Contaminated 2: Mercy Code, by Em Garner | Book Spotlight
The Children’s Book Review | August 25, 2014
Written by Em Garner
Age Range: 12+
About Contaminated 2: Mercy Code
A gripping survival story, the second in a series by a best-selling author, of a strong girl rebuilding her life in a post-apocalyptic society where a contaminated drink makes victims act like zombies; just right for fans of James Dashner, Carrie Ryan, and The Walking Dead.
Seventeen-year-old Velvet, her little sister, Opal, their mom, who is recovering from the Contamination, and Velvet’s sweet boyfriend, Dillon, are attempting to build a new life amid the rationing and regulations of the post-outbreak nation. But the outbreak isn’t over: more people turning into “Connies,” more madness erupting, more killings occurring. And what they are being told is not the truth; the truth is far darker and more threatening.
Ages 12+ | Publisher: EgmontUSA | Aug. 26, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1606843567
“This has plenty of suspense–it’s not a book to read at bedtime.”—Booklist
“Velvet may have a softer name than her literary predecessors Katniss, Cassie, and Kaelyn, but like them she has been forced to take on adult-sized responsibilities within her repressive society…. the plot moves quickly…more of a relation-based book than many other teen dystopian novels.”—The Horn Book
Ages 12+ | Publisher: EgmontUSA | July 22, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1606845424
About the Author
Em Garner is the pseudonym for a NYT best-selling author of romances. The author of 50 books, she made her YA debut with this series. Em started writing as a child, originally about the scary things that hid under her bed. She never lost her taste for scary stories, or for fantasies with a dark twist.
Em loves the beach, where she often writes, but is afraid of sharks. She lives in Pennsylvania, where this series is set. The author lives in Lebanon, PA.