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Publisher Description

If one touch can infect. . .

All Ruby Behl wants for her seventeenth birthday is a good career path match, and to kiss her best friend and long time crush, Wesley Fairchild. Unfortunately, the simplicity of teenage wishes evaporated a decade ago when the Tercera virus nearly wiped out the human race. Transmitted through touch, the slightest contact is prohibited in the safe haven community of Port Gibson. 

then a kiss is deadly. . .

An innocent game of Spin the Bottle, a rite of passage for Port Gibson's teens, provides the opportunity Ruby's been waiting for, but when Wesley winds up Marked, Ruby realizes her first kiss may also be her last. Ruby races the viral clock to uncover long buried secrets about her dead parents, and her once cloudy future becomes clear. She's the key to finding the cure, but is she willing to pay the price?


A teenager attempts to find a cure for a deadly, civilization-threatening virus in debut author Baker's dystopian YA series starter. 

Overall, Baker's prose is sharp and vivid, and she manages to immediately plunge her readers into the world of the novel. The story is swiftly paced and features some surprising twists and intriguing characters. The plot doesn't challenge the strict boundaries of the dystopian genre, but its combination of sci-fi, mystery, and teen romance still makes for a compelling adventure.

A promising YA debut about a girl's search for a future in the wreckage of the past.

Young Adult
October 16
Bridget E. Baker
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

kaybender ,


Perfect easy read for the current world we live in.

writers pencil ,

Riveting action and memorable characters

Ruby isn’t your typical heroine. She doesn’t want to lead an army or rule a nation or even to be a beloved benefactress. She really just wants to figure out what to do with her life and to be noticed by her crush Wesley. But when Wesley is Marked—infected with a deadly, incurable virus—her quiet, behind-the-scenes life comes to an end. Thanks to her father’s journals, she knows she is the only person who might be able to save him, along with the rest of the Marked. Problem is, she doesn’t exactly know HOW she’ll be able to do that. But she has to try before anyone else dies. Unfortunately, her attempt at a solo mission is foiled by the impressive and annoying…and caring and handsome…Sam, who is determined to come along and help her. The farther she gets on her quest, the more secrets unravel, until Ruby wonders who she really is and what to do next. With her world upside down, can she focus on finding the cure?

This book was full of twists and turns, surprising me several times. And I loved the character development, watching Ruby and Sam grow and change through the process. While there were lighter or more thoughtful moments to balance out the action, this story never dragged. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

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