I scanned my surroundings, surveying the dilapidated, deserted city. The same broken cars, buildings, and roads that were once normal pieces of society flooded my vision. Roads and buildings overgrown by trees, weeds and any other vegetation that wanted to reclaim the land. I always thought it would take longer than a year to erase anything and everything the human race was once proud of.
Infected by Jessica Gomez is set in a dystopian world where the majority of the world’s population either died or became an "infected" during "the flash". A lot of the people who survived the flash were attacked and killed by the "infected" and other survivors. The infected turn into violent beings, attacking and killing anything they see. Lillian, the main character, was one of the lucky few to have survived the flash and as she makes her way across the country she encounters some not so nice people determined to rule this new world anyway they see fit. She finally meets James who seemed to know that he would be meeting Lillian and her daughter Azami and that it would be safe to take them in. Together the three of them live in a tree for around a year and formulate a plan to travel to Oregon where James has heard there are tunnels you could live in with all natural resources. They meet up with some wonderful people once they arrive, but just when she starts to feel safe and happy again, a viscous attack threatens to ruin it all.
I enjoyed the story as it shows humanity at its best and its worst and shows that sometimes people do very bad things for the right reasons. The writing was very descriptive and you can close your eyes and imagine this broken world she now lives in. I was very interested to read how they used the tunnels to survive by using all natural resources to grow food, cook food, have baths etc.
I would recommend Infected to young adults as well as adults and anyone who enjoys dystopian stories will surely enjoy this story and not be able to put it down until the end.
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available format: ebook and print (348 pages)
published: March 2015
genres: science fiction, dystopian, post-apocalyptic
target audience: Adults
read: March 2015
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