A good, solid YA dystopian novel about a small group of survivors, all that seems to be left of humans on the earth, settled into Long Island, or what is left, after several wars. The first war is one where they created the Partials, part human, part machine, to give them advantage over the Chinese. They then used them as slave labor to help rebuild, and the Partials revolted, engineering a virus that wiped out 99% of the world’s population and leaving them childless, as babies die from the disease soon after they are born. They are hoping to find more immune ones, since all the survivors are immune, so girls are mandated to start having children by the age of 18, and the age is dropping. There are rebels in the woods around them, who do not agree with the council’s edicts on the forced pregnancies, esp. since the babies all die. One girl, Kira, a medic in training, works in the maternity ward, and is horrified by the dying babies, and the mothers who often don’t even get to see their own child – including her adopted sister. All teens in the book are adopted, since for the most case, only one in a family survived. So they formed new families. Life is down to the basics, since no one knows how to run the big machines, gas is getting old and destroying the engines, and all they have left are some generators, a little power, and a few high tech machines they save for the hospital. Otherwise they live a simple village life, growing herbs and vegetables, selling them in the markets, bartering for things they need. Clothing is not a problem, since there are tons of stores left open when the people literally died where they were, and lots to choose from, although they too are deteriorating in the salt air of Long island. It has been almost 14 years since the RM wiped out the people, and now the youngest kids are that age. So schools close, and the council works harder to bring the population to the only solution they can think of, more babies. Somehow, amongst these babies, they have to find the answer. But Kira believes differently – she was No. 1 in her Virology class, and thinks outside the box. She believes if they can capture and study a Partial, they can find out why the Partials are immune. So she gathers some like-minded friends together and they go off on a dangerous and hare-brained mission to bring back one of these super solders who can wipe out whole platoons single-handedly. But somehow they manage, but all is not as it seems. As more secrets are revealed, and more things discovered, they must fight for a way to get to the truth and make it be known. First in a series. Very good, and looking forward to the next.
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