- Series: Viral Nation (Book 2)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (July 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425268128
- ISBN-13: 978-0425268124
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Viral Nation
“Shaunta Grimes delivers. Unforgettable characters and a story you’ll not want to put down.”—C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series
“Gripping…heart-wrenching and exhilarating, Viral Nation will leave you desperate for more.”—Emily McKay, author of The Farm
“A unique dystopian world, a fierce and loveable main character, a group of Freaks that might change the world, written in simple and lovely prose…Once you enter Clover’s world, you won’t want to leave.”—Books, Bones & Buffy
“Viral Nation is not a book you want to miss.”—The Demon Librarian
“Really compelling…A unique dystopian novel.”—Feed Your Fiction Addiction
About the Author
Shaunta Grimes, author of Viral Nation, has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada.
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Quick & Dirty: A fast paced follow-up to Viral Nation that proved to be highly enjoyable, even though it at times felt like nothing much was happening.
Opening Sentence: The Kill Room smelled of mildew.
It’s been a few months since Clover Donovan first discovered the truth behind the Company. She’s back in the city with Jude, who’s continuing to try and help the Foster City kids, and only has brief contact with her brother – who the Company believes is dead – via computer. Everything changes when she discovers that Langston Bennett is planning on forcing her to work for him again. All of a sudden, she and Jude are faced with having to escape the city again. Escaping is only the beginning of their problems though. Langston has discovered where all the Freaks were hiding. Now, they have to find a new home before it’s too late. Will the rebellion end before it even has the chance to get started?
I enjoyed the first book in the series, so I was really looking forward to reading this one. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. This installment seemed to move just as fast as the first one and was very hard to put down. Despite that fact, as I look back on it, it really doesn’t seem like much happened in this one. It seemed to really serve more as filler and as a build up to the next book. I’m still giving it a high rating though because I easily found myself caught up in the world building, and I absolutely love some of the characters.
While we get perspectives from many characters throughout the book, I would still say Clover is meant to be the main character. As with the first book, I thought the portrayal of Clover’s autism felt true to life (although I admittedly have no experience with the condition, so take my word with a grain a salt). It was very interesting to see her navigating her relationship with Jude and adapting herself to it. While I didn’t always agree with some decisions she made, I could understand why she made them, rather than being annoyed at the decision, like I sometimes am with other heroines.
As much as I like Clover, I find myself most interested in the character of her father, James. He’s a very hard character to like, knowing how he’s been a completely absent father over the years. But I find mysel f really liking this path of redemption he seems to be on. I hope it continues in the third book!
There wasn’t any time travel in this one, which I kind of appreciated, since for some reason, trying to figure out time travel and all of its ramifications sometimes gives me a headache. I’m guessing that it will be back in the next book though, so I’m going to mentally prepare myself now.
All in all, this was a fast, entertaining read, even though it felt a little like filler. I love the characters, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with them again in the third book. Fans of the first book will definitely not be disappointed!
The Gun Room was already silent, but the quiet took on a different quality. What makes a girl kill her own father? James could hear the question in each man’s head.
“Jesus,” Ross whispered.
Where was the bell?
“You don’t know what you’re doing.” Her voice was stronger, less scared. “I wouldn’t have to kill him, if you did your job!”
Still no bell. How long had it been?
James kept his eyes on the girl’s red X. It was the same color as Jane’s old high-top sneakers, the pair Clover wore nearly every day, as if by doing so she could hold on to part of the mother she never knew.
No. This convict was a killer, no matter what she said her father deserved. She was not Clover. She was a monster, and it was his job to slay monsters when they ended up in his Kill Room. If the door didn’t open, and the warden didn’t give her pardon, then she was guilty. Beyond even the shadow of a doubt.
That was the system, and he believed in it even if he’d been temporarily blinded when it came to his son.
Christian shifted in his seat. “What do you think he did to her?”
“Shut up!” Mason said.
“But what if he-”
The bell finally rang and all five of them set their guns, responding like Pavlov’s dogs.
“I don’t like this,” Christian said, even though his gun was at the ready.
“I swear to God, you’re next if you don’t stop,” Mason said.
“She’s a kid,” Ross said. “Maybe Christian is right.”
“Do your damn job.”
“But don’t you ever wonder?”
“Will you both just shut it!” James had never heard any of his crew bicker like this. Not about the morality of their work, anyway, and certainly not seconds before firing their weapons.
The girl still looked at his window. Her breaths came fast, her chest heaving now that only one bell stood between her and her death. “Please,” she said. Cole made a soft noise next to James.
James didn’t realize that he was holding his breath and waiting for the Kill Room door to open again until he was forced to exhale.
The door didn’t budge.
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Rebel Nation. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Ok so when I grabbed this I was an idot and didn't know that it was a book two. So I tracked down a copy of book one read that and well devoured this book two!! O look at the cute puppy on the cover haha. Yes that is what drew me to this book.
I love this cover and well the story was even better.
This one picks up months after book one. Viral Nation and well it doesn't leave you hanging. It gets right into the thick of the story and your off running into the line of deadly fire.
the company plans on pulling out all the stops to get to Clover.
This is one of the best book twos I've read. It has heart stopping action and an addicting dystopian story. The world building was just wonderful and believable and the characters remain to excite me.
Go Into This One Knowing
chilling, thriling, twist, revelations, heart pounding choices will be made!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This YA dystopia novel is just as exciting as the previous book in this series. Rebel Nation is well-written, includes lots of nail-biting suspense, and has some...Read more