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Review: Necessary Ill

illTitle: Necessary Ill
Author: Deb Taber
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Pages: 352

First Line: “At ten thirty on a weekday morning the restaurants are as empty as they’ll ever be.”

“Jin, the neuter protagonist of Necessary Ill, begins the novel as a designer of plagues intended to set the world back into balance—a balance of population and resources, creation and destruction, choice and certainty—a balance more important to it than any individual life, including its own. Sandy, a young woman thrust violently out of her farm life into the dispassionate science of neuters like Jin, discovers her own need for balance—a balance of safety and adventure, art and science, self-protection and love. But Jin and Sandy find that human life is full of change, and as the world is thrown off balance for all, each questions their ruling assumptions and must learn to see in new ways for the survival of friends and enemies alike.” – from

My thoughts: Good to read something for adults every once in a while. I liked this book, but the way Taber switches between past and present tense for each chapter kind of bothered me. I’m not the kind of person that hates present tense, but I had to get used to it every other chapter, and I’m not sure why. Interesting story though!

My Ratings:
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Subject: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5