


  • Laurie

    I first read this book as a child and did not understand it. All I could remember was the opening chapter, depicting the falling of the bombs. It struck terror into me and that went with me for a long time. As an adult I have returned to this book and reread it, curious as to what came after. The opening sequence still fills me with a near unshakeable despair, but the subsequent chapters - particularly the moving, and poignantly hopeful finale - made me glad I came back. I understand the message [...]


  • Jen

    I first read this book in middle School. I borrowed it from my middle schools library. It really left an impression on me. A few years later when my brother was in middle School I made him take the book out so I could read it again. A few years ago, I bought a copy on so I could reread it. I still loved it. I love the post-apocalyptic genre and I think this book was my introduction. I have also always had a scared fascination with nuclear war. Another theme of this book is evolution. I think th [...]


  • Clare Matthews

    Now this dystopian YA is REALLY good! thought-provoking and evocative - I know it was written in the mid 1980s and the cold war context really comes through, however it's still relevant today. Actually well written as well which is a bonus in this genre. I can see why, along with 'Z for Zachariah', this one has stood the test of time.


  • Amanda Kiddie

    I remember studying this book when I was in school, so decided to re-read and see if I would still enjoy it, as was always so memorable. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is not just about survivial but about adapting and loving all.


  • Emma

    Read as a young teenager. Made a huge impression on me.


  • Ida January

    I first read this book when I was in fourth grade and for the longest time all I could remember was the cloud on the cover. In fact in many ways it has haunted me, the slow decay and death of the nuclear winter terrified me, and is a foundation for my views on nuclear weapons / nuclear war, leading to my pacifist beliefs today. being 31 now the underlying symbolism is so much clearer and I thank the author for sparking my love of dystopian/ anti utopian books. Like so many others this book more [...]


  • Hannah

    This was a fairly convincing (if brutal) look at Britain in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. But it goes wildly off the rails in the final third (Simon's story). I mean, by the end of the book only fifty years have passed since the bombs fell - but an entirely new species of humanity has risen up, complete with telepathic abilities. I was on board with the idea that humans would mutate to survive the increased UV radiation, so the eyes / fur / albinism was actually okay with me. But come on [...]


  • Pamela (slytherpuff)

    See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.There are a few things I remember about this book:1. It was one of my favorites when I was a freshman in high school. I wrote an awesome book report and I'm pretty sure I got an A on it.2. A little girl hid under the table, which was covered with a blanket. Dust fell down the chimney and contaminated everything in the house, and the family "knew" that the little girl was going to be the only one to live. The little girl was left with a man who lived on a [...]


  • Megan

    Children of the Dust is my favorite book, so I thought having it be my first book review would be appropriate. If I were to be stranded on a desert island, this would be the book I would take with me. I can open it to any page and enjoy re-reading it for hours. This is also the only book that has ever brought me to tears. Children of the Dust is a very under appreciated book about family, loss, and, more importantly, hope. One of the unique things about this book that makes it so enjoyable is th [...]


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    Published :2019-01-11T21:21:44+00:00