BOOK REVIEW – The Diseased Ones by Danielle Harrington

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In The Diseased Ones,  it is the year 2647 and Hollis Timewire has discovered she was born with a biomarker that alters her genetic makeup. This makes her one of the Diseased Ones which means she will have to leave society. However, she is carried to live with other Diseased Ones in their underground hideout. Here, she discovers that what she grew up learning in school may not be the truth and the government edited history to cover up their horrific crimes. However, all Hollis wants is to go home and she is willing to risk everything for that chance. 

I wanted to strangle Hollis at some points during this book even though I knew she only behaved the way she did because she was severely brainwashed. It was so irritating to see how stubborn she was about believing what she was taught instead of what she was seeing. 

The atmosphere at the Diseased Ones’ hideout was friendly and open. I took to Tiffany and Jonah as soon as they were introduced in the story. However, I was instantly turned off by Ashton’s ways. 

From the beginning, I was rushing to see what happened next in this book. The plot started quickly and continued holding my attention. It ended on a cliffhanger so I would definitely have to find out what happens next with Hollis. 

Suitable audience: This is a series aimed at young adults and teens. Anybody interested in sci-fi would enjoy this book. 

Recurrent themes: Superpowers. Genocide. Conspiracy theories. Brainwashing. No emotions. Government deception

Violence: Mass murder. Violence against children
Sexual Content: Kissing 
Profanity: None
Religious Themes: None
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: None

Life is easy in 2647, unless you’re a Diseased One…

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.


Name: The Diseased Ones

Author: Danielle Harrington

Genre: Sci-Fi

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Publication Date: February 8, 2020

Pages: 239 pages