Aug 29, 2014
Review: Viral Nation
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
I really enjoyed the beginning chapters of this book and the building of the dystopian world was fairly believable. i began to lose interest pretty quickly once so many new characters were introduced, with situations that seemed unlikely. I was given this book for an honest review.
I,found it hard to believe that the all knowing government had no idea that these kids were out to change the future, present via the time travel angel. Many of the characters did not make sense, and the situations became unexplainable. I read mostly young adult, action, dystopian, or children's books. I found that after a while this book just no longer made sense and my mind would keep wandering away or I would be thinking "how are they managing that, why are they doing that?"...
Did not hold my interest.
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