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THE DISEASED ONES Book Review

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The Diseased Ones by Danielle Harrington, Book 1 of The Hollis Timewire Series, eBook, 238 pages

From GoodReads: Life is easy in 2647, unless you're a Diseased One... On the morning of her 16th birthday, Hollis Timewire receives the worst possible news She can't become a citizen of the world. She's a Diseased One. Born with a biomarker that bestows dangerous, brain-altering powers, Hollis is forced to hide underground with other Diseased Ones, who believe the government falsified history to cover up their genocide. Now Hollis must discover the truth, and is willing to risk anything, including her powers, to go back home.

This was like a battle between The Capital (Hunger Games) and Dauntless (Divergent). Hollis Timewire grows up as a society member. It is of great importance that emotions are kept in check, physical touch is kept to a minimum amongst family members and is non-existent with others. At the age of 16, all children go to the testing center to be tested for a biomarker. If they don't have it, they pass. If they do have, they are labeled a Diseased One and no one really knows what happens to those kids because it is very rare to fail the test. Until Hollis...without giving too much away, Hollis finds that there is a whole community of "Diseased Ones" living their lives. They express emotions, they touch their friends, she is so overwhelmed and conflicted. She wants to be with her family but at the same time is learning to open up and embrace her feelings but ultimately, what will she decide to do? Will she stay with her new family or try to make her way home? Truly a great story. As Danielle's debut novel I feel like she hit it out of the park. I can't wait to read the rest of the series because if you make it to the end...you will want to jump right into the next book. I can promise you that. Ultimately the only reason this isn't a 5 star rating is because the text for the ebook was a gray color and I could not make the font darker and found it hard to read at times because of that. If I do find that it was 100% operator error and I just couldn't figure it out, then I will change my rating because this is a 5 star story! I can't wait to see what is up next for Hollis!

4.5/5 Stars

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