Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

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Fans of science fiction or dystopian adventures will find that the convoluted plot, one-note characters and inexplicable villains result in a lackluster story.
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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.
 

About Shaunta Grimes

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Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno, NV, with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on May 22 2013

Fans of science fiction or dystopian adventures will find that the convoluted plot, one-note characters and inexplicable villains result in a lackluster story.

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