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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mix of forbidden romance, drama, and danger; OK for teens.

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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Very interesting

There are a few swear words, but it is appropriate enough so it is OK. The romance is not too geeky either. There is a lot of violence, but there are good role models and messages. It gives you some scientific facts as well. I recommend it!!
age 11+

11 and up!

It is a really good dystopian book so i really recommend it!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (54 ):

Teen readers will be drawn into this book's exciting premise and its mix of romance, high drama and danger. If citizens get "infected" by love, government regulators drag them, kicking and screaming to poke at their brains until they don't care about anyone anymore. Yikes. If readers stay focused on Lena and Alex's star-crossed romance, they are in for a great ride. Those who try to follow the whys and hows of the making of this society will find the unanswered questions keep on coming. They will wish the author had taken more time to flush-out her dystopian backdrop.

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