Author: Susan Kim
This is my 87h read for the year
This is the story of Esther. In a post-apocolytic United States, all that are left are children. Those children only live until the age of 19 and then they die. Something has poisoned the rain and the water, and no matter how much they try to avoid it, eventually the sickness comes for them all.
Esther lives in a city called Prin, which is run by the older teenagers in the group. Every day is a looming threat of disease, hunger, and attacks by outsiders called variants (children born that are neither male or female at birth). But Esther just wants to live a normal life while she can - hang out with her best friend and her sister, and avoid having to work hard. She becomes an outside in the society, but soon meets Caleb and he changes everything. Soon Esther has something worth fighting for.
This is an okay book. I actually found it by accident at my library while I was looking for something else. I love a good apocolyptic story line. The writing isn't great, but it was an interesting enough story. It is how I assume kids would run things who are under the age of 19 and trying to figure out how to survive and create future generations.
This is a trilogy, so I think I will at least try the second book to see where it is going.