When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
I was so excited when I received a copy of this book. I wanted to read it right away. Unfortunately after the first few chapters, I was having trouble. I did not like Ruby.
One of my bookish friends always try to tell me “but she redeemed herself in the end”.
Unfortunately that does not make up for all the crap I have to endure for the course of a book. I need at least something I can cling to and Ruby was just not that character.
Towards the end of the book, it got a little easier again and I enjoyed the storyline much more. I could see the trouble coming but the main characters were oblivious. When it hit, it was lots of action and lots of losses.
The ending was very sad with Ruby sacrificing all for the ones she love. At least you can be assured that there will be a sequel. We cannot leave the story hanging on that note!