The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.
But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?
Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.
Oh lordy this is one powerful book for sure. This book had me in tears at least 6 different times throughout it. This a very strong story, it pulls you into the main character and grows making you love so many different characters.
Emmott is such an amazing strong rebellious and loving character. These are all qualities she doesnt see herself as having. All she wants to do is run away from this little village everyone stays in forever.
But then the whole town is quarantined and everyone starts dying, the man she loves betrays her,and her dad becomes ill. She meets aidan one of the guys in the hazmat suits and he befriends her being there for her, trying to help her, breaking the rules.
Aidan oh Aidan what a wonderful caring character, he also sounds absolutely delicious for a guy hiding in a hazmat suit. haha. He quickly becomed emmott's rock. I just love him. He is a perfect match for Emmott and exactly what she needs in her life.
Ro is definitely the character you love to hate. Because I seriously want to kill him multiples times. When he betrays emmott I just want to strangle him and torture him for eternity.He is the worst sort of character. But every book needs a bad guy and he is definitely that. I didnt like him at the beginning of the book either when the author first introduced him.
This is one amazing author and after looking at some of her other titles i am very curious to read some of them they look great.
5 stars if i could give it more I definitely would.
I’m a curious cat and I’m fascinated by human behavior and what makes people tick.
I love fish-out-of-water stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, especially if those situations delve into the unexplained.
I love digging up nuggets of history—not the vast sweeping stories of events that changed the world, but the personal stories of people making their way through life while history happened around them.
Like many of my characters, I grew up in the north of England. Although my hometown of Sheffield is a big city, I fell head-over-heels in love with the surrounding countryside and spent most of my early years outdoors.
In school, I became my county’s orienteering champion, which means I was a whizz at navigating with a map and compass, and thrashing my way through mud and brambles.
These days, you’re more likely to find me riding my bike at the beach or running (slowly) the trails near my home in California.
I’ve always loved adventure. My first expedition happened when I was two years old and I escaped through a gap in the fence around my family’s house. Ever since, I’ve loved exploring, whether that means heading into the woods for a hike, traveling to new countries, learning a new skill, or escaping into a great book.
Some of my favorite adventures include hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, climbing a via ferrata in Italy, feeding a rhinoceros at the zoo, seeing elephants in the wild, performing in a play, teaching myself to play the bagpipes, learning to cook Indian food, canoeing down a river, and bicycling around Ireland.
Despite my love of adventure, most days you’ll find me in slippers, writing.
In my house, I am the fixer of all things broken and guardian of the bathtub spiders. I’m lucky enough to share my home with my lovely husband, and Felicity, my seriously over-indulged (and very curious) cat. (less)