Nine years ago, bombs hit the earth, in an event called The Detonation. These bombs disrupted molecular structures with nanotechnology to help speed up the recovery of the earth after the blast. But it also sped up DNA and excelled at self assembly of the cells, fusing them. After the detonation people found themselves fused to the earth, to each others, fused to inanimate objects like baby doll heads, glass, wires and metal. And some even fused to birds, their children, any thing they were close to when the bombs detonated. This is what the future looks like in this book.
The author is very descriptive with her unique world she
has portrayed. It is a dark world where everyone has some sort of
blemish. Whether it is a fused part, scars or burns they are the
wretches that live outside the dome. The dome is the only place that
people were able to escape the Detonation, they live without scars or
burns they are considered Pure to the outside wretches. But just because
they are pure doesn't mean every thing is perfect in the dome.
The book mainly center around two teenagers, Pressia and Partridge. Pressia only knows the days after the Detonation she can barely remember her life before it, she has a baby doll fused to her hand and scars and burns on her face. Partridge was lucky enough to be in the dome when the detonations hit. He has lived nine years there, but when his dad gives him clues that his mom might still be alive outside the dome, he finds himself wanting to go out there to find her.
There is so much
description, and twist and turns. I could barely take my eyes off this
book. It is so good. Each character has to endure some sort of hardship
throughout the book. Life is not easy for these characters. There is so
much going on and stories that intertwine with one another. According to
the Acknowledgments, the author took a lot of time to research
nanotechnology, medicine, communications and even effects of the atomic
bombs that dropped on Hiroshima. So it makes the book that much more
realistic and heart jerking at parts. I recommend this read to anyone.
If you liked Hunger games, or even Uglies you will probably like this