Sunday, 30 June 2013

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Viral Nation
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Viral Nation(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, Berkley Trade, and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Clover is looking forward to starting school at ‘The Academy’, when because of her dog, she instead gets sent to ‘The Company’ and gets enlisted instead.
Clover is autistic, and for some reason the people at ‘The Academy’ believe that she will be well suited to being a ‘Time Mariner’ – someone who goes two years into the future and brings back news to the present day on a regular basis. Clover isn’t sure about her new job, but she doesn’t really have a choice in the matter.

When she sees a friend in the future and he helps her, and then gives her important information about her brother, she’s not sure what she’s supposed to do.
Her brother West is going to kill someone, which means he’ll get arrested for it before it actually happens. The problem is that even though they’ve got warning, he can’t go into hiding because he needs ‘The Suppressant’ a daily injection that stops people from dying of this deadly virus.
Why is West going to kill this girl? Can they save her? And can they save him?

This book just bored me, and Clover was so whiney it was annoying.

Clover irritated the hell out of me. I don’t mean to be nasty to someone who has a disability, but she just wouldn’t stop whining! She just went on and on and on, about the stupid dog, about the stupid academy, about anything(!) until I just wanted to slap her. I mean seriously – stop with the whining! Please!

The whole going into the future, finding out who will commit a crime, and then arresting them beforehand reminded me really strongly of the film ‘Minority Report’, and I didn’t really like that either. Talk about robbing people of their own free will! If you don’t give people the chance to change, then they never will.

There was too much going on in the storyline for me – the virus, this whole academy/company thing with Clover, the visits to the future, the blo*dy dog, the possible murder and a whole heap of other stuff. The problem was that I just felt nothing for the characters (other than them annoying me), and really didn’t feel anything but boredom and annoyance over the storyline, which made this book seriously hard work for me.
The ending was a little bit more interesting, but it did end with what seemed very much like the opening for the next book. Suffice to say, that I will not be reading any more of these, I’ve had enough.
Overall; a post apocalyptic, ‘Minority Report’ like YA mystery, with a really whiney main character.
4 out of 10.


  1. Whiney, eh? Not so crazy about that myself. Still not sure about this one:) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hmm. This doesn't look like my thing, anyway so I doubt I'll read it.

  3. Well this sucks. I was excited for this book. I really hate whiney characters though. Sounds life this one is not for me. Thanks for the heads up.