The Complex [NOOK Book]

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Helena Linx is dying. Isolated and quarantined for over a decade, sixteen-year-old Helena lives in a virtual utopia run by a council of doctors bent on saving the world from a fatal and almost incurable disease. The pandemic has been contained, but she and hundreds of others are still waiting to be cured. Helena dreams of returning to the outside world and leaving behind the heavily regulated world of the Eyam Complex, a place where everything ...
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The Complex

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Overview

Helena Linx is dying. Isolated and quarantined for over a decade, sixteen-year-old Helena lives in a virtual utopia run by a council of doctors bent on saving the world from a fatal and almost incurable disease. The pandemic has been contained, but she and hundreds of others are still waiting to be cured. Helena dreams of returning to the outside world and leaving behind the heavily regulated world of the Eyam Complex, a place where everything runs according to plan…until one fateful morning.

Things begin to change in the complex. And after everything dear to Helena—her father, her brother, and her boyfriend—is taken away, she finally gets what she wants.

But life on the outside isn’t what Helena expected. Never in her wildest dreams did Helena think that she’d leave Eyam only to become so desperate to get back in.
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Editorial Reviews

Iloveyafiction.com - Judith T.
It’s been a long time since I read a book that has a storyline that tells a story like this one outside of the confines of a romance where the whole plot focuses on when two people get together. This is inherently Helena’s story of maturing and adapting and I was so refreshed by it that I relished every minute of the read.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015180732
  • Publisher: Cathy E. Zaragoza
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Series: The Linx Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 367
  • Sales rank: 630,005
  • File size: 332 KB

Meet the Author

Cathy writes young adult fiction. The Complex is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Not for the classic sci fi fan

    It started with an interesting premise. The wording became very repiticious and it deteriorated into a book that might be read by a ten to thirteen year old. I finished the book out of extreem boardom but will read no other of this series.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    I enjoyed this rather original story.  Zaragoza has crafted an i

    I enjoyed this rather original story.  Zaragoza has crafted an interesting world and populated it with many interesting, believable characters.  The sci-fi concepts weren't always entirely consistent, and the prose occasionally gets a little repetitive, but not so much that it could spoil my enjoyment of the story.  I also appreciated the satisfying conclusion, which many series books in this genre seem to leave out.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

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    OK... Attention all YA! This is worth your time, I PROMISE!!! T

    OK... Attention all YA! This is worth your time, I PROMISE!!! The Complex is 367 pages of fast moving dialogue. Really, the author could not have cut it much more without ruining the story. When I first received this I thought I would mentally prepare myself for some rambling.... It wasn't there. I couldn't believe I had finished it so fast and not once became bored!

    This is the first in the new Linx series by this very talented author. Get set for an emotionally connected, intriguing, action-packed story.

    The setting is futuristic. The majority of the world has been wiped out by a devastating disease. In the Eyam Quarantine Complex, a select few were saved and kept alive until the Council members find a cure and turn them out into the remaining public outside the Complex who survived.

    Helena and her brother Harrison lived there with their father who was the only full-medical doctor the complex had. Her mother died in a car crash not long before the complex was built. Harrison had mostly watched out for her since their father spent such long hours as the head physician. The others in the Complex were like family and extended family members. Helena, however, was only close to a select few. Her brother approached her, one day, with the statement he had went through two successful vaccine trials and after the third in a day or so he would be cured and would have to leave. She was upset he hadn't told her about the "trials", yet, happy for him that he was cured. As their father walked in on the scene and discovered his son was leaving, he "flipped out" and was taken away...Helena was later told he had the Cavall and he became mentally unfit to stay with the rest of the population. The next day Harrison left and she was now totally alone with only her boyfriend an another close friend, Lucas. This was just the beginning. She would probably never leave because her "trials" all proved hopeless. She became frustrated with the lack of information on her father, angry because she would be stuck there alone. Her feeling intensified when within a few months her boyfriend was cured and also sent away. Depression caused her to act out her feelings with rebelliousness and in being obstinate. She stopped trying to excel in her studies. Lucas became worried and encouraged her to stop her bad behavior or she wouldn't even have him. Within the following year she was miraculously healed and shortly after her sixteenth birthday was relocated away from the facility and streamlined into the community she was placed in.

    The story continues with a picturesque description of life inside the Complex and life outside the Complex. What is real? Who does one trust?

    There are variety of key characters of different circumstances. The characters become so real! Their lives intermingle in a way the reader would never expect. How does one choose a favorite? Sometimes you will feel frustration and anger with each of them. At times each will steal your heart with their strong, positive qualities. It is difficult at times to know who are the bad guys.

    Inside these pages are endearing friendships, utopian society, romance, trust, deceit, despair, violence, action, suspense and great intrigue. There are a few places where the language is less than desirable but not really crude. I still think this would be a great book for YA as well as adults.

    The author generously sent this book to me in exchange for an honest review. I really loved it! The reader is left with a hunger for the next in the series.

    I do not often give a Five Stars rating on book reviews, but his author certainly deserves it.

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    Posted March 5, 2013

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    Awesome!

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    Posted August 31, 2012

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