Reviewed by Melanie on April 28, 2017
There is no lack of dystopian young adult novels, but this one is a bit different from most others. In Kira’s world, humans aren’t doing too hot. In fact, they’re almost extinct and are getting closer to extinction with every birth. Due to a virus that the humans are trying to fight, infants die within days of being born. It’s been eleven years since RM erased most of human existence.
Kira is a nursing intern. Watching her friends, who are forced to get pregnant at age 17 by The Hope Act, give birth and then have their babies die is more than she can handle. When her friend Madison gets pregnant, Kira determines that her life’s mission is to cure RM and make sure that Madison doesn’t lose her child.
Kira and her friends capture a Partial, an engineered soldier whose species is responsible for releasing RM to the humans. Kira runs tests on the partial and learns more about the mysterious race.
The storyline is interesting and very science based, not 100% fantastical fantasy. I enjoyed the medical procedures when they would typically bore me. The story was slow to get started but quickly picked up and moved forward. Most of the characters are intelligent and work diligently to get where they need to go. I’m looking forward to the second book and seeing how Kira’s world moves forward.