Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?
IT’S THE YEAR 2828, and Domus is the last remaining country. Divided into twelve walled cities known as genuses, Domus spans what’s known as the purist lands—lands unaffected by the genetic modifications that killed all other species of mammals. But outside the walls of each genus the Immundus threaten the welfare of those within. From a young age, all citizens of Domus are trained for combat against these intruders.
At sixteen, Nia Luna knows little of the Immundus, except for the citywide alarms that ring any time an Immundus nears the genus walls. What she does know is that her own species is dying—their numbers dwindling as a mysterious disease called allagine kills many before their eleventh birthday. The same disease that ravaged her family when it took her sister.
When Nia is recruited into Genesis, a research company pioneering the path to a cure, she knows that her dream to find a cure for allagine is finally within her grasp. But within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldn’t have—something that changes everything. As she sets down a dangerous path that uncovers national secrets, Nia will have to decide not only what kind of person she wants to be but also how far she’s willing to go to save humanity.
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I grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers. I loved to read (and still do) and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. I discovered at an early age that I also enjoyed writing. In sixth grade, my teacher, Mr. Graham gave the class an assignment to write a story for a contest. The contest required that we create our book binding as well, which we did with cardboard, glue, and wallpaper. My book was called “Mully Mully” about a creature who lived in an underwater lake city. I was sad when I didn’t win, but I cherished my book so I kept it all these years. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in my case, into a computer.
I took a non-traditional route to writing, considering I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Aside from writing, I work full-time as a Training & Development Coordinator at Kaweah Delta, a teaching hospital, and some semesters I also teach at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where I currently live. When I’m not at my full-time and part-time job, I enjoy writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with my husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess).
The Immundus is my debut novel.
4 Out of 5 Stars
The Immundus is a fantastic Post-Apocalyptic YA Novel. As with most books of this genre, the fight for survival is at the forefront of the book. But in this book, the fight is against centeries of genetic manipulation which has created a disease that kills children when they hit puberty. Inside the city walls they fight to stop this disease before it kills off the entire species all while preparing their surviving children to battle the Immundus which live outside the city walls.
This book, like almost all other books of this genre, has its love interest. However, I was quite pleased with how it was done. It showed what is quite a solid relationship built on trust, friendship, and still caring about each other despite knowing the other's flaws. It was nice to not have a convoluted love triangle.
As for warnings; The stress of the post-apocalyptic world and man's inhumanity to man is alive and real. There is the death of several people, most off "screen" but there are a few on screen. The ones that are on screen are not gory or detailed. I don't recall any strong language or anything else that needs a warning. This book is really quite clean and I would recomend it to anyone who enjoys the Post-Apocoliptic YA Genre.