When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has 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.Sorry, Alex, but I have to agree with your mom. That does look like magma.
Otherwise, though, this is an AWESOME cover and since I didn't even know Alexandra Bracken had another book in the works (really alert book blogger, aren't I?) this is doubly exciting. Mysterious diseases + a rehabilitation camp called Thurmond - really sounds evil, doesn't it? - and being used as a figurehead when you don't want to be are all amazing things to add into a YA novel.
You know, if you really want my opinion on what does and doesn't belong in YA lit.
What are your thoughts on the cover? Worth a read? (And did you see the cover for Alex's previous book, Brightly Woven? What did you think of that one? I thought it very fitting with the storyline.)