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I was caught up with the concept of "young blood," and that hooked me. I still like the concept, but I was not as thrilled with the author's treatment of it.
As far as plot lines, I found the entire concentration camp scenario lacking in plausibility. As humans, we are hardwired to protect our children, so I had a hard time accepting that adults would willingly treat children in such a manner, breaking up family bonds. Yes, the examples of the Nazi genocide show that horrible things can be done to people, children included, but that was genocide of a people, not the abuse of their own flesh and blood. People react differently about kin.
I also couldn't buy the wholesale emancipation as described in the beginning of the book. Small children generally have neither the desire to leave their parents nor the ability to manage their affairs.
Another issue was the fact that some families were able to amass huge fortunes in the blood trade while others seemingly had nothing and scrambled for the leftovers. In a society where some women have had children driven by welfare regulations, I would think that women would be popping out babies right and left.
As far as writing, I think there were some bigger issues. The foremost was the very anachronistic characterizations. This story takes place in the future, yet the kids are wrapped around the American television shows and games of years gone by. To me, it seems as if the author took his own admiration of Star Trek and other scifi shows and interposed those same feelings upon children of the near future. This rubbed me raw. Children rarely have the same enthusiasm for things of their parents' or grandparent's generation. They would have their own shows, games, and movies into which they could immerse themselves.
Another issue which grated on me was the constant reference to nationality of what were essentially Americans. At seemingly every turn of the page, it was "the Italian boy," "the Mexican girl," "the Chinese man," "the old Jew," "the Gulah," "the Indian boy," "the Romanian woman," and so forth. Technically, the Romanian woman was actually from Romania (although she spoke with native-level English fluency), but after describing the background of a character once, I find it intrusive to throw it out again at every opportunity. I just don't experience an American boy, for example, being continually referred to as "the Italian" when nothing in his actions nor background show any degree of being Italian other than where his ancestors were born.
Timelines were also an issue. Some people could not have had their past experiences and yet be at the ages in the book's present.
Finally, the characterizations were cardboard cutouts, at least for the antagonists. They were pretty much pure evil. A senator blithely kills infants to remove a few wrinkles? Yes, there have been historical figures in the past who have pretty much done similar things, but in this book, the baddies pretty much run rampant in their pursuit of evil.
I still like the concept of the book, but I just had too many issues in the reading of it to really rank this book high on my list. It was OK, and that is about the best I can write about it.