PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
What do the Presidents of the United States, Time Travel, a post-apocalyptic US, and autism have in common? The answer is in Viral Nation and it might surprise you. This is probably the most surprising book I’ve read this year. The story tells of Clover a sixteen year old highly functioning autistic girl and her family. In a world so removed from anything that we have today that it seems like something out of 1984 or the television series Revolution. But just like those stories this one has many familiar themes as well. Everything from the main character, to the direction the story was heading was very surprising. The story had a few interesting twists but just getting to know the characters in the book made it worth reading. If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, the Walking Dead, or even video games like the Last of Us. You will LOVE this book. It may well be the fastest 300+ pages you’ve read this year. It appears that Viral Nation is the beginning of a series. I can’t to see what other surprises Shaunta Grimes has in store of us.