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Teenager Calla Ryan has had a tattoo on her arm since she was a baby, except that even her own parents have no idea where it came from. Unbeknownst to her, it is her link to her ancestry and her people. Daniel, the elder of the Northern Village, is the first to recognize it and the first to unlock the secrets of Calla’s past. In an overpopulated future, a malevolent government branch intends to strategically wipe out large segments of humanity, with the use of a viral weapon. When the weapon mutates, killing off half of earth’s inhabitants, Calla’s own genetic anomaly might be key in saving the remaining inhabitants of the Americas.
This is a fair and honest review provided in exchange for an ebook copy of Ravenous.
Ravenous is the debut novel of a promising author. It is set 100 years into the future, at a time when North America has become a single country - no more Canada, USA or Mexico. Food supplies are short, and the population is booming. Overweight children are sent by the government to fat camps for reeducation on their relationships with food. When Calla is sent to fat camp, she finds out it is not only the fat kids who've been sent there, and something is very wrong.
Meanwhile a virus has spread throughout the world, and hoards of starving "living zombies" - or lombies - are roaming the streets.
This is a YA dystopian novel that feels primarily as though written for a younger audience, although it does contain some mature content. I liked the plot, but found the writing style a bit too simplistic for my tastes.
Heidi Loney, has a great imagination and a ton of potential. Keep an eye on this author and her coming works.
About the author:
Heidi Loney lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Before beginning her writing career, Heidi studied theatre at Ryerson University and worked as a costumer in many of Toronto's theatres. She spends much of her time blogging, drinking coffee and crafting, not necessarily in that order.
You can connect with Heidi on her website,
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