I love that I can continue following authors that I have read when I first fell in love with reading! I read one of Marieke’s first novels years ago, and I’m so excited to be able to read her latest installment!
Thank you Sourcebook Fire for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist. Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day…they don’t show up. But when the teens band together to make a break from the facility, they encounter soldiers outside the gates. There’s a rapidly spreading infectious disease outside, and no one can leave their houses or travel without a permit. Which means that they’re stuck at Hope. And this time, no one is watching out for them at all. As supplies quickly dwindle and a deadly plague tears through their ranks, the group has to decide whom among them they can trust and figure out how they can survive in a world that has never wanted them in the first place.
I feel like it’s my duty to immediately share with you that Marieke writes some seriously emotional books! In a good way, of course! This is kind of like an apocalyptic/dystopian novel, at least in my opinion. I actually love those kind of settings! I think the drama really captivates me. This was way more action-packed than some of her previous novels, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s just something I wasn’t expecting! It’s not a happy, wrapped up fairy tale ending, but I never expect that in Marieke’s novels. I highly recommend going into this novel with anything more than this information, because that would make this read all the more entertaining for you.