Contaminated

Contaminated

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by Em Garner
     
 

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After the Contamination - an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses - the government rounded up the "Connies" to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government's started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock…  See more details below

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After the Contamination - an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses - the government rounded up the "Connies" to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government's started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock collars that will either stop the Connies from committing violent acts or kill them before they do any further harm.

Since her parents were taken in the roundup, Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister and maintain a sense of normalcy, despite brutal government rations and curfews. She goes to the "Kennels" every day searching for her parents, and when she finds her mother, she's eager to bring her home. Maybe, eventually, they'll be able to get back to the way things were before. But even though it seems that her mother is getting better (something that the government says is impossible), there will be no happy transition. Anti-Connie sentiment is high, and rumor has it that an even worse wave of the Contamination is imminent. And then the government declares that the Connies will be rounded up and neutralized, once and for all.

Sacrificing everything - her boyfriend, her home, and her job - Velvet will do anything to protect her mother. Velvet has to get the collar off her mother before the military comes to take her away. Even if it means risking all of their lives.

Gritty and grabbing, Velvet is a harrowing, emotionally charged dystopic venture into YA from a well-known and respected writer of women's fiction.

Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-355-0)

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—"Contamination, not contagion," they said. When the "zombies apocalypse" happened, the zombies weren't exactly like the ones Velvet had seen in the movies. They didn't rise from their graves, weren't undead, and didn't create new ones of their kind when they attacked. Instead, they were just normal people who had tried a new sports drink that promised to help them lose weight. However, as the drink became more popular, the company was unable to keep up with demand, and they began cutting corners in the production of the active protein ingredient. Unfortunately, it took several waves of apparent zombie attacks before scientists realized that the lack of impulse control and the aggression were caused by a contamination in the bottled beverage. While Velvet's father was killed in the first wave of attacks, by the time her mother had turned, electric-shock collars had been created to manage the contaminated's aggression and return them to their families. At 16, Velvet has lived through immense horrors, and now it has fallen to her to raise her younger sister and to care for her mother, who will never fully recover. Garner's novel is a unique take on a popular genre. While there are intermittent moments of suspense, the horror elements take a backseat to Velvet's plight as she strives to provide for and protect her family.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY
From the Publisher
"Alarmingly realistic and absolutely unputdownable, Contaminated will leave you reeling.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout,  USA Today best-selling Author

"Confession: This book had me crying in public. It's riveting, relentless—and best of all, real. Contaminated is the most human, heartbreaking dystopian I've ever read."—Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the Shade trilogy

“Echoing the reality millions of young adults worldwide face daily, this dystopia speaks to a wide range of readers, including reluctant ones.”—Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews
Two years after a diet drink with genetically modified ingredients transformed countless Americans into mindlessly violent animals, the Contaminated are controlled by electronic collars, and the unclaimed are housed in kennels like that in which Velvet Ellis, 17, finds her mother. Over-the-top premise notwithstanding, this suspenseful series opener is rooted firmly in the real world: ours. With her father dead and her mother a Connie, Velvet's suburban middle-class existence is a distant memory. She and her 10-year-old sister, Opal, scrape by in subsidized housing, partly supported by Velvet's menial nursing-home job. The girls' shaky hold on normal life is finally upended when Velvet brings their mother home, facing anger and fear from neighbors and eviction from their landlord. Stubbornly compassionate Velvet hopes to disprove the conventional wisdom that contamination is permanent, but even if she's wrong, she won't abandon her mother. Too tired to keep up with schoolwork, abandoned by her longtime boyfriend, Velvet never stops seeing--and treating--the contaminated as human. If her steadfast opposition to the institutionalized cruelty of the private sector and the government puts her in danger, it also insures her own humanity against the calamity of treating others inhumanely. Velvet's a child forced into early adulthood. Echoing the reality millions of young adults worldwide face daily, this dystopia speaks to a wide range of readers, including reluctant ones. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606843550
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Contaminated
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
241,151
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Em Garner began writing at a very young age, always preferring the stories about what goes bump in the night. An avid reader of horror, science-fiction and fantasy, she first turned her hand to short stories about the sorts of things that hide under the bed…and she kept right on going.

Now Em spends most of her time in front of her computer, writing away at all the ideas she has swirling around in her head and hoping she can get them into a story before she forgets them.

She loves zombies, unicorns, and rainbows, the color purple and the smell of roses. She hates the smell of lilies, the feeling of corduroy and biting sandpaper. (Well. Who doesn’t?)

She lives at the beach with her family, where she spends a lot of time reading and sticking her feet in the sand. She is afraid of sharks, but that doesn’t stop her from going in the water.

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Contaminated 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a few things that bothered me within the book but only a few and they are, admittedly, little and knit-picked. I loved the story, it was absolutely not what I expected. The world within which the story takes place is a little vague but that's expected because the story is from the perspective of a 17 year old who doesn't have enough time to pay more attention and even then she would only know what the media feeds her, which isn't much... I like the characters a lot, they remind me of real people, in real situations with real emotions. They're not overly dramatic and overly philosophic... just... real. It's a good read and I am hoping for a sequel! (there could already be one and I just have yet to look, if there is I can tell you I will be getting it.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you cannot put down until you finish it. Simply amazing. I loved it so much! I'm so picky with my books and it's so hard to find a great dystopian these days! I definitely recommend this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent portrayal of the future. A psychological thriller that kept me awake all night to finish. Very highly recommended book. Iwish the author had more publications.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books ive ever had the pleasure to read, contamninated does everything wrong in all the right ways. My first major issue is with the characters names. Velvet and Opal seem just a little bit TOO special snowflake and out of place compared to "Dillon" and "Tyler" My second major issue is of course with the characters. Velvets voice sounds like a 12 year old trying to write as someone older, and failing miserably. Some more choice lines include " I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurved him" and of course, the ever infamous Chocolate cake for the win. No teenagers sound like that. No one even says that. Opal is flawed aswell, acting like a whiny 5 year old instead of a 10 year old. The other characters are forgetable, a generic perfect love interest, mamas boy and zombie mom. Now, these flaws couldve been forgiven if the plot was halfway decent. It wasnt. No spoilers, but the book is basically how to take care of your zombie mom the manual. And thinpro? Seriously? Gosh if that isnt one of the worst named prosucts i've ever seen. I applaud you author, for scamming me out of the 2.00$ I paid for the book. On the plus side, it made an excellent christmas present I gave to my now ex friend.
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