Hey guys! Okay, first things first, Happy Women’s Day to all the lovely ladies out there! I hope you all are having a wonderful day so far! Today, I’m delighted to be welcoming you to my stop of the Fragile Remedy Book Tour! Thank you so much TBR and Beyond Tours, along with the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book! I’m so excited for this post and I hope you enjoy! You can click the tour banner below to take a look at the tour schedule.
Title: Fragile Remedy
Author: Maria Ingrande Mora
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publishing Date: March 9, 2021
Content Warnings: Addiction, violence, characters being held against their will, human trafficking, mentions of infertility and chronic illnesses.
Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Tinker, fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is. But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their GEMs—a flaw that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication controlled by Gathos City. As Nate’s health declines, his hard-won freedom is put in jeopardy. Violence erupts across the Withers, his illegal supply of medicine is cut off, and a vicious attack on Reed threatens to expose his secret. With time running out, Nate is left with only two options: work for a shadowy terrorist organization that has the means to keep him alive, or stay — and die — with the boy he loves.
The worldbuilding: The first thing I noticed about this novel was how effectively its dystopian world was created and how easily I could imagine all the corresponding scenes in my head. Even the smallest details were so helpful and it made my reading experience so much better. All the different parts of this gloomy and deprived-of-resources world were on point and I loved all of it.
The characters and their development: Reed’s gang was by far my favourite aspect of Fragile Remedy. It was more of a “the odd one out” to “we’re all in this together” kind of situation, and reading the gradual change of Nate’s acceptance warmed my heart. We also see how each member of the gang put aside their problems and learn to trust the outsider. They learn about second chances and I feel like that’s a lesson a lot of us need to acknowledge. I loved how all of them were so protective and supportive towards each other. They had already lost so much in their life, that they didn’t want to lose the only family they had. Each and every one of the characters went through a lot of hardship, and thinking back on it now, it was really enlightening to read about how they all dealt with it.
An artful antagonist: I know this sounds like a strange point for someone to read a book, but I still think its important. For almost half the book, we don’t really see a potential villain, other than opposing rebel gangs. Soon afterwards, we’re introduced to the real antagonist, who of course, is designed for readers to hate. But even though I didn’t agree with their actions, I still understood where they’re coming from. All they were trying to do was survive in the harsh world they lived in, and I respect that, despite the fact that they made quite a few bad decisions. It’s not very often that I empathize with the antagonists, but this book did it.
The engaging plot: Although Fragile Remedy feels like more of a character-driven book, the plot definitely did itself justice. It gave me a lot of ‘The Maze Runner’ vibes, and I was so here for it. The story hooked me from the first chapter and I couldn’t stop reading. It makes you think too, that what if we were in that situation too? It’s so similar to what we’re experiencing today, with the global pandemic, and everyone striving for a cure. It felt so real, and as much as I don’t want to, some part of me could actually imagine our world like that one day, if we didn’t care for it.
The tender romance: What I really liked about the romance, other than the fact that it was the cutest thing ever, was that it didn’t overpower the main outline of the novel. A lot of the fantasy and science fiction novels I’ve read, start off with the romance as a sub plot, and it gradually takes over the whole story, but here it stuck to the side and it was something very new and interesting for me to experience. I think because the romance was more or less subdued, I was able to enjoy the story more, and could connect with it deeply.
Maria Ingrande Mora is a marketing executive and a brunch enthusiast. Her love languages are snacks, queer joy, and live music. A graduate of the University of Florida, Maria lives near a wetlands preserve with two dogs, two cats, two children, and two billion mosquitoes. She can often be found writing at her stand-up desk, surrounded by house plants. Unless the cats have already destroyed them.
That’s all for today! What are your thoughts? Will Fragile Remedy be one of the new books added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!