Title: Sarina, Sweetheart
Author: Megan Carney
Publication date: March 5th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
Her name is Sarina Wocek. Her breath is
poison. She was not born out of love.
Twenty-three years ago, government officials traced the budding epidemic of hemorrhagic fever HF186-2A in south Florida to the Wocek family and their adorable six-week-old daughter, Sarina. Her father, Gregory, admitted his role in genetically engineering a biological weapon with pride. She was taken to a lab hidden in a rural area of New Hampshire. She hasn’t left since.
Her government keepers could cure her, but they won’t. Genetically engineering a child to be a weapon of mass destruction, that’s unethical. Refining a weapon of mass destruction that someone else created? That’s just being clever.
After twenty-three years of captivity, she escapes. She crosses an ocean to put her father and the lab behind her, but it’s not enough. When she sees the first bleeding sore, she knows she didn’t leave the virus behind either.
The only way she’ll be free is by destroying every trace of the lab. She only has one advantage; she doesn’t care if she makes it out alive.
And Now For My Review!
Sarina, Sweetheart is full of action, bravery, survival, self-discovery, romance, experiments, and evil military leaders working to make weapons out of young girls! It's full of pain, regret, revenge, and learning to trust as well as love. It's a tale in which Sarina carries a virus that kills all she comes in contact with once the trigger is activated. It's about her escaping the laboratory, discovering herself, getting experience, figuring out who is in charge and what the trigger is, and getting revenge. It's a beautiful and painful story that's incredibly realistic and easy to connect with.
It's cleverly plotted, well-written, has a brilliant (and easy-to-connect-with) heroine, and is full of raw emotions. Sarina, despite being locked up in a laboratory without much human socialization for all of her life and having been a lab rat (she was studied, tutored via live chat or books, had undergone involuntary surgery multiple times), is still a compassionate and thoughtful character. She hates the fact that she's killed (either because she contaminated them or they were killed because they had helped her) and she hates the fact that she puts so many people in danger being out in the open.
She is brilliant and strong though. During her time locked up, she managed to forge secret survival skills and plans that could help her avoid killing others. Just from reading magazines or watching television (which had all gone to supervisors to be checked first) she had learned tricks on how to preserve water and how to survive in the wild. She stored information about making homemade pepper spray, and even learned how to get what she wants without killing just from observing others. She is a quick learning and is incredibly intelligent. She can also speak multiple languages.
She knows her education was only provided so she could be the perfect weapon, but she uses it against them. And so her plan of revenge, and her escape was partially thanks to them (the evil military man and those who work for him).
I recommend this to all who like a realistic story with great characters and a clever plot. And sci-fi lovers!
Megan Carney is an author, geek and amateur photographer living in the Twin Cities. She has ten years of experience in the field of computer security. Her previous short story publications include: ‘Flighty Youth’ in the Raritan, ‘Modern Mayhem’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Swing By Close’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Directions’ in the Bell Tower. ‘Swing By Close’ and ‘Directions’ both won first prize in the fiction sections of that issue. The Christian Science Monitor dubbed her self-published photography book, ‘Signs of My Cities’ as having “youthful zest.”
Her non-literary creations include: a robot to clean the bathroom tub, Zim and Gir costumes, No-Dig tomato stakes, StickFriend the bear bag hanger, and a burning coal costume so she could be Katniss for a night.
(It's a pretty short review, but it's all I got. d:)