Author: Jess Petosa
3 out of 5 Stars
In the future, things are anything but ordinary...
In 2022, the United States commissioned a group of scientists to experiment with genetic mutations. Their goal was to create a serum that would alter the human genetic code, making the subject stronger and faster. They succeeded but their victory was short lived. Not only had they created a super serum, but also an airborne virus. By 2025, seventy-five percent of the world's population had perished. The survivors, well their lives would never be the same.
Ally is an Ordinary; a human immune to the virus. She lives in a settlement outside the City with her mother and twin brother, but lately it doesn't seem to be enough. She is wrestling between being with her family and volunteering to move to the City, where she can work for the Exceptionals.
Luke is an Exceptional; a superior human being. His ancestors were infected with the virus and lived through it, leaving their super human strength and special abilities to him. He has never given much thought to Ordinarys, despite pressure from his father to choose one from the ORC. But all of that changes when he meets Ally...
Exceptional was a book I found that really got me excited. I have found to enjoy the dystopian paranormal/fantasy stories. Exceptional takes place in the future after a virus has either wiped out most humans or turned them into super humans. The story plot was a great idea and this book is very good for the YA readers. Although I did enjoy this book, I wished it would have been written for an older reading group. I think with that you could focus on less of the young romance and more of the horrors of the society and way of life for not only the Exceptionals but the Ordinaries, from an adult perspective. I would definitely recommend this book and I will continue to follow the series. I hope you enjoy!