When a government made virus cleanses the Earth, only the strong survive. The sick, weak, poor, and otherwise seemingly incapable people are long dead, and the strong, capable people live on to create generations of good, solid genes. This helped with overpopulation among other things. In Seven Years Gone: Undesirable Book 1 of a new series by Liz Iavorschi-Braun, one girls traits may have caused her to become kicked out of society, but she’s not going to die on anyone else’s accord, if she’s going to die, she’s not going down without a fight.
Ginger is sixteen years old, in the society that she grew up in, when a person turns sixteen, they must take a test to group them in with other people just like them. There are several different categories of groups, Royalty, Breeders, and one of the worst, The Undesirable. That last group is a class of people who get shipped off to somewhere unknown by the members of The Society, and they are never heard from again. When it’s Ginger’s turn to take the test, she overhears the instructors state that she is to be thrown into the Undesirable category. She knows she will never see her family again, and she knows it means certain death, so instead of waiting around for the Society leaders to kill her, she escapes.
Alone in the wilderness with barely enough food to survive, Ginger trudges along, hoping to find a city that, although desolate, could possibly be her sanctuary. As long as she is far away from the Society, she doesn’t really care. All she cares about is surviving on the meager scraps she packed with her, and hoping that she doesn’t get caught and sent back to the only life she’s ever known.
For fans of The Giver and other dystopian novels, you will for sure get a kick out of this story. It reads quickly, I breezed through it in a day, it swallows you up, and you will be begging for more. Luckily, book two is out now (I will have a review for that up soon), and book three is soon to follow. Watching Ginger survive is incredible, the situations that she is thrust into, and the way that she carries herself despite her lack of knowledge in certain areas, is powerful and respectable. Though I’ve read my fair share of dystopian books, and was kind of over that whole genre, this one really put me back into that mindset. I had a blast reading this, it’s different from a lot of the other books in it’s niche, and the surprise twist ending will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the second book. There’s a dash of romance, a lot of survival instinct and a little mystery sprinkled in this story, it’s a wonderful book, thank you to the author for sending it to me! I have found a new series to adore. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.