Wowza. This fast-paced sci-fi mystery about a killer virus run amok had me on the edge of my seat!
Sometimes I just want to read an exciting book about some teens outrunning a virus and mean soldiers in hazmat suits. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.
Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish is also known as Baby Mia. Why? Because as a toddler she fell down a well. (Those of you old enough, think Baby Jessica). As a teen, Mia has been able to (mostly) conquer her resulting fear of the dark, and is a champion swimmer at the elite Westbrook Academy in her Colorado town. Things are going pretty swimmingly (see what I did there?) for Mia until a mysterious virus starts killing students and teachers, causing them to age rapidly and die in a matter of hours. Soldiers quickly take over the school, going as far as shooting kids who try and leave.
Desperate to outrun the virus, Mia and a small band of friends break out from the locked-down school, trying to get to the mysterious "Cave" of Fenton Electronics, where Mia's dad works. He knows something about the virus, and Mia wants answers. She pushes back that lingering fear of the dark to SWIM UNDER ICE (my heart almost stopped!) to escape the school and, later on, in the tunnels leading to the Cave. Trust me, once you start this non-stop white-knuckler of a book, you won't be able to put it down.
I am an adult services librarian who also wears a teen librarian hat most of the time. I love to read all kinds of books, although I gravitate toward literary fiction, nonfiction books about science or sociology and fantastic teen books of all sorts. Other things I love include my dog, hiking, playing music and trying new recipes.