Author: Yvonne Ventresca.
Published: May 6th 2014 by Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
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 Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn't about to get any better.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 neighbours 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.
I like how quickly Lil acts when she orders even more food and survival products before the stores are empty. It was clever of her, but unfortunately, that’s the only good thing I liked about her. Most of her other actions made me shake my head. I don’t want to go into details, because I think you must find things out by yourself, but going out and meeting several people when you are warned.. I would lock myself up and try to avoid human contact – and that was something I expected from such a prepared girl. Instead, she wanders around on the street and she goes into a house with a corpse.
Lil was already hoarding stuff to deal with a traumatic happening. She became obsessed with outbreaks and her father is feeding that obsession by giving her information from his work. It seems strange that he isn’t more careful when it’s clear that Lil has lost her way. The whole situation for extra background didn’t add anything to the story.
The same for the somewhat love-triangle, which felt forced and out of place. Lil has to deal with her ex-boyfriend, who doesn’t know the real reason behind their break-up, and a new guy who likes her. Jay (the new boy) is kind. I liked his presence in the story and I could have shipped him with Lily if it was in another situation. But, I went into the story hoping to get chaos, panic and tension. We do get a little of that, but the unnecessarily storylines overpowered it.. When all the stores are empty and the streets are filled with burglars, I felt the unsafely situation for the characters. The loneliness Lil feels, because her parents are trapped on their work-trip, was well-done. I just wish the outbreak was the main focus.
The whole world is hit by the Blue Flu, but some things didn’t seem right and were brushed aside. The Flu is supposed to attack people between 5 and 50, instead of the normal age groups. Most of the times babies/kids and older people are the ones to go first. This time, it’s different because of? That’s right. There is no explanation and I tried thinking of a reason. The only thing is a mutation, but it still doesn’t make sense. Those age groups are always the first to go, because their immune system isn’t good enough. There is no way that this virus was any different..
So there you go. A book with such a cool idea and, but it fails to deliver. I was so excited for it, since I’m doing Infection diseases and we’ve talked about epidemics/pandemics a lot..