Blog Tour: Transferral by Kate Blair (Melissa’s review)


written by Kate Blair
published by Dancing Cat Books, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I may have neglected my children and/or laundry to read this book, which I finished on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I may also have coerced Husband into bringing home Indian take-away so I could finish reading. Worth it.

Listen, this isn’t any sort of earth-shattering literature, but if you’re a fan of Divergent (or anything similar) this will really hit the spot for you. Young female discovers her world isn’t what she thought, decides to try and fix things, finds dreamy wrong-side-of-the-tracks boyfriend to help: it’s got everything you’d expect, plus a little Buffy-dates-the-Vampire vibe. It’s the kind of book my friend Katie would call a “hide it under your bed book”: it won’t change the world, but it’ll make for a lovely vicarious afternoon.


Would I recommend it: If you miss Tris, you should absolutely read this book.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
London, England, present day. This is the world as we know it, but with one key difference: medical science has found a way to remove diseases from the sick. The catch? They can only transfer the diseases into other living humans. The government now uses the technology to cure the innocent by infecting criminals.

It is into this world that Talia Hale is born. Now sixteen and the daughter of a prime ministerial candidate, she discovers that the effort to ensure that bad things happen only to bad people has turned a once-thriving community into a slum, and has made life perilous for two new friends.

When Talia’s father makes an election promise to send in the police to crack down on this community, Talia can only think of how much worse things will be for her friends. Will she defy her father to protect them, even if it means costing him the election?

Transferral , the debut from Kate Blair, is a chilling look at a world gone wrong because of its efforts to do right.



About the author: “I work for a nursing union. One of our nurses talked about being treated like a criminal during the SARS epidemic, with people crossing the street to avoid her. That sparked the idea of a world where criminals are punished with disease, which allowed me to explore ideas about scapegoating in our own society.”

Kate Blair is a native of Portsmouth, UK, and is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. Transferral is her first novel.

Find Ms. Blair here: web, Twitter, Goodreads