Synopsis: Would you rather suffer for eternity, or die peacefully? What if you had no choice? The morning after witnessing a spectacular meteorite shower, Cory Shembo and his girlfriend Lana didn’t expect to wake up immortal. News bulletins claim the meteorites have released a chemical compound called ATHENS which has caused mutations in the human race. The twisted outcome has left people unable to die but with an increased sensitivity to pain. Now with the majority of food supplies contaminated, and the rich controlling what little is left, the desperate young couple are force to go on merciless food raids just to stave off the pain. During which they accidentally discover a secret government device and find themselves caught up in a diabolical plot to control the future of humanity. Realizing that there is more to ATHENS than what they were led to believe; Cory and Lana set out on a crusade to uncover the truth. Their journey will lead them into the darkest depths of humanity. If they can follow the trail, they may be able to find some answers. But will the cost of knowing the truth be too much?
I believe that I would be suspicious after waking up to find that I am now immortal. It created a different world where unfortunately somehow the haves and have nots still have a large distance between them. The Government is hiding information and its objective is sinisterly unknown despite what it says. Corey and Lana have a complicated relationship that being immortal did not change. I think that is realistic in a post apocalyptic world. I have read several dystopian sci-fi novels and found the idea of instant immortality a very original and distinctive twist to the story.
I felt the story moved at a pretty quick pace although the second part didn’t fit as smoothly. It felt a little rushed to me. The characters were developed but did feel like the newest character Bienamen didn’t have the distinctiveness that was showed by other characters. It is a good story line but I feel that the author needed to use more action words instead of the passive voice. The mystery of the missing people and food opens an adventure that keeps the reader guessing the whole time. Overall good read for those who love young adult science fiction!