Saturday, February 15, 2020

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Diseased Ones by Danielle Harrington @XpressoTours

The Diseased Ones
Danielle Harrington
(The Hollis Timewire Series, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 8th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

On the morning of her 16th birthday, Hollis Timewire receives the worst possible news. She can’t become a citizen of the world. She’s a Diseased One.

Born with a biomarker that bestows dangerous, brain-altering powers, Hollis is forced to hide underground with other Diseased Ones, who believe that the government falsified history to cover up their genocide.

Now Hollis must discover the truth, and is willing to risk anything, including her powers, to go back home.

My Review:

Oh WOW! What can I say but The Diseased Ones was so amazing! It reminded me so much of a few of my favorite movies and one of my favorite TV shows, X-Men, Divergent and Gifted.

I love that The Diseased Ones was set in the future in a dystopian society where all aspects of the characters’ lives and emotions were controlled by brain washing them.  I also loved that we were given just enough information about their way of life to know how they lived and how the world as they knew it came to be but wasn’t overwhelmed with too much information drawing out the story just to make it longer. I love Danielle Harrington’s writing style. Danielle paints a picture with her writing that you can see in your head as you are reading The Diseased Ones.

A long time ago the world was separated by war dividing the diseased ones from others.  As the story goes people with special powers tried to take over the world but they lost and the diseased ones was wiped out or so that is the story that the people had been taught.

To become a citizen of this society everyone has to be tested when they reach the age of sixteen and if they test positive with a biomarker then they are taken away from their families and their way of life and as the citizens of this society has been taught to believe must die by the governments hand.

On her sixteenth birthday Hollis Timewire is tested to see if she has a biomarker and her results are positive. Hollis is then taken away from her life and her family never to see them again. Hollis is taken away by the underground. The Underground is a group of people like Hollis, disease ones, who have special abilities too.

Hollis is afraid and she doesn’t know who to trust especially after the stories the undergrounders tell her. Whose story is correct?  Is the disease ones story correct? Or is the stories she has been told all her life the true stories?

Hollis is not sure whose story to believe but there’s one thing she does know and that is she has to find the truth and find her way back home to her family no matter what the cost. Can Hollis find her way home?

The Diseased Ones had me mesmerized from the first page right up until I had turned the last page and even now it still holds me within its powers. The Diseased Ones is one story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come. I would so love to see The Diseased Ones come to life on the big screen. I can’t wait to read more books Hollis Timewire’s world.

If you like dystopian style books like Divergent, X-Men or TV shows like Gifted then you are definitely going to fall in love with The Diseased Ones.

Author Bio:

Danielle Harrington is a high school chemistry teacher with a passion for the pen and a knack for storytelling. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Biola University, and although she’s a hardcore science nerd, she’s always been a lover of the arts.

She grew up acting and singing and has turned her love for drama into writing. Danielle lives vicariously through her characters and considers it great fun because she “gets to play all the parts”.

Danielle lives in LA with her husband, Steven, and her two cats, Moose and Turtle. She is working on a four book young adult dystopian fiction series, and she’s beyond thrilled to be launching her debut novel, THE DISEASED ONES, through Acorn Publishing.