The story beings with the protagonist Genesis Weatherby, who by all means portrays a typical teenager except that everyone including herself is a clone of someone maybe famous or not famous. For decades, the GOD has manufactured code-regenerations from people who were not a victim to cancer. Originals are considered illegal and must be feared as they may reintroduce the disease in the cancer-free society. Nothing seems to be abnormal until Genesis (Genny) meets the new transfer in her school, Nat Wilkinson, from Britain. It is only then that things start to change and Genesis is left questioning everything she had known since her birth.
Tied together by a bond that is keeping them together, will Genny and Nat succeed in their plan to save one child at a time or will they soon be visiting the GOD?
For starters, readers will be too stunned to even compliment on the beauty of the story. Once they pull themselves together, they will find that Hagan has delivered a smashing hit. Brilliantly spinning the life of a very horrifying yet realistic portrayal of humankind, Hagan has tried her hand at writing a dystopian novel set in the future to tell her readers how imperfect the world is. This unique and fresh approach filled with romantic moments, bone-chilling suspense, action and adventure, the Cure has something for everyone.
Well suited for all ages from 12 onwards, Hagan has marked her territory and is the one to watch out for with her upcoming publications.
Genny is the clone of a once-famous, silent film star, but unlike her peers,she doesn't strive to live her life following in the footsteps of the womanwhose DNA she shares. Then Genny meets Nat, who also feels the same way aboutliving his own life in his own terms, rather than doing what is expected of himbased on his cloned genetics. The two of them begin to question this system ofcontrolled families, run by the Genetics Operating Division (also known as GOD).The system was created as a cure to cancer, but Genny and Nat discover thatthere are much more sinister things going on behind the scenes. Their plot todisrupt GOD's plans could also have disastrous consequences, not only for themand their families and friends, but also to the human race in general. But ifthey sit back and do nothing, a lot of innocent lives will be in danger ofGOD'S power. The choice is not too difficult for them, so they set out to fightGOD in the only way they know possible.
It might sound like a book filled with very heavy topics, and for the mostpart, it is. However, what I loved most about The Cure was the subtleways in which humor was incorporated into the text, especially in the beginningof the book. This humor definitely sets a nice, light mood to the story beforethe book gradually becomes more serious and gets to the heavy, ethical issues.All of the characters introduced at the beginning of the book are clones ofpeople from the past; with a plot set in the future, the past is sometimestoday's present. Genny's dad, for example, is a clone of the historical actorwith an amazing voice, Morrison Freedman. And her little brother is a clone ofa man known for his musical talents and original dance moves, Elson Priestley.As a native of Memphis, I highly appreciated the Elvis references, and I couldnot stop laughing as I pictured an eight-year-old with great hair calling allthe ladies "mama" and referring to Nat as Genny's "burnin'hunka-love." I can't even write this sentence right now without laughingout loud.
As far as any negatives go, I have to stretch to find any. A few times in thestory, I felt like Genny and Nat were rushing into things without carefullyplanning or fully thinking about the consequences of their actions.Additionally, they fell in love way too fast for my personal tastes. However,in the end, their irrational behavior is what I think made the story feel evenmore authentic. They are young (seventeen and eighteen-years-old) and thinkthey have the whole world figured out already. They're optimistic that they canchange the world, even though they have no clue what they are doing. I wasexactly the same way when I was that age, so this characterization makes thestory even more believable, despite the fact that this is a completelyfictional story.
In the end, my negative points were not so negative after all. Due to the greatstory-line, excellent characterization, thought-provoking topics, and justall-around fun-to-read book, I give The Cure a rating of 4 outof 4 stars. If we're lucky, there might just be a sequel, as the ending wasopen enough that there could certainly be more to come. I would recommend thisbook to those who enjoy YA romance or dystopian stories.
--ALynn Powers, Online Book Club.org