From the moment the black vans appear to take the sick away, Maya knows there is something wrong. She seems to be the only one to question the sudden disappearances at school and the masks everyone is forced to wear to keep from catching the new disease spreading through the entire United States. Even when word of the new “healing centers” reaches the public, no one dares to ask what is happening. But when Maya catches the disease, the one they call The Tearings, and is taken to one of these centers along with her mother, the truth becomes all too clear. She is separated from her family and forced to work, becoming one of the more fortunate ones who is not sent to the testing wings. Bullied by the guards to the point of death, she meets David Summers, the enigmatic young Captain who appears to loathe his position of power in the camp and who seems as drawn to Maya as she is to him. When Maya suddenly becomes the disease’s only survivor, she must put her trust on David to find a way to escape the camp and get the truth, and the cure coursing through her veins, out to the world.
What a fabulous debut novel by V.C. Repetto!
The mystery, the unknown, the fear... all these add up to a great story. The character development was right on spot and the way V.C. gave a look into Maya's fear and how she watched the advancement of the 'disease' made for an exciting plot.
I enjoyed the story from beginning to end and reveled in the YA/NA dramatics that Repetto added to the story. Maya was on 'death's doorstop' shall we say and, enter, David. This addition made quite a nice twist, especially as Maya becomes healthy again.
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