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A solid start to a series that sometimes falls under horror and sometimes falls under science fiction. I...am still not sure how I actually feel about Plague Land, though. It's an interesting premise of what happens when we're attacked by an intelligent super virus. The first half of the book is littered with descriptions of how the virus attacks humans and animals. Over and over again it is vividly pictured and it is nightmare-inducing. Cleverly done, and when a book gives me nightmares I have to give it props. However, it is geared towards 14+. People die, frequently. And no one is safe. Because of this, though realistically gruesome and nondiscriminatory, I downgraded a star. This is not for kids. Just because our main protagonist is a 17 year old doesn't mean that sensitive, younger kiddos should read this "young adult" novel.
The last star was taken off because no one is fleshed out. Ha... once you read the book you'll totally understand why saying that sentence now has a horrible, terrible new meaning for me. Regardless, you don't really get to know the workings of anyone. You know some of their backgrounds like divorce and sickness, but you never really end up attaching to anyone. But in an apocalyptic world, no one has time to delve into the deep parts of anyone else's psyche.
THAT ENDING THOUGH. It definitely leaves you on a "what the....?!" note. It is brilliant. I will be coming back for more from this series because I have to know exactly where this is all going.
Thank you to NetGalley, Alex Scarrow, and Sourcebooks Fire for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.