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July 15, 2021

The Council of Animals by Nick McDonell ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

At first glance, this wouldn't look like a book I would pick up and you might be thinking the same thing of yourself, but if you want to read a book that makes you think deeply then it is exactly the book you should pick up.

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The Council of Animals
July 2021; Macmillan Audio; 978-1250799036
audio (3h17m), ebook, print (208 pages); dystopian

After the "Calamity", the animals have flourished in a world where humans are thought to be extinct. However, a small band of survivors have been discovered and now the animals have to decide if they should help them or eat them.

The first bit of the book is long speeches made by varied members of the council which is made up of a bear, a cat, a crow, a horse, a dog, and a baboon. There is a seventh member who shows up later. It is kind of a United Nations. Each animal has their reason for either wanting to help or eat the humans. Humans are not thought of highly as each animal recounts their own personal experience with humans.

Last fall, my post-apocalyptic book club read Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton and The Council of Animals reminded me of it somewhat. There are also some similarities to George Orwell's Animal Farm as the animals attempt to form a society in the absence of people.

As is typical with fables, the story seems simple and maybe more for children but there is a lot going on under the surface. There is so much to tease out from this rather short tale. It would make an excellent book for discussion.

Buy The Council of Animals at Amazon

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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