The Diseased by Marissa Bauder
Posted by brriske
She’s not your average teenager…She starts fires with her mind!
Sixteen-year-old Sable Mosley thinks her life is over when her parents send her to a psychiatric hospital, but that’s only the beginning. She’s isn’t the only person there who has freaky powers. There is a whole race of people classified by the government as The Diseased—they can see the future, create air shields, or even drain the life out of others.
Then she escapes with the breathtakingly-handsome Brandon Harper, and her very existence is threatened. A secret government agency is hunting down people like Brandon, and now Sable, determined to turn them into biological weapons or kill them. Can Sable survive her attraction to Brandon, her new life as an enemy of the state, and the government assassins, or will she forfeit everything for just being who she is?
A surprisingly, although not completely original, well written book about people with the ability to control water, fire, electricity, etc. that separates them from normal people, who either tolerate them, want to use or experiment on them…think X-Men.
Sable is sixteen and gifted with the ability to conjure fire with her mind. After accidentally setting her bedroom on fire, her parents have her committed to a mental institution. It is here that she learns that anyone with her type of gift, or any gift that differentiates them from normal people is not tolerated. Held in the worst part of the institution where she and her new friends, Ophelia and Fang ,are starved, abused, and tortured, her only thought is how they can escape. Lucky for her, they are eventually broken out of the institution by other gifted or “diseased” as they are described by the government, and taken aboard a ship where they meet Shaw, the leader of their small band. They are trained by Brandon, his sister Chloe, and Kelly, the other diseased on board to use their gifts and to protect themselves and each other.
Again, although the book did remind me a lot of X-Men, especially after having met venom, I enjoyed the story and flew fairly quickly through it and will definitely be reading the next book. I actually liked a lot of the characters, even if some of their decisions or actions were a bit annoying. I had to remind myself that these were teenagers and sound decisions would not always be made, especially where romance is concerned. I definitely had to chuckle when I got to the part about why Chloe was so annoyed with Sable and Brandon, cause that sure explained why she drove me absolutely crazy and why no one called her out on her behavior. I still think they need to.
If you like movies or books similar to X-Men, i.e paranormal, and the YA genre…in my opinion, this is a good one. The pacing was pretty good, and though the twists may not have been completely original or overly suspenseful, it was entertaining.