When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living
I really enjoyed this book. It had an interesting premise that there is a virus that kills kids and the kids that survive are gifted with abilities. Instead of being grateful that their children survived all the adults put the kids in concentration like camps. In my opinion this book had three sides: the camps, an organization that has particular motives for rescuing the children, and the children that managed to avoid both the camp and the organization. This was one of the first times I read a book where there was no clear-cut bad guy. Evil was all around in this story. I liked Ruby but she could be frustrating at times. A lot of the character, in particular Ruby and Liam seemed to change the minds about how they felt about things constantly. Also, I think the self punishment for both those character may have been overdone. I think a lot more character depth could have been done with all the character and perhaps a stronger romance. The book’s ending made me so sad. Overall the concept of the book is really good and I would recommend it. It’s very similar to the Gone series by Michael Grant.
The next book in the series is due out around December 2013.