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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Come on Home, Children is a young adult science fiction novel by Victoria Randall, book two in the Children in Hiding series. The novel follows Willa, a young woman with Katy, a four-year-old, to look after. Willa survives in a dystopian society where unlicensed pregnancies are punished with imprisonment and, after escaping from a children’s home as an illegal child herself, she is now fighting to keep Katy safe from the clutches of the same organizations she escaped from years ago. When children’s home director Julia Amberton enters the story, Willa fears for herself and her child, and the novel progresses into a thrilling mystery of who to trust and how to hide in a world where state control has gone mad.
Victoria Randall presents a fantastic thriller in the young adult genre which would be highly suitable for adults and older teens. I was most impressed with the depth of political and social consequences in the society she has created, and there were plenty of realistic characters to loathe and love throughout the tale. Rich descriptions and great writing accompany Katy and Willa, who you can really get behind as down to earth heroines of the tale, and the futuristic elements and dedication to world building contribute to a wholly satisfying read. Overall, Come Home Children was a superb and sophisticated novel with atmosphere, innovation and plenty of plot events to keep readers engaged from beginning to end.