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The Cure [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Erickson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"One life will make the difference." Macey Holsinger has heard that promise for as long as she can remember. But it hasn't saved anyone yet, not even her little brother.

Little is known about the disease, except that it’s a rapid and absolute killer. Countless lives have been claimed in the last hundred years, and government scientists are working hard to stop the spread through human experimentation. Testing has killed nearly as many people as the disease and, to Macey at least, it seems like they’re no closer to a cure.

At sixteen, conformity to the government’s idea of “sacrifice for the greater good” is a difficult concept for Macey. Shocked by how many aspects of life the disease controls, she faces her own testing reluctantly.

Macey feels alone as questions plague her about things that are simply a way of life for most. Questions no one else thinks to ask. Why is the quest for a cure reason enough to ban things like flags and freedom of expression? How can death be justified with more death? In the end, how much will the cure cost, and why is Macey the only one who thinks the price is too high?

Answers evade her until she's left with only one question… How much will she sacrifice in the name of the cure?

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  • File Size: 2321 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~Rebellious Macey~~ November 16, 2013
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Macey is in the 10th grade and interested in arts. She also gets into trouble with her art teacher for thinking outside of the box. A fellow student brings up a question about a picture in history class. That object was a flag which no one recognizes. An interesting portion of the story develops after that discovery by Macey.

The disease claims 75% of those left in the country. And, there isn't any known cure. The ruling authority has set up a system in which everyone must go and endure experiments at set intervals in the Facility. This system lasts until you reach the age of 60 (if you make it that long).

This story caught my attention because the teenagers are forced to grow up too soon. Most have lost at least one in their family while some have lost both of their parents.

It illustrates rebellion, compassion. love for family and friends and life complete with its ups and downs.

The characters are well defined, plot is excellent and the ending is super. I did have to think about the ending for awhile after I finished reading it. I figured out that it offers hope for one of the main characters and it really is a perfect ending.

Most highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The Cure is a gripping story of a girl in a future society where the population has been severely cut down by an incurable disease. The people must subject themselves to horrifying experiments for the 'greater good' to find a cure.

The outspoken Macey is trapped and limited by the government and begins to question the way things have been for years. She is surrounded by suffering, loss and clings tightly to her diminishing family and friends for strength. Macey's one creative outlet - art - becomes censored after she paints old symbols that are forbidden for unknown reasons to her. Stephanie Erickson has created an incredibly well rounded character in Macey - a young woman who is facing a very controlled future - who instead of submitting to the government like everyone else begins to challenge the justness of her world and make her own path, for however long she can. The society Erickson has built is fascinating and the suspense level is high throughout the entire novel.

The ending is extremely well done and thought provoking. The character of Macey develops from a rebellious argumentative girl to a incredibly brave woman who is forced to make decisions that could change everything. The Cure captured my attention and I couldn't put it down - to the point where I stayed up all night to finish. It is a must read from a brilliant young author.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young novelist hit the mark with this shot. November 20, 2013
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Stephanie Erickson's second novel is a natural for the Teen - Young Adult Market. I'm not in either category, but I couldn't put it down until the end. I loved it. Set 100 years in the future, it is the well told story of a perky, young high school Junior, Macey, struggling to maintain her creativity and independence and make sense of the world around her. It is a restricted society in which Every citizen is given a personal examination "date" by the "State" in an effort to attain a cure for a killer disease that afflicts the world.The examination itself can be fatal. When she turns 18 Macey is scheduled for her turn. And guess what happens?
Erickson maintains a steady, consistently controlled dramatic pace throughout. The result is a thoroughly refreshing reading experience.. an original concept delivered with a realistic and consistent voice. Congratulations to this young novelist!.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, I truly couldn't put it down! March 12, 2014
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I started it for some 'light reading' before bed, and managed to read through the night until I finished. I am surprised, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. The story is one of our main character, Macey Holsinger, and her life leading up to her Date. The Date is just that, a date on the calendar, that everyone is given on their 16th birthday. The date is for no earlier than their 20th birthday, and on that date, every 10 years, they must go to the government for testing. Testing to find the cure of 'the disease'. The disease, that's been around for over a hundred years (I don't remember exactly how long) but no cure has been found. American's freedom has become less free...all in the name of the cure.
There are twists that you kinda see coming, but twists nonetheless in the story as well.

I found the story line interesting, and the way the author has described this new America, I thought she was on to something. The way Macey thought outside the box that the government put her in, the author was definitely on the right track...then she slipped. Not far, but, slipped nonetheless. She could have done SOOOOOOO much with this idea, and she already had a great foundation. The characters were well thought out, and relationships formed between the reader and each character to the point that when one dies, I'm bawling my eyes out. The author was >thisclose< and then she seemed to quit. I felt like she just decided to quit the book, and threw down an ending. It felt so rushed, I'm flipping back and forth on my kindle, searching up the book online, trying to figure out where the rest of it went. As much as it pains me, I have to say that the ending was so off-putting I'm not sure if I want to read anything else by her. She raised my hopes so high...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well done!
Stephanie Erickson has a true gift. I was submerged into Macey's world from chapter 1, sending me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Read more
Published 23 days ago by JoAnna Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dystopian
I really enjoyed the author's dystopian vision. It was an interesting plot development and Macey is a quirky and likeable character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jami
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly enjoyable
I found this story to be quite the page turner and enjoyed immensely. It was written very well utmost accommodations to the author for shear excellence. -a young reader
Published 3 months ago by Josh Moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story Unlike Any Other
The Cure by Stephanie Erickson starts out like all dystopian society books out there. Something has flipped North America upside down, and turned it into a twisted society with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Literary Connoisseur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Surprising ending would recommend to friends for reading
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Slavent
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent early outing
Not bad, but took too long to get to the real meat of the story. By the time the heart of the story finally unfolded, I was ready for it to be finished. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jason Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet
Kind of expensive for a book that I was able to read in a single afternoon, but I enjoyed it so much that I'm glad I spent the $3. Will read her other book too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roselyn Jewell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well written and a provocative subject!
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars nice progress
After her first book, the blackout, I was unsure of buying this one.. This was much more refined, the thought flow and pace was much more inviting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel with a cause.
A rebel with a cause is what I would call Macey. If you've read any of the reviews, you know the gist of what The Cure is telling us. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dingy Deb
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More About the Author

Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition.

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 4 projects planned for 2015. Her latest release, The Dead Room, is now available. The Unseen Trilogy continues in June with Unforgiven.

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.

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