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    • ISBN:9780349002682
    • Publication date:04 May 2017

The Fallen Children

By David Owen

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Inspired by The Midwich Cuckoos, The Fallen Children is a gripping 'science fiction-meets-real world' story of the teenagers who, during one inexplicable 'Nightout', have their futures snatched away by circumstances beyond their control. It is a story of violation, of judgement, and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.

One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?

'A powerful and disturbing new take on an original classic' Tim Bowler, author of Carnegie Medal-winner River Boy

'I loved this book . . . Pacy, gripping, intriguing [and] poignant' Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire and Radio Silence


Young people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming . . .

One night, everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they're pregnant - and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

As the news spreads around the tower, its residents turns against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha's life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.

The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.

The Fallen Children has one cover design but 360 different colourways. Each one is numbered from 1 to 360 on the spine. The colour you receive will be completely random.

'THE FALLEN CHILDREN is ATTACK THE BLOCK meets VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and feels like the London I know. It's very cool' - Juno Dawson

'An ingenious twist on a classic. Surprisingly tender and moving, completely convincing and gripping' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'Read THE FALLEN CHILDREN if you'd like less middle-class kidlit, allegorical commentary on society and teens, and dead good books' - Non Pratt

Biographical Notes

David Owen achieved 1st class honours in BA Creative Writing and MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He hopes that one day all of his students will surpass his own achievements.
David's debut YA novel, Panther (2015) received rave reviews, and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. He is the Content and Social Media specialist for gapyear.com and a former freelance games journalist. David spends most of his time thinking about biscuits.

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  • ISBN: 9780349002699
  • Publication date: 04 May 2017
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: ATOM
The best book I've read in ages . . . At its surface, The Fallen Children is a pacy, gripping, intriguing superhero origin story, but beneath that, it's a poignant examination of the extent to which modern society spits on its young adults. — Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire and Radio Silence
A powerful and disturbing new take on an original classic. — Tim Bowler, award-winning author of River Boy
Engrossing, unusual, and unpatronising — SFX magazine
'Read The Fallen Children if you'd like less middle-class kidlit, allegorical commentary on society and teens, and dead good books' — Non Pratt
'THE FALLEN CHILDREN is ATTACK THE BLOCK meets VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and feels like the London I know. It's very cool' — Juno Dawson
'An ingenious twist on a classic. Surprisingly tender and moving, completely convincing and gripping' — Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Owen examines teenage credibility, mob mentality and how love, or the lack of it, shapes any kind of life. This is a riveting refashioning of a science fiction classic. — the Guardian
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