Genre: Dystopian/Young Adult
“Seventeen-year-old Elaan Woodson is supposed to be one of the lucky ones. She received placement in the subterranean protection unit designed to keep select families safe from the deadly virus ravaging the world above.
She's found happiness in the routine underground, and even a budding romance with another teen lucky enough to get a coveted spot away from the virus.
But, as Elaan hears snippets of conversations from those closest to her and those in charge, she's beginning to think things aren't as safe as she believed. While Elaan has heard that what you don't know can't hurt you, she's beginning to think otherwise.
The truth may be the only thing that can keep Elaan safe. But can she discover it in time?”
RJ Crayton is a prolific author, with about a dozen of her books available. This book is the first in her Virus series. A former journalist and regular contributor at Indies Unlimited, Crayton lives with her husband and two kids in Maryland.
For more about RJ, visit her website.
More often than not dystopian fiction, at its core, has a political point, taking a current political direction and combining it with a slippery slope argument, to make a point. If there is a political point at the heart of Concealed, I missed it. (We probably shouldn't rule out that possibility.) That doesn't mean there aren't politics going on, but the viruses infecting the world seem more of a natural disaster.
Regardless of what started the spread of the virus, this is a solid story that should appeal to older teens (the young adult audience), as well as adults. There is a coming-of-age theme, for those who like those kind of stories and as the first installment of the series the promise of more adventures to come.
One instance of adult language.
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words