Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak - her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey - Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the incident” at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
My experience is based on the audiobook.
I found out about this book through a Facebook group. I was intrigued by the synopsis and wanted to give it a try. When I found out that I could upgrade to audio I knew I had to do. I was blown away by the narrator. She did such a fantastic job and was the perfect voice. She had that sweet young sounding voice that was necessary for this story. It was perfect casting.
My favorite character is Lilanna of course. She is a great protagonist because she is well balanced. She has her quirks and flaws but overcomes them to become a better person. I found that to be refreshing that despite her misfortunes she raises above them. It was a joy to read and felt like pure honesty. I also loved the character of Jay. He was always pushing Lilanna to open up and was quite a force during the book.
I usually tell my part of the story at this point but I really can't do that because it would be a spoiler so I'm just going to drop a vague hint. Lilanna made a big decision about medication towards the end. I loved that moment because she shown how much she had grown from the beginning. She became selfless instead of selfish which is a common teenage problem.
There were some tough topics in this book which is nice to see some other issues that are being brought to life. It also showed all the different consequences that come from being honest with adults. I liked to read that and felt it was realistic.
I appreciated all aspects of this book and definitely will be recommending it to all my dystopian loving friends. This is the first book I have read from this author and I plan on reading more of her work.