After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.
Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.
When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
About the Author:
Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada. Viral Nation is her debut traditionally-published novel.
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Ten Books that Had an Impact on Me
Nichole suggested that I write a post about my ten favorite books. Turned out, though, that I couldn’t pick ten favorites. It felt so weird to try! I thought, instead, that I’d just tell you guys about ten books that had an impact on me one way or the other.
Here they are, in no particular order (I can’t play favorites!):
- The Stand by Stephen King: My dad gave me this book for my thirteenth birthday and it literally blew my mind wide open. I’ve read it several times over the years and it never fails to surprise me in some way.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: I took this book out of the library when I was ten. It was my first foray into the grown-up section, and I really don’t know what possessed me to lug the biggest book I could find up to the check-out counter. I do know that I started reading it at the bus stop, and a couple of hours later my terrified mother came looking for me and found me still sitting on the bench with my nose buried in Tara.
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: My sixth-grade class watched this movie in my elementary school’s auditorium. I begged my mom to take me to the library before we went home that day to find the book. I fell in love with Ralph Macchio and Robert Frost in equal parts that year.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book wasn’t around when I was a kid. That doesn’t keep it from being one of the most perfect books I’ve ever read.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: For years, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was my favorite movie. Then I read the novella and the movie lost all it’s luster. The book is that good. Really, it is.
- A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I found this book at a garage sale for a quarter when I was in high school. I fell into the world she created.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander came into my life at a time when I desperately needed a little escape.
- Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews: The same year I read The Stand, my step-mother started reading this series. She bought each new book as it came out and I read each as soon as she put it down.
- Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going: I know exactly how I want people to feel after they read my books. Like I did when I read this one.
- The Postman by David Brin: I love this book so much. It’s one of the best dystopian stories I know of.
I’m offering up two of my copies of Viral Nation. One ARC and one finished copies will be open to U.S. Residents Only.
The giveaway will run from July 3rd to July 10th