Author: Michelle Pickett
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Source: ARC from Spencer Hill Press
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
Review: I absolutely loved this book!!! I felt like it was very well rounded. It had a fantastic mix of sadness, romance, fear, absolute terror and even happiness. It is one of my favorite reads of the year so far!!! I definitely suggest it to all dystopian fans out there!!! I absolutely loved Eva! I thought she was an awesome lead character! She is strong yet sensitive, but also very independent. She wouldn't let anyone but herself make her decisions for her. I really loved that. She knew what she wanted, and she never gave up on getting that, even if it went against what other people thought would be better for her. Though she did do what she needed to do when she absolutely had to do it.
I wanna talk about the PODs. These things were interesting. First of all, I know it definitely wasn't an accident that only younger people got chosen in the raffle. I just didn't make the other connection that Eva did in regards to their grades in school. But after finding that out, it definitely made sense. I have to say. I think I'd go nuts if I was locked in a POD with like 9 other people I didn't know. I just wouldn't adjust well to that at all! Though Eva did a fine job of it. She made friends really quickly and adjusted really well despite the pain of leaving her family behind. Almost everyone in the POD did really. They all were hurting after having to leave their families behind but they made the best of it! I found it really interesting how when everyone started schoolwork in the PODs they were slowly being pushed towards what their career would be when they left the PODs. Like Eva was slowly being pushed towards becoming a teacher even though that was something she never considered before being put in the POD. The government pretty much had control over what everyone in the PODs would be doing once they were chosen to be in it. I didn't exactly like that but at least they were taking into account what subjects the people were good at and chose a field for them that coincided with their strong points. That at least was better than being put in a field you know absolutely nothing about! On another note, I was absolutely horrified at what happened to the people in PODs that had people who showed signs of the virus! Everyone in the POD was killed!!! The POD was shut off and crushed!!! It was just horrible knowing that those people that didnt show signs of the virus in those certain PODs never had a chance. They had to die with the others who were showing signs!!! I know the government did it for containment measures, but why not give the people who were still healthy a fighting chance?
People time!!! Ok. I absolutely loved David!!! He was such a sweet guy! He really cared for Eva and did whatever he could to protect her from the bad, whether inside the PODs or out. I was totally getting annoyed with him though closer to the beginning. He was such a freaking chicken about telling Eva his feelings. There was so many times when he just started to, but then shut up and chickened out! I was seriously freaking happy when he finally just kissed her!!!! I was seriously thinking "ABOUT TIME" in my head! Lol! I also loved though, that David was also a typical teenage boy with hormones as well. He was a great guy, but he also couldn't help the fact that he was attracted to Eva either. But I do have to give both David and Eva credit. Despite the fact that they really wanted to take their relationship to an intimate level, they still had enough common sense to realize the consequences of doing that would make their survival in the world that much more complicated. So they still managed to control themselves and that, that definitely wasn't easy for either of them. Now onto the others. I loved almost everyone in Eva's POD except Josh. He was just a massive pain in the butt! My favorites though were Tiffany, her baby Faith and George. Tiffany was such a nice girl! I really liked her and the friendship she formed with Eva. And George was definitely one of the nicest guys in the POD! I thought the whole thing with George and Tiffany liking each other, but not even realizing it until like 2 months before they left the POD was funny. I mean I swear it was painfully obvious to everyone but them! It was funny. But I was also happy that they had each other to lean on and look out for each other! I thought the whole thing with Tiffany going into labor was weird though! No doctors from the main POD came to help! They pretty much forced those in the POD to deliver her baby! That was ridiculous!! I still don't understand that one! I also really liked Katie. She was the youngest of the 10 in the POD. She also developed a good friendship with Eva. I do feel bad for her though because being the youngest she had the hardest time dealing with leaving her family and then knowing people in other PODs were being killed including someone she got to know.
I do have to say I did kinda see the virus mutating into something worse than the original virus happening 100%. Virus's usually mutate into a new form after some time, so I knew it would and not just die like the government thought it would. It just how much it would mutate, no one knew. Definitely made life living outside the PODs more interesting if you weren't in a village. Having to hide and run from the Infected. The one thing I'm still wondering about though is why does the Infected's blood sting if you get it on you? What makes it sting so much??? I really hope we get that answered in the next book! I definitely cant wait to see what will happen on the next book!!!
I had to concentrate on what David was saying, "I know what you said about a relationship down here not being a good idea-"
Yeah, I take that all back. I think a relationship down here is a great idea.
"-and you're probably right. But I don't give a damn about the POD. I don't care where we are or where we end up. I just want you to be mine. I don't want to wait until we're out of here." - pg. 110 of ARC
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