Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos.
No contact with other people.
Masks must be worn in public at all times.
Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered.
Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.
Antidote is the debut novel from Taylor Hondos, and in a few ways… you can tell. But hear me out, because I really enjoyed this story and will absolutely be on the lookout for more from this fantastic debut author. Yes, there were places in the book that were a little clunky, and maybe some overused story elements, but throughout the entire story, from beginning to end Taylor’s (and by extension) Lena’s voice was so fresh. This didn’t feel like yet another dystopian novel that had been churned out to appease the masses. There was so much to enjoy here and I’ll be recommending this series to quite a few of the young readers who come through our doors in the coming months.
It took a little while for the story to get going, but once the plot started to come together I couldn’t put this down. (A big thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book). Dermadecatis is one creepy disease, and the society that has come together around it is dynamic and vibrant… while also being creepy. Hondos has obviously spent a lot of time considering how this new civilization would work. No one is willing to take any chances, and there is no clear cut line of good and evil, something I always love in a story!
As for the characters, I did enjoy Lena but hope we’ll get to really get to know her a bit more in coming books. Kaley was an early favorite of mine, though I can’t really point to why. And of course, we have to talk about Jared. He’s actually a big part of why this story managed to seperate itself from the mass of similar titles. I love Jared! I will love Jared until the end of time! I know he and Lena had kind of a bumpy past, but he was one of my favorite parts of the story.
About the Author… Taylor Hondos
Professional life-contemplator, book enthusiast and coffee drinker. Taylor Hondos lives in North Carolina with her family and dog, Blackie. When she am not writing, you can find her reading in the corner, searching endlessly for new books to read or binge watching Sex and the City. “Antidote” is her first novel.
Learn more at – http://www.taylorhondos.com/