Official Rating: 5/5
““One life will make the difference.” Macey Holsinger has been hearing that promise her whole life. But it hasn’t saved anyone yet, not even her little brother.
The disease has claimed countless lives in the last hundred years, and the government is working hard to find a cure through human testing. Testing that has killed nearly as many people as the disease.
At sixteen, Macey has better things to think about than saving lives and submitting to any rule other than her parents’. As a budding artist, she has her whole life ahead of her, at least until she faces her own testing.
Questions plague Macey. Questions that make everyone else nervous. How can death be justified with more death? What’s the point of all this?
Answers evade her until she’s left with only one question: How much will she sacrifice in the name of the cure?
If you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent, you’ll love The Cure!”
I’m always very skeptical about books in the free section and in the dystopian, Young Adult genre. The abundance of the less-than-riveting choices is astounding and not in a good way. But, The Cure shocked me and I loved it.
The first thing that I noticed was that this is under the dystopian genre, but if you look at the title of this review, this isn’t a series. Yes, this is a young adult dystopian book that is not a series. Everything is tied up in just one book and that is amazing.
Macey Holsinger is the heroine, and she honestly is. Macey is in tenth grade, loves art, misses her little brother, has two parents and a best friend who’s like a brother, and a whole lot of questions. Her questions and natural instinct to defy what everyone just accepts gets her in trouble in school, but lands her an opportunity she would’ve given almost anything to participate in. Macey had a well-developed personality. She went through a range of emotions: anger, sadness, fear, depression, determination, and so on. Her main objective wasn’t to take down the government nor was it to just let the government do whatever it wanted and I respect Erickson for pulling that off. Macy was real, a person who just happened to live inside of a book. She loved, cried, screamed, defied, glared, stayed in a vegetable state for a week, stood up for herself, questioned everything including herself, thought outside the box, cared, and never stopped being human.
Macey developed throughout the book and it was very subtle. She didn’t go from accepting everything to suddenly storming the government with angry citizens. Rather she went from questioning everything somewhat-rudely to asking questions in a more respectful manner. Macey started to really think about her actions and the consequences rather than bulldozing her way into every situation.
I liked Alex, Macey’s best friend. I thought that he didn’t have too much “book-time,” but it was enough. I could tell that Macey meant a lot to him and vice versa. Their friendship was genuine and really sweet. Alex was somewhat silent support for Macey, but not entirely. He teased her all the time like a good friend, but it was obvious that if she ever needed someone to give her a piggy-back ride when she doesn’t think she can walk, Alex would be the first one to her aid.
Macey’s parents were regular parents that had to deal with irregular situations. I loved their unwavering support for Macey as well as their attitude towards her. Both her mom and dad were like Macey’s best friends and still balanced it out with being parents. They encouraged her to think for herself and make her own decisions while making sure Macey knew she could always ask either of them for advice. They kept it real, but lovingly.
I loved Oliver so much! He got very little book time, but he was adorable. I’m not quite sure of his age, I think he’s around twenty-three, but he was funny and knew how to capture what matters to him the most, through his art. I nearly died at the end when he was interviewed by the news, it was just too much.
The plot kept me guessing continuously. Admittedly, I thought that at any moment it would become a typical dystopian book, but it didn’t. It kept me guessing and I enjoyed every minute. And I must point this out: There was no love triangle. In fact, there was no romantic interest at all. The book was totally focused on Macey being a heroine and that just made the plot so much more meaningful.
I especially loved the ending. I don’t want to give away too much, but the way Erickson wrapped it all up with Macey, the government, and her parents broke my heart. If you want to get your heart broken in one of the best ways, read The Cure.