Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Children of the Night: A NovelChildren of the Night: A Novel by T.C Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A powerful and poignant story...

‘China's one-child policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of its population. Distinct from the family planning policies of most other countries (which focus on providing contraceptive options to help women have the number of children they want), it set a limit on the number of children parents could have, the world's most extreme example of population planning.’ It was introduced in 1979 and eliminated at the end of 2015.

Those ‘children of the night’ were excluded from the family register which meant they did not possess a Hukou, which is "an identifying document, similar in some ways to the American social security card." In this respect they did not legally exist and as a result couldn’t access most public services, such as education and health care, and did not receive protection under the law.

Author T.C Paul weaves a heart-rending, emotional and inspirational story that will captivate the reader from the beginning. The author paints a dramatic and fascinating tale of a deep longing in a very vivid and convincing way.

Children of the Night had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from T.C Paul the future. I would highly recommend this book. Five stars from me.


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