Cleo Porter and the Body Electric
Like everyone else, twelve-year-old Cleo and her parents are sealed in an apartment without windows or doors. They never leave. They never get visitors. Their food is dropped off by drones. So they’re safe. Safe from the disease that nearly wiped humans from the earth. Safe from everything. The trade-off?
They’re alone. Thus, when they receive a package clearly meant for someone else--a package containing a substance critical for a stranger’s survival--Cleo is stuck. As a surgeon-in-training, she knows the clock is ticking. But people don’t leave their units.
Not ever. Until now.
This is a great dystopian novel for tween readers, and would be great paired with Perry's Scavengers, about people living outside of a protective bubble around a cit. This did remind me of a book I read years ago but can't locate-- there was a plague of some kind and children were no longer allowed out to go to school, and there were high stakes on line testing. Burt is to be commended for his prescience in writing this book-- he had to have come up with the idea long before the pandemic! I love that Burt writes stand alone titles on disparate themes.