Source: Review copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review
It starts with an itch you just can’t shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you’ll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.
And then you’re dead.
When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.
Because how will she go on if there isn’t?
“Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there.”
Anyone that knows me knows that I love zombie stories. BUT!!!! I also LOVE virus stories:) I love the way the people in the story, literally strangers when they start out and having to band together while the whole world dies around them. I also love the fighting to survive and literally having to forage for the necessities of daily life. That is exactly what I had gotten with this book!
Kaelyn and her best friend had a fight. They have not spoken to each other for 2 years. She regrets it! So she starts writing him a letter and that letter turns into a huge journal. The book is literally written this way. Each chapter starts a new piece of the journal to Leo. The only heading is the date and the time.
Kaelyn’s dad is a scientist and he works closely with the hospital. That is how they first find out about the virus. The signs are simple. Coughing, sneezing and an itch that you cannot get rid of. You will scratch until the skin is gone. Then the fever comes. After that, you kind of lose your mind. You start sharing things with people that you normally would not say. Mostly your true thoughts.
Kaelyn is just trying to keep her family alive as well as herself. She maps the whole saga out in her journals to Leo in hopes that if she doesn’t make it, someone will have the knowledge of what happened on their little island.
This book was truly awesome in my eyes. I buzzed right through it and couldn’t wait to get to the end. I wanted to find out so badly what was going to happen. Ms. Crewe was able to write us a great story with a little bit of a twist on our typical virus story. I cannot wait until I read the next book in the series, The Lives We Lost, which is already out and I have waiting in the wings:)
“This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die.”