Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: Viral Nation

Viral Nation
By:  Shaunta Grimes

Rating:  5/5 Cogs


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.


Wow! This book left me completely dumbstruck. I was absolutely amazed by the story and its cast. Clover and West are a truly loyal brother/sister combo. Both characters are well developed and easy to relate to. The two just want what is best for the other, and will do whatever they can to keep their remaining family safe.

The mystery in this story had a very "Matrix-y" feel to it. It's as if the world that Clover and West have been living in their entire life is a lie. What if the Company isn't working for the best interest of the population? What if the victims of the executions for future crimes aren't actually criminals? There's so much going on that it's nearly impossible to catch every subtle nuance that shows yet another "fact of life" being proven wrong.

Will this ragtag team of "Freaks" be able to figure out what's going on and create a better world that's free of the lies and tyranny? That's what I want to know! I can't wait to read the second book in this story.

This is the start of something great. After reading this book, I could easily see it as a movie! This book is dystopia at its best!  I can only hope that the series continues at such a fast pace as the first one started.

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