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?
Tranferral, the debut from Kate Blair, is a chilling look at a world gone wrong because of its efforts to do right.
“Readers are carried along, always wondering what the final pages might bring … the dystopian world built by the author is compelling, realistic, and frightening. It left me asking myself some uncomfortable questions, as I am sure it will do for all readers. I think it would make a terrific readaloud for a middle years classroom, or an awesome novel study with a group of interested teens. It’s worth your time and attention.”
“Blair’s pacing is impeccable, and her gritty realism draws disturbing parallels to current events. Intense and unsettling.”
“Blair subtly captures her audience with the ingenuity of her dystopian vision and then sweeps readers away as she raises the stakes again and again. As the novel approaches its climax, readers will find themselves madly flipping pages to find out the fate of a nation.” ****/4, Highly Recommended
“Blair presents a new twist on the formulaic dystopian genre, developing flawed characters who are incredibly likable in a relatable world where right and wrong are more gray than black-and-white … highly accessible, and the very timely themes will provide endless discussion and debate regardless of age level … an unputdownable pick, it is a great addition for any public or secondary school library.”
“A strongly plotted story that builds on the surreal premise of linking justice with illness and comes through it all with a healthy ending that is neither sappy nor all wrapped up but a convincing remedy for a disturbing basis for dealing with criminality.”
“Very cinematic … Blair has a unique and provocative concept that deserves further development.”
“A solidly engaging debut.”