Kid’s Book Review: The Raven’s Song

Kid’s Book Review: The Raven’s Song

About the Book and Authors

The Raven’s Song is a dystopian novel about a world that is falling apart with echoes about the environmental concerns we have for the future of our planet. It is the first ever dual-voice teen novel from acclaimed Australian authors Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble and is published by Old Barn Books.

The plot is carried along alternatively by the voices of two characters, Phoenix and Shelby, who live in different future time frames. Phoenix lives in a near-future world impacted by climate change and a devastating pandemic; and Shelby lives one hundred years in the future in a post-pandemic, post-pollution, post-city world where each community is exactly three hundred and fifty people sustainably subsisting on seven hundred hectares.


The Raven's Song
Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble

Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble are two award-winning Aussie authors. Check out their website for more information about their writing.

Book Review

I thought the world building was very good

While I was reading the book I had a lot of conflicting thoughts because it was a little weird. It took a while to get going but in the end I would say it suited me well because I like reading dystopian novels.

With the two main characters they were set in two different time periods which led to some confusion until I understood that. I thought the world building was very good because one of the characters heavily reminded themselves why the world was the way it was.

If I had to choose a favourite character it would have to be Phoenix. Phoenix was just so brave. Even when he lost almost all of his life he just smiled and let go. If that happened to me I would like to think that’s how I would deal with it. Even if I know I wouldn’t. I didn’t really empathise with any particular character, it more like I empathised with the entire world. The characters in the story experienced  a pandemic just like our world, and we know how tough that can be.

After they got sick, but before they went into hospital, the children made little boxes of stuff. These boxes sat beside their “egg” until they woke up. If it were me, I would probably put a change of clothes and my aquamarine necklace.

All in all, this book was such a great way for a young person to think about climate change and consider where our species might be in 100 years… so yeah, it is very original and thought-provoking writing.

Thanks, I had a fun time reading and reviewing this story.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jenna
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: dogs, music and my family
  • Dislikes: pickles and tomatoes
  • Favourite Book: The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Favourite Song: Primadonna by Marina
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2