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Published by Dancing Cat Books Genres: Dystopia
Source: First Reads
London, England, present day. This is the world as we know it, but with one key difference: medical science has found a way to remove diseases from the sick. The catch? They can only transfer the diseases into other living humans. The government now uses the technology to cure the innocent by infecting criminals.
It is into this world that Talia Hale is born. Now sixteen and the daughter of a prime ministerial candidate, she discovers that the effort to ensure that bad things happen only to bad people has turned a once-thriving community into a slum, and has made life perilous for two new friends.
When Talia’s father makes an election promise to send in the police to crack down on this community, Talia can only think of how much worse things will be for her friends. Will she defy her father to protect them, even if it means costing him the election?
Transferral, the debut from Kate Blair, is a chilling look at a world gone wrong because of its efforts to do right.
I didn’t mean to read this book when I did. I picked it up from my desk and started reading the first page. Just to gauge whether I wanted to read it on Christmas Day, you see. Except that first page turned into the first chapter, which turned into the next three chapters. By the time Christmas Dinner had started I’d managed to read this entire book in stolen snatches of time from my hectic Christmas Day. I don’t regret it. This was a fantastic book.
The basic premise of transferral of illness to criminals is one I had never heard of before, making it unique as well as entertaining. I’ve read many dystopian stories, and this one is chilling in how easily it makes sense that this would happen. As a mother, I would often give anything to take on the illness of my children when they’re sick. Take that to an extreme level where that illness could be given to someone who had broken the law… I could see something like that happening if we had the technology.
Kate Blair exposes the other side of that kind of technology, the side where criminals suffer much more than they should have, where there is no treatment for the ill because there is this idea that they deserve it. It’s a terrifying alternate universe. I don’t want to say too much more for fear of giving away the book, but this is definitely one you should give a chance to.