From the moment the black vans appear to take the sick away, Maya knows there is something wrong. She seems to be the only one to question the sudden disappearances at school and the masks everyone is forced to wear to keep from catching the new disease spreading through the entire United States. Even when word of the new “healing centers” reaches the public, no one dares to ask what is happening.
But when Maya catches the disease, the one they call The Tearings, and is taken to one of these centers along with her mother, the truth becomes all too clear. She is separated from her family and forced to work, becoming one of the more fortunate ones who is not sent to the testing wings. Bullied by the guards to the point of death, she meets David Summers, the enigmatic young Captain who appears to loathe his position of power in the camp and who seems as drawn to Maya as she is to him.
When Maya suddenly becomes the disease’s only survivor, she must put her trust on David to find a way to escape the camp and get the truth, and the cure coursing through her veins, out to the world.
When not planning how to survive the next plague and/or apocalypse, V.C. Repetto likes to submerge herself in as many Victorian Gothic novels as she can find. It is quite a fun place, her head, between all the moldy lace and gas masks. She is an avid quilter and cross-stitcher, who longs one day to buy a weaving loom. V.C. Repetto lives in house much too small for all her pets.
The Tearings was a very good book. The setup was good, the characters interesting and the plot captivating. As I was reading the book and realizing it was about to end, I was just begging that the book wouldn’t end soon. I really enjoyed it, you see. I wanted to learn more, unravel the mystery together with Maya.
From the start, the book captivated me. I liked the confusion that I felt as I was thrown into the book. I desperately wanted to know what was going on
I really enjoyed the character development. I loved seeing how Maya grew from a rather average teenage girl to a girl who never stopped fighting for her life and never gave up regardless of the odds. I did find her response to the deaths around her a little unreal, but I don’t have any experience with that, so who am I to judge? Still, I thought there would be a little bit more heartbreak.
And yes, there was very little real romance between David and Maya. Yet I think they’re so cute together. I totally love the whole forbidden love thing. Its actually the main reason I requested to review this book. I wish there was more tension but I suppose that what was experienced between the characters was very real to the situation. When you’re in a life-threatening situation, I don’t think you’re gonna care about romantic love so much.
I loved the side characters too. I felt that they were a very good fit for the book and I do hope that the future books will have them too. The pace of the book was really good, and I didn’t feel overwhelmed or bored at any point of time. It was simply put, excellent writing where as a reader, I’m presented with enough information to keep me interested and at the same time, just a bit lacking that I need to read more.
While I felt the romance happened too late in the book and a little bit too short for my liking, I must say I did kinda enjoy it. I do hope that in future books, the romance gets fleshed out a little more and that there is a clearer plot. While this book was excellent in character development and introducing us into the whole plot, I do recognize that not much has actually happened. I would really love to see more of the romance but also, more of a fleshed out plot.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I simply cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I also look forward to reading other books by the author in the future. The Tearings is a great start to this series and I do recommend it for anyone who likes an easy, yet interesting and captivating read.
Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed here are my own.
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