Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
Dystopian, sci-fi, suspense, action and romance are perfectly blended to create PODs. Eva is a seventeen-year-old who is forced to leave her family behind to live in one of many PODs with a set of strangers, or stay behind, where death is her only fate. While in the PODs she creates a new little family all while trying to figure out how the virus started, who was behind picking the “chosen ones” and trying to get along with a variety of personalities.
After she is released from the PODs she tries to rebuild her new life in a broken world. She quickly realizes things are not what they seem and the virus may not be gone.
Pickett captures the raw emotions of a teenager ripped from her family, trying to find normalcy, and falling in love. You feel her grief and root for her until the end. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was not set entirely within the PODs. You get to learn what the world is like after a devastating virus, and how people rebuild. It was very fast moving and well thought out. I give this book, five out of five donuts.