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**Note to Readers**
I received a digital copy for a short while of this book in exchange for an honest review. I will not base my opinion of any book on the fact that I bought it or acquired it for free. My reviews are always based on my honest opinion of what I thought of the book.
Thanks. –J. Sanders
Thanks. –J. Sanders
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My likes: This book captured and held my attention from page one. I love, love, love dystopian novels and I believe this book falls into that particular category. The characters were well thought out and the story lined flowed smoothly. Ms. Gimes creates a world in which I can actually feel myself become a part of once I started reading. Every scene was in great detail and I could actually picture what was going on inside my mind. I also liked the fact that Shaunta Grimes took a serious medical condition and relayed it in a way that everyone could understand. Autism is a serious condition that some people do not fully grasp and this book provided an excellent example of what a person with this particular type of Autism (sense it is a very broad condition) might go through on a daily basis.
My dislikes: Honestly? I do not have a lot of dislikes or concerns about this book. I seriously loved every aspect of this storyline! The only thing that put me out is the way the book is written. Now, it is an ARC so I’m not going to complain about typos or sentence structure because that could very well be fixed by the time the book is published. But the way in which the conversations in the book were written got confusing after awhile. There was no ending of paragraphs or indentions after each person talked. It all kind of ran together and at times it was difficult for me to grasp who was actually saying what. I’m not sure if Ms. Grimes intended for the conversations to run that way or if it will get fixed before publishing, but I sure hope it does. This is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
My Summary (I’ll try not to add any big spoilers):
VIRAL NATION follows a girl, Clover, and her brother, West. When Clover was born a terrible virus swept the country/world and it was practically killing off everyone. Clover’s mother, Jane, did not know she was infected when they brought Clover home from the hospital but it was already too late. Jane was sick and she ending up dying (by unnecessary means). A cure for the virus was then found by time travel and after that people started getting better, but those people had to take the vaccine/cure everyday.
Sixteen years later we find Clover being accepted into the “Academy,” the school that all the smarter kids go to after primary school while the less than smart students are put to work in fields, etc. This has been Clover’s dream her whole life and her brother, West, has made it his duty to help Clover in any way he can. (That even means working in a cantaloupe field instead of entering the Academy himself so that he could stay and watch after Clover) Their dad left for the company and became an executioner after his wife/their mother died. Clover’s interview day with the Academy arrives and even though she got an acceptance letter she was rejected due to the fact that she was Autistic and refused to leave her service dog, Mango, behind. Mango was her shield from the outside world. When things became too tough for Clover she relied on Mango to keep her grounded so, of course, she wouldn’t leave Mango.
She then learns that she’s been ‘drafted’ to the company as a Time Mariner. See, during this particular time era a time portal has been found under Lake Tahoe that will take you exactly two years in the future and that’s how the cure to the virus was found. Time Mariners are the one’s that travel to the future to retrieve vital information. (you eventually find out just who is able to time travel and why..hmm..)
As Clover does her missions for the company an unlikely friend meets Clover in the future and warns her that West’s life is in danger. Clover then begins the journey of finding out the who, how, and why behind her brother’s mishap. This, then, takes Clover, West, and a few others on a winding path to discover the truth behind the cure and the company/government. It’s dangerous, mysterious, and enthralling all at the same time.
Would I recommend this & why? I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love dystopian novels/ post-appocolyptic story lines. The character line as well as the entire story is solid and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You won’t want to put it down until you’ve read everything there is to read and then you’ll be left wanting more.