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This review is from: Code Orange (Hardcover)
This book takes place in New York City in present time. Mitty is a 15-year-old boy who thinks that life would be so much easier without school. The only reason that he makes himself go is Olivia. Mitty takes advanced biology, and he's not really sure why. His class is assigned to research a infectious disease using books as their textural references. If he does not make a good grade on this test, he'll go back down to regular biology. Mitty would be fine with that, but it would mean not being in Olivia's class. So he decides to do the project. He chooses Variola Major, commonly called smallpox. While researching, Mitty comes upon a envelope stuck in between the pages of a disease book. When he opens it he finds several, what he believes were once smallpox scabs from a 1920 epidemic. As Mitty is writing his paper, he describes what smallpox does to your body. I recommend not reading these parts on a stop-and-go bus ride on the way to school, it only makes it worse. At the end of the chapters, the author tries to scare you by implying that the scabs had gone into his nose, and were affecting Mitty. He himself can not decide if he actually has this disease which he and the rest of the world thought no longer existed, or if he is simply imagining it.
So, Mitty decides to email different medical committees and groups that he thinks he may have smallpox. These groups act in different ways, one person wants to buy the scabs, others think theirs no way the virus could last that long, and another threatens to call the FBI for joking about a terrorist threat. Mitty tries to make himself believe that he doesn't have small pox, but he can't help thinking he may cause a bioterrorist attack. It ends up that he thinks about killing himself, but actual terrorists kidnap him first. You still don't know if he actually does have small pox or not. I personally didn't think he did NOT, since the author had been hinting Mitty did.
Finally, Mitty pretends he has smallpox, slightly believing it himself, and the kidnappers believe him. He lures the kidnappers down stairs, and locks them in. He also breaks a pipe which releases carbon monoxide into the air. He manages to escape himself, just barely, and calls 9-1-1.
I found the book very enjoyable and fun to read. It was very suspenseful and very good. The only critique I have to make is the fact that reading about what would happen if someone with smallpox was a little too detailed and sickening.