There are few books these days that are really truly good, and even less that leave you completely stunned. This is one of those books. After finishing it, I was incapable of doing anything but aimlessly wandering around the house, devoid of all rational thought. It was that great.
In Ruby’s fourth grade class kids were dropping like flies, killed by a mysterious epidemic that was quickly destroying most of America’s children. As her 10th birthday nears, Ruby’s apprehesion heightens, as this is the age the uncurable disease usually presents itself. But Ruby doesn’t die. Something far worse happens to her, something that makes her parents call the police and allow officials to take her away to a horrific rehabilitation camp, to live with hundreds of other kids that scare the government.
” They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us–the ones who lived.”
Why are you even still here!? Go find yourself a copy! But, okay, I feel it’s only fair to warn you that it has the sort of cliffhanger ending that leaves your emotions in tatters. You very well may find yourself screaming into a pillow or incapable of speech. But even though I usually hate that sort of thing and I’m still recomending it to you, because I think all of the good stuff outweights the emotional trauma.
This book reminded me a bit of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, or of the Hunger Games, because it’s another distopian novel. It’s got a lot of action, a good deal of romance, and even some mystery and science fiction elements. All in all, it’s absolutely impossible to put down, and I highly recommend it.