• The Cure

  • A Young Adult Dystopian Novel (The Cure Chronicles, Book 1)
  • By: K. A. Riley
  • Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Before the Blight, becoming an adult was something teenagers looked forward to. But now, turning 18 means certain death.

Unless you prove yourself worthy of the Cure.

On her 17th birthday, Ashen Spencer is blindfolded and escorted to the massive, mysterious building known as the Arc to begin her year of training and testing in hopes that she can earn the Cure - a powerful drug given only to those deemed worthy to survive beyond their 18th birthday. Ashen has a chance to rise up from her former life of squalor and be granted a place in society, if the Panel - the mysterious group of powerful men and women in charge of the Arc - deems her year a success. 

She's assigned to live for twelve months with a wealthy family whose son is the most alluring young man she's ever met. At first, Ashen is grateful for the opportunity to earn her place in a society she's always dreamed of inhabiting. But as time passes and she begins to learn the truth about the people she admires so much and the home she left behind, she realizes she has a choice: 

Be part of the disease.... Or be part of the Cure.
For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Selection.

©2021 K. A. Riley (P)2021 K. A. Riley

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I agree with a previous review

This book has a lot of themes kind of jumbled together. It doesn't always make the most sense. It's not a terrible story but I won't be continuing with the series.

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Fell flat.

This book had about 10 different dystopian themes that were not explained at all. The romance was cheesy and unbelievable. The ending was so rushed too, with little to nothing explained.

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Wow!

From start to finish this book as just amazing! I can't wait for the next book!!

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Hunger games? (SPOILERS)

Too many similarities in this book Hunger Games to even count. I felt like I was reading a splice of a bunch of different books put in to one. Including A Winters Promise, The Selection Series, and Divergent. The Authors use of “arcs” in this book is almost exactly like Christelle Debos’s series, The Mirror Visitor (book 1; A Winters Promise). Which was a little annoying giving how original that idea is.
Overall I didn’t understand why the two main characters liked each other, other than Ashen thinking Finn was majorly attractive. There are too many plot holes. Why is it not discussed that ALL of the adults “dregs” are dead?? Seems like a pretty big deal. She doesn’t even react when her mother dies, and there is hardly any inner dialogue about her worry for her brother. I also didn’t enjoy how the narrator made every sentence seems like the characters were out of breath. Anyway, didn’t love this book and won’t be finishing the series.

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Good YA Dystopian Novel

The premise for The Cure is interesting. It's very relevant to things happening in real life as far as intentionally releasing a biological weapon and one ramification of it. The underlying motivation of greed is believable. The story was read a bit choppy and could have been performed more fluidly. Worth the read.

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This had to be a hunger game fanfic

The main character is definitely a marry sue. And it’s very simpler to hunger games

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Couldn't finish reading

I'm a big fan of dystopian, young-adult books and thought I'd give this a try since it had an interesting premise. The author doesn't do a great job describing the finer details; for example, the author had described everything going on in the MC's day until right before dinner. You'd expect that dinner would also be described, especially since the MC came from a very poor "neighborhood", but the author just says that dinner happened and that it's the next day. About 2/3 of the way through i realize that the romance is written very poorly and unrealistically. I also question what's so important about the MC besides her heritage, since she can't seem to come to conclusions about the love interests actions (something that ANYONE could predict) and can't piece together the injustices in the tower. She's only 17 but with how the MC is written, i don't know how she's going to save anyone or do anything to change the tower. And if she does manage to do something, the tower organization is incredibly simple and not smart at all. Most of the plot twists and devices in this book really don't make any sense or are way too simple. For these reasons, this book didn't seem very realistic to me and i couldn't continue reading.

if you really want to read/listen to a dystopian with a similar theme of this book, I would start the "The girl who dared to think" series by bella forest. Same life sustaining tower with a young woman as the MC (who by far is a much more interesting character), interesting side characters, and more convincing love interests. Same all controlling government, not so much a discrepancy with class. This book also reminds me of the TV show series called "snow-piercer", which definitely goes into the struggle between the poor and rich.

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Absolutely Amazing!

I first heard of this book on Tik Tok and really wanted to hear about all the hype that was going on and was not disappointed in the slightest!

The characters are relatable and actually feel real. The villians are horrible in such a believable way you hate them and yet understand exactly how they obtained power over others.

Emotions run high and you really don't know exactly what is going to happen. I'm just disappointed that the cliffhanger was so perfect and I don't have the second book in the series to jump right into after finishing The Cure!