Publisher: Dancing Cat Books
Released: October 24th, 2015
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: Review copy from publisher
London, England, present day. This is the world as we know it, but with one key difference: medical science has found a way to remove diseases from the sick. The catch? They can only transfer the diseases into other living humans. The government now uses the technology to cure the innocent by infecting criminals.
It is into this world that Talia Hale is born. Now sixteen and the daughter of a prime ministerial candidate, she discovers that the effort to ensure that bad things happen only to bad people has turned a once-thriving community into a slum, and has made life perilous for two new friends.
When Talia’s father makes an election promise to send in the police to crack down on this community, Talia can only think of how much worse things will be for her friends. Will she defy her father to protect them, even if it means costing him the election?
Transferral , the debut from Kate Blair, is a chilling look at a world gone wrong because of its efforts to do right.
Giving our illnesses to criminals as punishment? Kinda brilliant and creepy and evil all at the same time. Which make the basic premise of this book so fascinating to read about. I mean, there are clear advantages and disadvantages to this kind of criminal justice, and Blair tackles all of the issues while weaving a story about one girl trying to undo the harm she did.
This is my favourite kind of dystopia: the kind that makes the reader think about our current society. The parallels between between how this society treats its poor and criminals isn’t too far off from how we tend to deal with them. The stigma attached to having been arrested, the tendency for the poor to be arrested and given stiffer sentences than the rich and the privileged wanting to keep the “criminal element” in its place are all things that our current justice system and society have in common with the world that Blair paints so vividly.
The main character, Talia, is an interesting character. I never fell in love with her but I didn’t despise her either. She’s a poor little rich girl who genuinely wants to make things better and I enjoyed watching her thoughts on just what “better” means changing throughout the book. She definitely isn’t a static character.
The only issue I had was that to me the ending felt a little rushed. I would have liked to have seen a bit more after the climax.
This was a quick read for me and I devoured most of the book in one sitting. The story and the writing style kept me turning pages until the end.