Series: Viral Nation #1
Published by Penguin on 2013-07-02
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Young Adult
After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed. Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future. When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined... and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
This book was different than what I expected it to be but in a good way that made me fall in love with it. I loved the concept the author created of a world plagued by a virus and people having to learn to cope after the fact. This book starts out with us meeting Jared who has a wife that is dying and two kids one of them being a newborn. As events take place we then jump forward to meeting the kids who are now grown up and teenagers names West and Clover.We learn the kids are living in a world being run by The Company who sanctions how much food and other things they are allowed to have. I immediately liked them both West because he was so protective of his sister and Clover because she was a little bit different but didn’t let it hold her back from her dreams and what she felt she deserved out of life. The kids also have such a unique bond and the way they look out for each other was amazing and such a nice thing to see.
As the story continues there are events that take place that will change their lives as they know it but I felt like it was for the better because it made them stronger and opened their eyes to things around them. I loved that we soon learn that The Company has major secrets and there are major players at work trying to keep things covered up. I loved that the kids soon figured out who they could and couldn’t trust and just what they may be up against to discover the truth. I think that my favorite thing about this book that made it different was the time jumping abilities and the way they author basically created a world within a world but yet made them both so different.
Overall this was a different read and I loved every minute of it. The author created a unique world that I fell in love with and the character of Clover was so different from the normal heroines in books so it made her so cool. The plot of this book soon started to read like a mystery of trying to find out what The Company was up to and that made it interesting. The characters drew me in and I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens next with them. I would highly recommend this one to others.