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The Diseased Ones by Danielle Harrington - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway



The Diseased Ones

Danielle Harrington

(The Hollis Timewire Series, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 8th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

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 that 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.

My Review
The Diseased Ones is the first book in a new YA dystopian series that follows 16 year old Hollis Timewire as she discovers she's not a normal girl.
In Hollis's world, people are expected to show no emotion. Emotion is bad. Emotion causes war. To be a citizen of the world, one must learn to lock their emotions way and never take them out again.
At 16, there is a Test that must be passed before becoming an official citizen. It should be easy. It should be simple. But for Hollis, it's the end of everything she knows.
Labeled as a Diseased One, Hollis must go into hiding, where she starts to realize maybe everything about her world is a lie. Maybe, just maybe, the emotionless citizens of her world are the bad guys. But how far will Hollis go to uncover the truth?
I found the concept of the story reminded me a bit of the Cybermen from Doctor Who. They're basically humanoids/cyborgs who view emotions as weak and are constantly trying to engineer other humans into emotionless robots. While not quite the same, the government in this book were similar because they view emotions as bad.
I also liked that the Diseased Ones were people who had powers. They could teleport, create fire with their hands, had super speed, etc. It was fascinating to learn which character had which power and what they could do with it.
The one thing that irked me most, though, was Hollis. I understood why she was reacting the way she was, but she irritated the heck out of me constantly. And what she did at the end... ugh. Made me so angry. She may be the main character, but she's my least favorite person so far (besides one other person).
The Diseased Ones is a well-written dystopian novel that has nicely fleshed out characters who you want to be friends with. The premise is unique, and I rather enjoyed the story.
I'm giving it 4 stars. Can't wait for book two!

Author Bio:
Danielle Harrington is a high school chemistry teacher with a passion for the pen and a knack for storytelling. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Biola University, and although she’s a hardcore science nerd, she’s always been a lover of the arts.
She grew up acting and singing and has turned her love for drama into writing. Danielle lives vicariously through her characters and considers it great fun because she “gets to play all the parts”.
Danielle lives in LA with her husband, Steven, and her two cats, Moose and Turtle. She is working on a four book young adult dystopian fiction series, and she’s beyond thrilled to be launching her debut novel, THE DISEASED ONES, through Acorn Publishing.

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