When her parents died in a global pandemic, seventeen-year-old Cassie thought her biggest problem was finding her next meal. But “Telo” is a retrovirus and no one is immune. Surviving to adulthood isn’t looking good as her city succumbs to food shortages and gang violence. When Cassie joins a group of young people living in a hotel, she thinks her most immediate troubles are over. She soon finds, More
In less than a year, Cassie’s life has gone from that of an ordinary teenager to one in which she is struggling to survive in a city marked by petty turf wars and starvation. In a world devastated by a pandemic that spares only the young, she needs a reason to go on living, knowing that she, like the other survivors, will die before her twenty-first birthday.
When she meets a smart and sexy urban forager, it seems things are looking up. She and her friend Leila are invited to move into the luxurious Regency Hotel, where a group of teens and children have organized themselves for survival. But Cassie soon realizes everyone has a secret and no one is really safe. Worst of all, the youngest children are being kidnapped and sold to a mysterious new group on the scene, some of whose leaders look suspiciously like grownups.
If the adults aren’t all dead, where are they hiding, and what do they want with the children? Is it true that there might be a cure for Telo? Cassie and her new friends must find out before more people disappear and before they all die of the same disease that got them into this fix in the first place.
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on July 16, 2012 :
I truly enjoyed this book. The author wrote the book with enough detail that you can actually envision groups of people acting that way, if there ever was a catastrophic event. These children are being tortured by the world and in the end they die in a horrific way. But there are some that take what they are handed and make a whole new life, only to have death knock on their door.