Viral Nation

Viral Nation

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 21mm | 275g
  • Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0425265137
  • 9780425265130
  • 400,630

About Shaunta Grimes

Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada.
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984 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 26% (252)
4 36% (351)
3 26% (254)
2 9% (93)
1 3% (34)

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The idea of an autistic heroine was quite appealing. It is unconventional, original and I was curious to read about Clover Donovan in this post epidemic world. She did not disappoint. Clover is an amazing character that was full bodied, believable and very well thought out in this novel. Her condition allowed her to do what others could not do - time travel - but this talent was also being exploited. The consequences of this exploitation are still unseen, and I am sure the conspiracy theories hinted at will be blown wide open in upcoming installments of this series, I am sure. The time traveling aspect threw me though. Where there was nothing lacking in the character explorations in this book, the plot was surprisingly a little vague in some areas... or maybe I just didn't get it. It was a little confusing, but then I imagine it would be. I had to watch The Butterfly Effect movie a couple of times to fully grasp what was going on, so maybe it's just my brain on this one. I enjoyed the beginning, and the action packed middle where things really begin to unravel. But the latter part of the novel left me wanting. Though there were some hard core scenes that I didn't see coming, it felt surprisingly anti-climatic. I did struggle through the end. But my love for Clover did not diminish one bit, and I think that she made this novel shine. Would I continue with the series? Another one where I stand on the fence. Not opposed to it, but not freaking out about grabbing the next book. But I did enjoy the writer's style and her use of a character that had some limitations, but was the most courageous of the whole bunch in my more
by Lily
Viral Nation starts with us seeing the devastation that follows a wide spread virus. Millions of people are dying a slow and agonising death. Two men travel forward and get the miracle cure but it's not so much a cure as it is a suppressant. People will have to have a dose everyday for the rest of their lives or the virus will come back. Each city has walled of their areas and have Time Mariners who travel two years into the future to bring back information on what's happened in that time. This allows them to stop or prevent future crimes so every place is virtually crime free. Clover is an autistic girl and West, her brother, looks after her. Their mother died of the virus and their father works as an executioner. Clover has a service dog, Mango, who helps her calm down and relaxes her when she gets over whelmed. She has always dreamed of going to the academy but they won't accept her dog. She is drafted to the Time Mariners and during one mission she finds out her brother is in danger and is accused of murder, a crime punishable by death. Clover must do everything in her power to save him. Viral Nation is an intriguing and different book. I loved the fact that Clover is the main character and even though she has a disability it doesn't stop her from doing what needs to be done. Clover and Wests relationship was another thing I loved. They have such a strong bond and will do anything for each other. This book dragged me into the story right from the start. It was so easy to connect with all the characters, even the secondary ones. It flowed from page to page and I had such a hard time putting it down. The world the author created was something I'd hope never to experience. People have to be dosed everyday and everything is monitored. Is everything as it seems or are people hiding secrets? Who do you trust? The only flaw in a truly great book was the time travelling element. The idea that you can only travel 2 years forward was unique but it was done poorly at times. When they started on about the time travelling and the time loops etc I found myself skimming it. It was sometimes confusing. Other wise its a truly great story with unique characters. I look forward to more from this more
by natalie cleary
(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 more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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