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{Viral Nation: Shaunta Grimes}Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
Series: Viral Nation
Published by Berkley on July 2, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} –After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

{My Thoughts} – This book is based on the lives of Clover and West Donavon. They are both young teenagers that had survived the virus that had killed many worldwide. Out of sheer luck a scientist had discovered a portal that would take him two years into the future. While he was there he stole a vial of the suppressant that would be used to cure the virus and took it back in time to his original timeline.

Clover is a autistic girl with a dog named Mango that helps to calm her when things get rough. She loves to read and can remember nearly everything she sees. She is accepted into the Academy and attends the interview at which point she is denied admission.

Her brother West is working for the farms and when he hears Clover will be at the Academy he applies to work for the Guard. He figures since she will be taken care of at the Academy he could get on with his life. Neither of them had any idea what the future held for them.

This book is thought provoking, it is about time travel and very well written. I found it extremely difficult to put this book down and was up well into the night reading it. All I can say is when is book two coming out? I want to know what is to come of these characters in the future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.