September Buzz Book!!!
Love Is The Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
WHAT THE TEEN PRESS CORPS IS SAYING:
“I was very impressed with Love is the Drug. It’s a high-stakes novel that takes you on a roller coaster of political secrets, science mistakes, and the difficulties of having parents who don’t get you. Bird is one heck of a narrator too; fiery and tenacious, which are two qualities that make any book better. I love this in a novel. Suddenly I couldn’t put it down and I was flipping pages right and left. I became attached to Bird, and was invested in her search for the truth and justice.”
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.
Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus–something about her parents’ top secret scientific work–something she shouldn’t know.
The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR JOHNSON’S PREVIOUS BOOK,
THE SUMMER PRINCE:
“Evocative, disturbing, and exhilarating, this story leaves much for the reader to ponder, from the nuanced characters to fascinating central themes, including the impact of technology and the role of isolationism in a perilous world. Like leaping into cold water on a hot day, this original dystopian novel takes the breath away, refreshes, challenges, and leaves the reader shivering but yearning for another plunge.”
–BOOKLIST, starred review
“An art project, a rebellion and a sacrifice make up this nuanced, original cyberpunk adventure…. Luminous.”
— KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
“With its complicated history, founding myth, and political structure, Palmares Treis is compelling, as is the triple bond between June, Enki, and Gil as they challenge their world’s injustices.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review