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Supposedly, Ivy had the plague but was cured by moving in with her aunt and finding God. We're not quite sure that's what happened for most of the book, but by the end, the answer is clear.
You know, I always wonder how could there be unbelievers if and when the rapture occurs. If people disappear in the blink of an eye, it would be a pretty clear message, don't you think? It would convince me.
Anyway, Ivy lives in a fenced in compound with other believers cured of the plague. Even though the world is in the process of ending, she goes through all the usual teenage angst. She wants to have nice clothes and be pretty. Her aunt wants her to get a boyfriend, but she isn't interested until she meets a new guy to the camp. They have a chemistry between them, even though he is a non-believer.
Somewhere there is a non-functional government and a group called Pravda. Not much is told about Pravda, except they are evil and it seems they are searching for a cure to the plague. Maybe they created the plague. We don't know, but it seems a possibility. For whatever reason, they want Ivy. They seem to think her blood may hold the cure, although all the people in her community have been cured, so why doesn't Pravda want any of them?
Ivy is a good person. As any teenager, she cycles through emotions quickly. She is an enigma even to herself. She doesn't know why she does things or feels the things she does. She's a normal teenager, who just happens to have been healed by God during the apocalypse.
The book wasn't preachy, and I do want to read the next volume because I want to know what makes Ivy so special to these Pravda people. I also want to know which boy she chooses because she has two of them that are in love with her and she has feelings for both of them.
So, if you like apocalyptic books, but are thrown off by the Christian label, I wouldn't worry about it. This is a good story with a lot of mystery and suspense, interesting characters, and a post-apocalyptic world where you want to know what is going to happen next.
Elizabeth's zombies are fully functioning. They can eat, drink, walk, talk, and even work. They aren't brain dead and stiff armed and trying to eat your brain. What's more is they can be healed! As long as they're receptive to the Cure. Sadly, as in our current society, most aren't. Even when they can visibly see the healing, they chalk it up to something else and refuse to accept it.
INFEC†IOUS is absolutely, unarguably, and unapologetically a Christian book. There's no getting away from it. HOWEVER. It's also one that can appeal to just about anyone. Whether you're a seasoned Christian, a new believer, or a skeptic I honestly believe (as long as you enjoy a good paranormal/end of times story) that you'll find something you like in this one. It's fiction. It's really well-written fiction.
INFEC†IOUS is engaging, interesting, creative, and just all around well done. Elizabeth does a great job reaching so many different levels and that's really impressive to me. There were so many things in this book that I could relate to, and so many more that I thought would be great for older teens and young adults.
On the faith front, I love how realistic it is. Even though they've seen some pretty extraordinary things, they still struggle, they still stumble. It's still hard. It isn't healed and done. You have to want it. This is just so well written, I could go on and on, but I'm afraid I've given away too much already!
On the general fiction front, I love the little ways life doesn't change. Even at the end of the world teenage girls like to shop and little old ladies scold on manners. Even the struggles can be related to our current ones. Everything is covered and explained so well. She does a great job of balancing the ho-hum every day of life with the excitement and drama of the situation going on around them.
Overall, I love this book and am so glad I gave it a shot, despite my fears, and can not wait to get started on the next one! I highly recommend this one! However, this does leave you on a cliffhanger, just so you know.