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So-So-Antidote by Taylor Hondos

Title: Antidote

Author: Taylor Hondos

Publisher: Booktrope/Patchwork press

Pub Date: September 29, 2015

Type: YA Fantasy                            Content Rating: Clean

Pages: 224                                         Avid Reader Time: 1 hr

Review Rating: starstar

No contact with other people.
Masks must be worn at all times 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.

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Antidotes premise was new and thought-provoking. A disease called Dermadacatis causes you to rot from the insides out. But the implementation of the premise was slow and tedious. Character description was shallow and instigated no emotion connection with any of the characters. There is immediate lust between Lena, the main character, and her kidnapper/rescuer? That is never really explained either. It turned into a true love by the second chapter. Antidote switches was an interesting high tech zombie story to a insta-love romance abruptly in a crash of under described scenes.

Honestly, I spent most of the book confused on what was happening and in disdain of the characters. Lana is a whiny girl who prefers to hide from the world. She lost her parents dramatically and mysteriously on her graduation day. That too is never explained. After spending months hiding in her house, she is suddenly a person of interest.

The story line is an interesting take, but needs better execution. Antidote didn’t even register any emotions for me. Even though I finished it, I have no clue what really happened in this story. 2 out of 5 stars. I just couldn’t enjoy this story. I was so hopeful for a high tech zombie story. Instead I got an insta-love without a strong lead character.

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