Thursday, September 11, 2014


By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 416 pgs. Young adult.

This dystopian novel has promise for fans of Divergent or Shatter Me and was interesting for the story of a vaccine that has created mutant like effects in a small percentage of the population. As more dystopian books are published, it seems that there are lots of tries for something new to cause the apocalypse or happen after it. This one did okay with something new, but the characters were actually the least likable part. They were all a bit selfish or whiny and I couldn't find one to really connect with and want to see how their storyline ended.

The population that has weird changes in their bodies means that the government does not want them using their powers for their own, and in some cases even being alive. The powers were anything from people that could create illusions to those that could memorize anything perfectly within seconds. The heroes, or anti-heroes as they begin, are up against the government as well as each to survive and save their own kind. There are multiple groups against the teens and their leader and so many plot twists I really just was waiting for the end so I could mark it as read. It was an easy enough read and had plenty of action, even if it fell short of a really original story. Try it if you want a story with super powered people and more discussion of how the government created an end to the world as we know it.


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