The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects who carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: They always ask politely first.
The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. They’re the lucky ones; they found safety from the Singers. And while the threat of the Wicked may not be eliminated, for the True, the threat has certainly been contained…
The VEXED: The Vexed are the truly fortunate ones—they survived the sting of the Singers, leaving them immune. But they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it.
I’m always up for a post-apocalyptic plague story. I’ve read several, but this novel puts a fresh spin on the typical version.
Some reviews have referred to the Wicked as zombies. I didn’t see them that way at all. They’re almost childlike, but retain most of their memories and are able to function and take care of themselves. It’s unnerving, because it can be difficult to tell they’re Wicked. They’re lethal and, given the chance, will kill you in spectacular ways. However, as with children, their attention can usually be diverted – at least for a little while. Maybe enough time to get to safety. Maybe not. Don’t underestimate them.
There’s a clever plot twist toward the end. It’s something I suspected early on, but that didn’t make it any less ingenious, and it gives the whole story a new perspective.
How We Became Wicked isn’t just a post-apocalyptic story, it’s also about the sacrifices we make to save our loved ones. And how some people can so easily sacrifice others to save themselves. The ending leaves me to believe there may be a sequel. If so, I’ll definitely be looking for it. This novel is scheduled for release July 23, 2019.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.