Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Sun Publishing
Date of Release: March 3, 2015
Pages and Format: 282 pages; eBook.
“Six years ago, a highly contagious virus wiped out more than ninety-nine percent of the country’s population. The only person to contract the virus and survive, Cricket fled her identity and the safety of New Caelum, an airtight city. Now eighteen, she watches the city where the wealthy cocooned from the devastating outbreak. When the city’s rumbling incinerator wakes her one night while she and her friends are camping just beyond the city walls, she alone knows what the fiery machine means: the lethal virus is back.
Only eighteen, Westlin Layne is already being groomed to succeed his mother as New Caelum’s next president. Suddenly West’s sister develops symptoms of the deadly virus thought to be eradicated years ago. Placed under quarantine, the president confesses to West a long-held secret: Christina Black, West’s childhood friend and first love, survived the virus, and her body alone holds the precious antibodies to save his sister.
Now West must leave the city to find Christina. But Cricket has no intention of being found.”
Despite finding the book to be a little slow at the start, I found as time went on that Emerge began to get better. Especially the mad rush to heal West’s sister Willow.
You really feel for Cricket; finding out that she is a survivor of the Samael Strain. Her parents may or may not be alive, no one knows. Her best friend is locked up in a hospital like bubble and doesn’t know she is alive. And her immunity to the Samael Strain is failing. What a roller coaster ride she has been on.
There seemed to be a little lack of world building. Even if it’s on our planet Earth, a dystopian truly needs to express the loss of what we consider normal today. I just felt that there were questions I had like “how did the people outside of New Caelum survive?” I hope that in the next book that the world building is a bit more.