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Title:
Infected
Author:
Littlefield, Sophie, author.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
242 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Carina, a high school track star and the niece of a scientist whose research deadly agents will do anything to obtain, is injected with a performance-enhancing drug that will kill her unless she can find the antidote in twenty-four hours.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
920 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 6.5 10.0 172468.
ISBN:
9780385741064

9780375989834
Format :
Book

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"Nail-biting action with a scientifically and technologically involved plotline gives this novel an edge, and, moreover, the character development is surprisingly rich given the fast pace of the narrative; the weight of the themes also keeps the story from reading like a movie script. Red herrings keep the reader guessing until the end. Hard to put down." --Booklist

The race-against-the-clock feel of TV's popular show 24 meets the action-packed romance of the film Run Lola Run . This high-concept teen thriller sends readers on the race of their lives.

Carina's senior year is spiraling downward. Fast. Both her mother and her uncle, the only two family members she's ever known, are dead. Their deaths were accidents, unfortunate results of the highly confidential research they performed for a national security organization. Or so she's been told.

She's not buying it.

After finding a unique code hidden beneath the stone in a ring her mother left to her, Carina goes straight to the only family she has left: her boyfriend, Tanner.

The people Carina loved kept dangerous secrets. Secrets that make her question the life she's been living up to now. Her life is on the line, but more importantly, so is Tanner's. And if she fails? He dies.

Praise for Infected :

"Littlefield has written a heart-stopping adventure about a future in which science has become humanity's enemy. A thrilling read for those who enjoy mysteries, strong female protagonists, and a smattering of math and science references in their YA lit."-- School Library Journal


Author Notes

SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD is the Edgar Award-nominated author of several thrillers for adults. She lives with her family in Northern California. Visit her online at sophielittlefield.com.


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Booklist Review

High-school senior Carina is slammed with loss. First her mother, Madelyn, committed suicide, and now her guardian, Uncle Walter, has been killed in a car accident. At the time of their deaths, both Madelyn and Walter were working on a secret project: a virus that causes nearly superhuman abilities but also brings death in 24 hours unless an antidote is administered. Now, even more trouble: Carina and her boyfriend, Tanner, have both been injected with the virus and are on the run, and the only person with the antidote has men trying to kill them. Nail-biting action with a scientifically and technologically involved plotline gives this novel an edge, and, moreover, the character development is surprisingly rich given the fast pace of the narrative. The weight of the themes also keeps the story from reading like a movie script. Red herrings keep the reader guessing until the end. Hard to put down.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Littlefield's (Hanging by a Thread) page-turning thriller, high school seniors and track-and-field stars Carina Monroe and Tanner Sloan are infected with an experimental virus that gives them superhuman strength and endurance. The trouble, however, is that the virus comes with a fatal side effect-after 36 hours, it will begin a gruesome and irreversible attack on their nervous systems. Carina and Tanner race to find the antidote and, along the way, discover the secrets that Carina's deceased mother and uncle were keeping about their scientific research. Pursued by stereotypical foreign gangsters, they also have to reckon with Carina's menacing legal guardian, whom her uncle warned her against. Though derivative in its plot and occasionally cheesy (Tanner's advantages over the villain include "heart, and courage-and love"), Littlefield's novel serves up plenty of twists and exciting action sequences, as well as disturbing set-pieces like the video Carina and Tanner find of a man dying from the virus, which raises the stakes for them. Ages 12-up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Seventeen-year-old Carina knows too well the pain of loss. A year ago, her mother committed suicide, and since then the teen has lived with her Uncle Walter. The book opens with Walter's memorial service after a fatal car crash. Sheila, another scientist from the Calaveras National Laboratory, where Walter and her mother worked, has taken her in. Carina discovers a secret letter from her uncle that reveals Sheila's sinister motives. She also learns of a hidden apartment containing his research. The teen and her boyfriend decide to pursue the clues Walter has left them to find out about the mysterious Project Venice. The two run away only to be hotly pursued by security guards. Project Venice, they learn, has nothing to do with its official description (nutrition) but instead deals with a synthetic virus that can improve the performance of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield. This highly classified virus can temporarily increase strength, mental processing, speed, and sensory perception. After 36 hours, however, if a soldier who has been exposed to the virus does not get the antidote, he will die violently. The duo realizes that they, too, have somehow become infected. Hunted down by different parties, they try every means of escape, including jumping off buildings, scaling fences, shooting darts, and hiding in sewer pipes. Time is not on their side as the 36th hour is fast approaching. Littlefield has written a heart-stopping adventure about a future in which science has become humanity's enemy. VERDICT A thrilling read for those who enjoy mysteries, strong female protagonists, and a smattering of math and science references in their YA lit.-Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.