Black Helicopters

Black Helicopters

Book - 2013
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In a day-after-tomorrow Montana, fifteen-year-old Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother leave their underground den to fight a government that will kill them like coyotes.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2013.
Characteristics: 166 pages ;,21 cm.


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JCLChrisK Aug 14, 2013

This book has so many elements that I really love that it's hard for me to accept that I wasn't more blown away by the total package, and I still can't quite figure out how the whole feels less than the sum of the parts. The excellently voiced unreliable narrator, intense plot, understated and unstated weighty issues that are implied and can be read between the lines, an unexpected perspective from the margins of society, social commentary, empathetic psychology, gradual reveal of backstory woven into the current narrative, and vague entry point without exposition all contribute strongly to this short tale of a teen suicide bomber, yet I just couldn't get excited about it and easily set it aside with no hangover after discovering how it ends. I might have to try rereading it sometime.
"I'm Valkyrie White. I'm fifteen. Your government killed my family."


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LibraryK8 May 31, 2013

Black Helicopters are the harbingers of death and destruction for 15 year old Valley and her brother Bo. If they knew their hiding place, Those People, who control the helicopters, would kill them like coyotes, just as they killed her parents. Valley is determined to make the pay, no matter the cost to herself. Using the skills for survival and explosives their father taught them, Valley comes up with a plan to enact vengeance on Those People. By turning herself into an explosive message.

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