I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.PODs by Michelle K. Pickett
Series: PODs #1
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
PODs is a YA dystopia romance set in a future United States decimated by a killer virus. In order to try to survive, the government places young adults in underground pods for a year in hopes the virus will die out. Each pod only holds a few people (less than 10) and it is here that Eva meets a number of gifted people, including a guy she falls in love with. Once they are out of the pods, they are separated and placed into fenced compounds to begin reestablishing their lives. So what will these two do when they are separated, and is the virus really dead? I don’t want to give spoilers so I will leave the plot discussion there.
I think Eva and her boyfriend David are very well developed. They of course take huge risks in the name of love, which is very realistic since they are teens and don’t calculate risks very well. There were a few places all throughout the book where I had to say “why did they do that??”, and then I remembered they are young teens. Most of the characters in the pod didn’t have a lot of depth but they were fairly normal and easy to relate with…except one completely useless character named Josh (I guess he was just there for conflict). Many of the characters in the novel came and went and I wished we had a little more development on some of them.
The world building was pretty decent though the virus remains mysterious. The government is of course interested in containing the virus more than they are the happiness of their pod citizens. You usually only have an awareness of the place the characters are at the moment…we don’t get much info on what is happening in the whole country, and nothing about the entire planet.
The way the virus works…both in the beginning and the end of the book could be unbelievable for some. I chose not to analyze it too much and just go with the story.
I think primarily this novel is about romance, and about self-discovery, with Eva being the primary focus. There is another big genre I am leaving out here as naming the genre would be a spoiler to what happens in the second half of the novel. For me, this wasn’t a “cannot put down” book but rather one I read over several weeks. I did enjoy the story though and I felt it wrapped it very nicely.