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Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Tinker, fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is. But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their GEMs—a flaw that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication controlled by Gathos City. As Nate’s health declines, his hard-won freedom is put in jeopardy. Violence erupts across the Withers, his illegal supply of medicine is cut off, and a vicious attack on Reed threatens to expose his secret. With time running out, Nate is left with only two options: work for a shadowy terrorist organization that has the means to keep him alive, or stay — and die — with the boy he loves.


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Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Tinker, fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is. But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their GEMs—a flaw that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication controlled by Gathos City. As Nate’s health declines, his hard-won freedom is put in jeopardy. Violence erupts across the Withers, his illegal supply of medicine is cut off, and a vicious attack on Reed threatens to expose his secret. With time running out, Nate is left with only two options: work for a shadowy terrorist organization that has the means to keep him alive, or stay — and die — with the boy he loves.

30 review for Fragile Remedy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Xiran Jay Zhao

    Personal Rating: I’d swim through the sludge channel to join Reed’s gang Reasons to Read: The immersive prose, the queer found family, the plot that keeps you guessing, the hope among the bleakness Is that a trope more heartwarming than queer found family? This book has such a grim and gritty setting (described so vividly that you’d never want to go there), but the story ends up surprisingly heartwarming. It takes place on the Withers, an island quarantined decades ago due to a since-eradicated “l Personal Rating: I’d swim through the sludge channel to join Reed’s gang Reasons to Read: The immersive prose, the queer found family, the plot that keeps you guessing, the hope among the bleakness Is that a trope more heartwarming than queer found family? This book has such a grim and gritty setting (described so vividly that you’d never want to go there), but the story ends up surprisingly heartwarming. It takes place on the Withers, an island quarantined decades ago due to a since-eradicated “lung rot” epidemic (what’s with me and unintentionally reading epidemic books in 2020?!). The protagonist Nate is a GEM, Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue, a type of human created during the epidemic to be used as medical fodder. He was born in the high-tech and glamorous Gathos City, but was smuggled to the Withers for his own safety, because he would’ve been treated like an object if he didn’t get out. The blood of GEMs has a drug-like intoxicating quality and can heal even critical wounds, which makes them highly valuable and sought after on the gritty streets of the Withers. The biggest threat comes from the Breakers, a group on the hunt for GEMS with big money to pay. Here’s where Nate’s biggest dilemma comes in: the gang he runs with doesn’t know he’s a GEM, and though they’re a close-knit found family, some of them have shown a burning desire to find a GEM and turn them in for the cash reward, which would be enough that they’d stop having to worry about feeding themselves. If Nate keeps hiding his identity, he’s putting them all in unwitting danger. If he comes clean, they could report him out of desperation for the money. What’s worse, a GEM’s body starts deteriorating once they reach a certain age, and they need a medicine called Remedy to stop the process. The only person Nate can get Remedy from is Alden, a trinket shop owner / drug dealer who he has a very complicated relationship with. Alden had taken Nate in and given him a place to stay, but fed on his blood so intensely that Nate had to run away. But since Alden is the only one who knows how to cook Remedy, Nate has to keep returning for doses behind his gang’s back. Nate’s secrets are a wedge between him and Reed, the beefy, green-eyed leader of his gang–who he has fallen in love with. Nate and Reed’s relationship was very sweet, with Reed always being concerned for Nate’s health and Nate being too afraid to tell the truth, but my favorite dynamic was actually that of Nate and Alden. Alden is a character you genuinely don’t know if you can trust in any given scene. There are moments where he seems to care about Nate, but Nate also had to run away from him for a very good reason. There are so many layers to their relationship that I legit could not tell if Alden was manipulating Nate. I really appreciated this complex portrayal of a queer character, who are often unquestionably good people. Sure, it’s important to offset the villain coding of queer characters that have happened so often in the past, but it’s no fun to have them just be Good. Let them be morally gray too!! The various multilayered conflicts kept up a sense of doom, danger, and tension throughout the entire book. I literally had no idea how things would turn out. The writing itself was also very visceral, describing the grimness and filth of the Withers very efficiently. There’s one descriptor, “sun-ripe piss,” that is now one of my favourite descriptors of all time. But, as bleak as the situation is, the story is ultimately about queer people sticking together and supporting each other through the impossible. Preorder it if that sounds like your thing! Full review and more cosplay shots on my blog Find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fabi

    Fantastic, diverse, lovable set of characters whom we join in a dystopian world where the haves and have-nots are severely divided not only by wealth and privilege but by location as well. Withers is the quarantine zone. Even though there is no longer danger from "lungrot", the people remain segregated in this run-down, poverty stricken town wholly dependent on the wealthy Gathos City for their basic necessities such as food and medicine. As often happens in real life, people who find themselves a Fantastic, diverse, lovable set of characters whom we join in a dystopian world where the haves and have-nots are severely divided not only by wealth and privilege but by location as well. Withers is the quarantine zone. Even though there is no longer danger from "lungrot", the people remain segregated in this run-down, poverty stricken town wholly dependent on the wealthy Gathos City for their basic necessities such as food and medicine. As often happens in real life, people who find themselves alone and struggling can and do form their own "families". I call them families instead of groups because they tend to treat each other very much like true blood relations including all the love, bickering and care with each other. Our protagonist started life in Gathos City as a GEM (genetically engineered medi-tissue), but in an effort to save his life, his parents secreted him away to the care of an elderly lady living in Withers. Unfortunately, she didn't live long enough to finish raising him and he found himself alone on the streets. Fortunate enough to join a group of other outcasts doing their best to survive without escaping into drugs or immoral behavior. Their world is gritty, dark, and unforgiving. Their struggles draw us readers in to cheer, fear and fight with them. Maria Ingrande Mora is a fresh new voice in the genre of sci-fi dystopian novels. Review ARC graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Actual rating: 4.5 (rounded up) A thousand thanks to Flux, North Star Editions, and NetGalley for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. The writing here is pretty fantastic and immersive, especially for a debut novel. The world building came at a good, steady pace, and didn’t feel like info-dumping like most SF stories I’ve read. The plot as a whole didn’t take long to wrap my head around, and I eventually gathered the ins-and-outs. The characters were a mixed bag (but in a Actual rating: 4.5 (rounded up) A thousand thanks to Flux, North Star Editions, and NetGalley for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. The writing here is pretty fantastic and immersive, especially for a debut novel. The world building came at a good, steady pace, and didn’t feel like info-dumping like most SF stories I’ve read. The plot as a whole didn’t take long to wrap my head around, and I eventually gathered the ins-and-outs. The characters were a mixed bag (but in a good way)— Nate was a favorite, as well as Pixel (cool and adorable) and Alden (because I dig a character with depth, even when they’re teetering between crooked and sympathetic). The fact that there is lgbt rep (several of the characters), trans rep, as well as having the main character be biracial (I’m guessing from his surname and father’s name, and also his physical description), and the love interest another person of color... it was great! (To note: This is an own voices book. The author is a queer woman). I don’t think there was one character I disliked (even including all the fleeting side characters and awful antagonists). There are a few small redemption arcs, too, that I’m glad came out (view spoiler)[In most SF stories, Juniper most likely would’ve been killed off, but I am so glad Ingrande Mora kept her around. Tragic characters with tragic backstories do not deserve tragic ends. (hide spoiler)] . Let me just say it again: I am awed that this is a debut novel! What really surprised me was how often I got teary-eyed or emotional. That doesn’t happen often, and again, it really goes to show how wonderfully Ingrande Mora realizes her characters, their relationships, and dramatic plotting. Also, let me tell you, I liiiiiiived for the angst!!! It’s certainly not a light and fluffy book; There is blood and violence, poverty and sickness, dirt and grime, death and sadness and anger. But Nate’s ragtag group was a shining spot of hope and family. If I had to make a complaint, it would only be the story at times suffers from redundancy: Nate’s constant worries and anxieties— his thoughts on Reed and Alden and all else— tends to always contain the same arguments over and over again (but it’s all thankfully less-so after the 50% mark as new troubles arise). This book was a surprise, and I am glad to have found it (and been given the chance to read it!). We can expect great things from this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimba Tichenor

    This YA science fiction is totally engrossing, with its best feature being its strong and nuanced development of the main characters. Through the stories of Nate, Reed, and Alden, the book tells a story that is as old as time, even as the book itself is set in a future world. It is a story of love, loss, wanting to belong somewhere, and learning to love with all the risks that come with loving someone, including their loss and possible betrayal. Where the book is slightly less successful is in f This YA science fiction is totally engrossing, with its best feature being its strong and nuanced development of the main characters. Through the stories of Nate, Reed, and Alden, the book tells a story that is as old as time, even as the book itself is set in a future world. It is a story of love, loss, wanting to belong somewhere, and learning to love with all the risks that come with loving someone, including their loss and possible betrayal. Where the book is slightly less successful is in fleshing out the conflict between Gathos City and the Withers. I think if this conflict had been fleshed out a bit more, the dystopian element of the book, i.e. its engagement with contemporary social and environmental crises, would have emerged more clearly. Still the book touches on many contemporary topics that should be of interest to young and not-so young readers: the moral and political implications of genetic research and reproductive technologies, the social ramifications of environmental destruction, the social and economic costs of the opioid crisis, and the relationship between wealth disparity and the allocation of resources. And thus, it is well worth reading as a story of love and loss and as a piece of dystopian fiction. I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Rating: 3.5 I really liked the characters (especially Nate, Reed, Alden and Pixel), but I didn't like where the plot went at about 70% into it. I didn't like the villain. I think the character could have been a good person instead of a, sometime over the top, bad person. Rating: 3.5 I really liked the characters (especially Nate, Reed, Alden and Pixel), but I didn't like where the plot went at about 70% into it. I didn't like the villain. I think the character could have been a good person instead of a, sometime over the top, bad person.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I loved this unique story! This was so interesting and kept me intrigued from the beginning. The idea of genetically developing humans with DNA that can replicate and heal itself and then using them to heal others isn't as farfetched as it seems. Science can be amazing, but how far is too far and where is the line drawn? Nate was a sweet, intelligent kid and I felt so bad that he was on his own and lying to his friends because he couldn't truly trust anyone. His relationship with Pixel was my fav I loved this unique story! This was so interesting and kept me intrigued from the beginning. The idea of genetically developing humans with DNA that can replicate and heal itself and then using them to heal others isn't as farfetched as it seems. Science can be amazing, but how far is too far and where is the line drawn? Nate was a sweet, intelligent kid and I felt so bad that he was on his own and lying to his friends because he couldn't truly trust anyone. His relationship with Pixel was my favorite, she's adorable and must be protected. Reed and the girls were good friends and I'm glad Nate had them and they cared for him. The story was well paced and the world building was great. I definitely understood what was happening without needing major info dumps. This concludes wonderfully and I devoured it all in one sitting. I'm excited for this to come out so everyone can check it out! Thank you to NetGalley and North Star Editions for this advance copy. All opinions are honest and my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rania | rania’s rambling reads

    I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing me a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! As you all probably know, science fiction is not a genre I find myself liking a lot and I am trying to get into reading more of these books. And now I’m wondering why the hell I never liked them before. It was a little slow at first, but everything about it was so intricately written and I loved it more than I ever expected to. I’m not going to get into the details of this bo I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing me a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! As you all probably know, science fiction is not a genre I find myself liking a lot and I am trying to get into reading more of these books. And now I’m wondering why the hell I never liked them before. It was a little slow at first, but everything about it was so intricately written and I loved it more than I ever expected to. I’m not going to get into the details of this book because I have a whole blog post dedicated to it, so if you’re interested to know more about Fragile Remedy, check that out! https://raniasramblingreads.wordpress...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Hello dear readers. With just two weeks until Fragile Remedy's launch, I want to make sure you have access to content warnings: https://www.mariamora.net/books Thank you so much for letting Nate and his found family into you heart. Walk well. Hello dear readers. With just two weeks until Fragile Remedy's launch, I want to make sure you have access to content warnings: https://www.mariamora.net/books Thank you so much for letting Nate and his found family into you heart. Walk well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    When the fatal lung rot breaks out in Gathos City, GEMs are created (Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue). Nate is one who was smuggled out of Gathos City and now lives in the slums of the Withers. He’s a tinker who hangs with a rag tag bunch. As GEMs get older though their health deteriorates and they need medicine called Remedy that is controlled by Gathos City. As chem addicts in the Withers start to cause issues Nate’s supply of Remedy dries up. Now he’s in a fight for his life. I have never r When the fatal lung rot breaks out in Gathos City, GEMs are created (Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue). Nate is one who was smuggled out of Gathos City and now lives in the slums of the Withers. He’s a tinker who hangs with a rag tag bunch. As GEMs get older though their health deteriorates and they need medicine called Remedy that is controlled by Gathos City. As chem addicts in the Withers start to cause issues Nate’s supply of Remedy dries up. Now he’s in a fight for his life. I have never read anything quite like this before. The whole concept is new to me and unique. I really enjoyed the story line. Nate and his group of friends are so different from one another, but they work so well together. There are secrets that they all keep, but it’s for everyone’s safety. The characters are great too. Loyal and caring. The author does a great job with world building and paints a pretty vivid picture of the Withers for the reader. My only negative thought on the book is that it dragged in some spots. Nate is very worried that others will find out that he’s a GEM and turn him in for money and he dwells on it. He’s also worried about his friends getting into trouble for having him around. Nate’s unconventional relationship with his Remedy dealer is a bit disturbing and I think Nate should have addressed it sooner. All and all I enjoyed the book and I look forward to her next one. (Advanced readers copy courtesy of NetGalley)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moony MeowPoff

    I got this eARC from Netgalley in exhange for a honest review 2.75 stars. I was a bit unsure about the story, but i liked Nate alot. He was very easy to like and grew on me pretty quickly. Though i was a bit unsure about his love interest, i liked him enoguh but did not feel attatched in any way though. But the writing as easy to follow and had a nice flow.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This book talks about the social difference between riches and poors (highlighted by physical separations), addiction, murder, death, torture, the importance and meaning of family, above all the one you can create, love and relationship. Nate is a GEM (Genetically Engineered Medical Surrogate) and he was created by Gathos City, to keep the healthy alive and happy (his blood has healing and wondrous proprieties). To save and give I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This book talks about the social difference between riches and poors (highlighted by physical separations), addiction, murder, death, torture, the importance and meaning of family, above all the one you can create, love and relationship. Nate is a GEM (Genetically Engineered Medical Surrogate) and he was created by Gathos City, to keep the healthy alive and happy (his blood has healing and wondrous proprieties). To save and give him a chance to live and not to be abused all the time, his parents smuggled him out into the Withers, a place separated from the elite city, a lawless place where he learned to survive as a Tinker, finding his own family with a scavenging gang. But Nate's days are threatened and counted, since the scientists of Gathos City buiilt a failsafe, making the GEMs' bodies deteriorate with age, if they don't take regularly their medicine. When remedy's supply (his saving medicine) is threatened and Reed, the boy he loves, is badly hurt, Nate finds himself into a difficult position. I really, really loved Fragile Remedy. Nate is an amazing main character, weighed down by his past. He was abused by cruel scientists and he's burdened by own lies, since he's scared to tell the gang he's beginning to see as a family the truth about his origin, scared they, to survive, could sell him out. Into a zone where people look for GEMs and their blood, where they are devastated by the drug named chem and subjects to Gathos City's whims, Nate doesn't know who to trust. His relationship with Alden, his remedy supplier, is complex and abusive, weighed down by wants and needs and feelings, while in the one with Reed there are so many lies and half-truths, even though it's clear they really love each other and the other with Pixel, the young girl in the gang, is sweet and protective. I loved the characters' complex relationships. They would do anything to protect each other and to survive and when one of them is in danger they are ready to do the impossibile, against the cruelty of greed and people. Their creating a family with each other was a wonderful thing and their loyalty, their love was inspiring and absolute. It was comforting and sweet reading how they have each other's backs, how they support and love one other. Intelligent Nate, resolute Reed, sarcastic Sparks, strong Brick and sweet Pixel. This book wrecked me, emotionally, because it was impossible not to love its characters. Not to want to protect and love Nate, Reed, Brick, Sparks and Pixel, cheering for their safety and happy ending. I loved the family they created, their fierce loyalty to each other. The complexity of Nate and Alden's relationship and the intense and complicated one with Reed are beautifully written and it was a pleasure to discover their intricacies. How both Alden and Reed were ready to fight the world for Nate, each of them in his own way. I loved the writing style and I felt so involved I cried and laughed with the characters, feeling sad, cheering for them, squealing in delight. The author got me hooked since the very beginning, pushing me to read more and more, because I needed to see them safe and sound, to see how the story would pan out. I liked how, through a story about love, survival, family and relationships, the author talked about the abuse the riches inflict on poor people. The gap was clear through physical separation (the gates) and because the Withers were depending on the City's supplies (food, remedy and so on). It was interesting reading the way its inhabitants struggled to survive, many surrending themselves to drugs, and others struggling to have a home in a place abandoned by many. Reading how many people in the Withers choose to drug themselves indicated their suffered and bleak life. How, to escape a grim and hopeless reality people were attracted by drugs, wanting to forget, to "fly", as they said in the book. Wonderful and inspiring was reading, instead, how Reed's gang mantained their morals and wanted to avoid conflicts with the majior players: the A-Volts, the Breakers, but they were ready, though, when one of their own was threatened and hurt.. Fragile Remedy lays important questions about morality and science, pushing the reader to think the lenght the science should go. If a clone was created to save people's lives, what should his/her rights be? He/she should be considered a human being? What exactly being humans mean? Should science appeal to humanity and decency or shouldn't? The end justify the means and so on. I found the social message really important and on point. It was intense thinking about that, above all because the reader sees through Nate's eyes, his feeling trapped, used and hurt, his life created to be in other's service, his own blood used to heal others while weakening him, his own life depending on medicine his captors created. Nate's reality was awful and incredibly complex and he wanted to survive and, at the same time, he was ready to sacrifice himself for the people he loved the most. It was hard to read about Nate's story, because I felt acutely his feeling trapped, his hopelessness, above all with Agatha. I was impressed by Alden's character, too, because both he and Nate, in their own ways, were forced to do things to survive, things that left them wrecked with shame and guilt. Alden's life, like Nate's wasn't easy, so he resolved to drugs and to forgetting. I loved Alden's personality and appearance, so flashy, so flirty and sarcastic all the time. He's one of my favourite characters. Reading through Nate's POV was an intense experience. It was sweet, embarassed and cute when he was with Reed and I loved their interactions. Nate and Reed, they are amazing together and their relationship was a slow burn, until, the wonderful and hopeful ending. Their touches, their gazing, their being embarassed were absolutely cute and loving. The way they are fiercely protective of each other and their family, how unsure were of the other feelings. I loved everything. The review will be posted on Lu's books on June 16.

  12. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    “How do you know it wasn’t people from the wreck?” He looked at Reed. “I wasn’t watching all that,” Reed rubbed the back of his head. “I was watching you.” On my blog. Rep: gay mc, Black gay li, trans side character CWs: implied human experimentation, abuse, descriptions of gore, starvation, drug abuse Galley provided by publisher Nothing quite hits like a found family in a dystopian situation hits. There’s something about the whole potentially-mistrustful people thrown together by circumstanc “How do you know it wasn’t people from the wreck?” He looked at Reed. “I wasn’t watching all that,” Reed rubbed the back of his head. “I was watching you.” On my blog. Rep: gay mc, Black gay li, trans side character CWs: implied human experimentation, abuse, descriptions of gore, starvation, drug abuse Galley provided by publisher Nothing quite hits like a found family in a dystopian situation hits. There’s something about the whole potentially-mistrustful people thrown together by circumstances who come to trust and love each other that is just it. And that is what Fragile Remedy delivers. In this world, rich people keep genetically engineered “bodies” as a cure for fatal lung-rot. Nate is one such “body”, but he is hidden in the Withers, a quarantined region. He is part of a small gang, led by Reed, but they do not know his secret. YA dystopia used to be one of my favourite genres (not to say it’s totally fallen from favour now, I just read it less), so I always knew I would enjoy this book. It is a fast-paced dystopia, but still centered around a family, and fighting for your family. I think it’s clear from the above what my favourite part of this book was. I mean, let’s be real, was it ever likely to be anything else? (Although I will admit that Nate and Reed came close.) Give me a found family fighting together and I’ll attach myself to them like a limpet. Yes, it did also help that Nate and Reed were so good, but I would have liked the whole family either way. If there was anything I liked less about the book, it’s that it all felt a little superficial to me, plotwise. I’m not sure why, and it’s not like every book has to be some deep and meaningful story. It’s just that this felt sort of light on the ground. But hey, the characters and my love for them definitely made up for that. So if you’re looking for a good, standalone dystopia, focusing on family (and, really, who isn’t), this is the one for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna Goose

    I had the opportunity to beta read FRAGILE REMEDY, and I have to say I was blown away. I’m a quick reader, sure, but I devoured this book in less than 36 hours. The attention to detail, the captivating plot line, the dynamic character development, the well-developed universe, and the natural pace all brought me into Nate’s world like I was right there with him. AND being right there with him, I felt “all the feels” (as we say these days): the warmth of Nate’s relationships with “the gang;” the c I had the opportunity to beta read FRAGILE REMEDY, and I have to say I was blown away. I’m a quick reader, sure, but I devoured this book in less than 36 hours. The attention to detail, the captivating plot line, the dynamic character development, the well-developed universe, and the natural pace all brought me into Nate’s world like I was right there with him. AND being right there with him, I felt “all the feels” (as we say these days): the warmth of Nate’s relationships with “the gang;” the confusion when he didn’t have all the pieces fit together yet; and of course the mental overload of a long, action- and information-packed day. In addition to the depth of this story, the way Nate’s attraction to Reed is approached by both the text itself and the characters it contains, is so natural, so unaffected, that for the time I was reading I completely forgot the state of the society in which we live. Just in time for Pride month (in the US), I felt privileged to enter a world in which, amongst all the battles Nate had to fight, a battle for his peers’ love and acceptance of his sexual identity was not one of them. [Extra bonus love for the casual way the trans character is accepted without question!] All in all, this is one that I could read again and again, and likely will. It was such an honor to get to read FRAGILE REMEDY before the rest of the world, and I can’t wait to see how much everyone else loves it as much as I did.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Her Bookish Obsession

    I was completely blown away by the young adult dystopian read! I immediately fell in love with Reed, Nate, and the rest of the gang. The world created by the author is a rich and layered tapestry. I loved the family dynamic of Reed's gang. The ending was perfect! As an overall story, and as someone who gets really invested in characters, I found Fragile Remedy to be an entertaining read. There's a little something for everyone: a tad of yearning romance found family and the fight for survival in I was completely blown away by the young adult dystopian read! I immediately fell in love with Reed, Nate, and the rest of the gang. The world created by the author is a rich and layered tapestry. I loved the family dynamic of Reed's gang. The ending was perfect! As an overall story, and as someone who gets really invested in characters, I found Fragile Remedy to be an entertaining read. There's a little something for everyone: a tad of yearning romance found family and the fight for survival in a dystopic world. Nate is a hidden GEM who's been smuggled out of Gathos City into the chem-addled Withers, and if he's made, who knows what people are willing to do for his "magic" blood. Ultimately, Nate must keep his identity a secret from everyone he loves, and still find Remedy, the only thing keeping him alive. This was such a refreshing read for the dystopian genre. The world-building is rich and is revealed through clever narration. The characters are so nuanced, diverse, and fleshed out through their interactions, rather than just info-dumping backstories. The romance between the three leads was so palpable just from Nate's perspective, it's still resonating with me. I really like how easily I was able to slide into this small corner of this book's universe. Although I wish we could have glimpsed more into Gathos City, I found that disconnect heightened the level of fear the Alley Cats had for their safety, from unseen dangers and overblown rumors. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. As much as I loved it, I did struggle with it for a long time. It was hard to get through and harder to experience all their hardship and everything they went through to make it to the other side. Though this is not a relationship or love-focused story, I did enjoy the romance between Nate and Reed. But more than that I very much enjoyed the friendship between Alden and Nate, Alden wasn't a good person and he hurt a lot of people but he was still a fantastic character and I couldn't help but root for him and his adorable quirkiness. All and all, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and am I VERY excited for the rest of the world to enjoy it too. I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more Ingrande Mora, she is a force to be reckoned with.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and was interested because of the synopsis. I expected to like this book, I did not expect to LOVE IT wholeheartedly, but I did. From the very first chapter I was hooked. I started reading at noon, and could not put it down. I ignored all my chores for the day and settled in with Nate as he navigated life in the slum. FRAGILE MEMORY is not just a book, it is an experience. This book is Young Adult Dystopian Fiction at it's Finest. Go to my blog I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and was interested because of the synopsis. I expected to like this book, I did not expect to LOVE IT wholeheartedly, but I did. From the very first chapter I was hooked. I started reading at noon, and could not put it down. I ignored all my chores for the day and settled in with Nate as he navigated life in the slum. FRAGILE MEMORY is not just a book, it is an experience. This book is Young Adult Dystopian Fiction at it's Finest. Go to my blog to read my full review at http://bit.ly/FragileRemedy DESCRIPTION: "Sixteen-year-old Nate is a Gem—a Genetically Engineered Medical Surrogate—created by Gathos City scientists as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, Nate was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. He manages to survive by becoming a Tinker, fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is. But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their Gems—a flaw in their DNA that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication controlled by Gathos City. When violence erupts across the Withers, Nate’s illegal supply of medicine is cut off, and a vicious attack on Reed threatens to expose his secret. With time running out, Nate is left with only two options: work for a shadowy terrorist organization that has the means to keep him alive, or stay—and die—with the boy he loves." FRAGILE MEMORY is not just a book, it is an experience. This book is Young Adult Dystopian Fiction at it's Finest. http://bit.ly/FragileRemedy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca

    HOLY SHIT! what an amazing read! seeing at this is Maria's debut novel, I am very surprised at the level from which she is starting.. The story follows Nate and his merry band of scavengers trying to survive in the lowest and poorest side of the city known as The Withers. Can I just say how strong and brave I think they all are because they have VIP passes on the world's worse Struggle Bus. Not only that but Nate is a GEM, which means he also struggles with making sure he has enough Remedy in hi HOLY SHIT! what an amazing read! seeing at this is Maria's debut novel, I am very surprised at the level from which she is starting.. The story follows Nate and his merry band of scavengers trying to survive in the lowest and poorest side of the city known as The Withers. Can I just say how strong and brave I think they all are because they have VIP passes on the world's worse Struggle Bus. Not only that but Nate is a GEM, which means he also struggles with making sure he has enough Remedy in his system in order to survive and function. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. As much as I loved it, I did struggle with it for a long time. It was hard to get through and harder to experience all their hardship and everything they went through to make it to the other side. Though this is not a relationship or love-focused story, I did enjoy the romance between Nate and Reed. But more than that I very much enjoyed the friendship between Alden and Nate, Alden wasn't a good person and he hurt a lot of people but he was still a fantastic character and I couldn't help but root for him and his adorable quirkiness. All and all, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I am VERY excited for the rest of the world to enjoy it too. I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more Ingrande Mora, she is a force to be reckoned with. thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tanvi

    Thanks to Flux and Netgalley for this wonderful book. Sixteen-year-old Nate, a GEM (or genetically modified human) is trying to make his way on the streets of the quarantined island the Withers, to feed his gang by bartering ‘tech’, used parts of old machines. But when an explosion rocks the Withers, things change rapidly, and not for the better. Not only does Nate have to navigate an increasingly chaotic island, he has to do so while chronic illness hangs over him like the Sword of Damocles. I ca Thanks to Flux and Netgalley for this wonderful book. Sixteen-year-old Nate, a GEM (or genetically modified human) is trying to make his way on the streets of the quarantined island the Withers, to feed his gang by bartering ‘tech’, used parts of old machines. But when an explosion rocks the Withers, things change rapidly, and not for the better. Not only does Nate have to navigate an increasingly chaotic island, he has to do so while chronic illness hangs over him like the Sword of Damocles. I can’t find words for how much I enjoyed this book. Not only does it tick the diversity boxes, it’s a fantastic story of addiction, found family and the power of big pharma. The writing hooked me from the first page, and the stakes were always high for Nate. The characters suffered real injury and there were meaningful consequences for their actions. There was very little about this I didn’t like: maybe one reveal at the end felt a bit cliched. I would have liked to see some of the consequences of the lung-rot. All we were told was that it had been cured using the GEMs. While it was a clever twist to have them work the way they did, I was confused as to why the city was still quarantined. As another reviewer pointed out, fleshing out the Withers’ relationship to Gathos City would have shed a bit more light on this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    3.5 90% of this book was nate being subjected to torture but man i love the found family trope so much

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

    3.5 Stars? Don't know if I'll write a full review, but... "I don't like people I dislike talking to people I do like." "You don't like me." Alden let out a deep sigh. "You tire me." Without another word, he folded himself over Nate's middle like a heavy blanket and passed out. Only Alden could make falling asleep a dramatic exit. Alden is an imperfect person, but a perfect character, and I love him. 3.5 Stars? Don't know if I'll write a full review, but... "I don't like people I dislike talking to people I do like." "You don't like me." Alden let out a deep sigh. "You tire me." Without another word, he folded himself over Nate's middle like a heavy blanket and passed out. Only Alden could make falling asleep a dramatic exit. Alden is an imperfect person, but a perfect character, and I love him.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bekah Rogers

    When I first read the description for this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. It sounded like everything I could ever want in a book. Action, a gang of misfits, and a romance, yes please! After a couple of friends raved about it and encouraged me to read it, I did just that and, oh boy, I was not disappointed! The story follows Nate, a GEM or Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue, who is taken away from the labs of Gathos City to the dangerous region outside the city gates, the Withers When I first read the description for this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. It sounded like everything I could ever want in a book. Action, a gang of misfits, and a romance, yes please! After a couple of friends raved about it and encouraged me to read it, I did just that and, oh boy, I was not disappointed! The story follows Nate, a GEM or Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue, who is taken away from the labs of Gathos City to the dangerous region outside the city gates, the Withers. From the word “go” this book throws readers into Nate’s fast paced life in the Withers and really doesn’t let up until the very last page. The plot and pace of this book are only a couple of the things that sucked me in when it comes to this book. Needing to find out what was going to happen to Nate and the other characters in this book kept me flipping pages for hours at a time. Speaking of characters, they’re the next thing that made me fall so in love with this book. I think Nate was a great main character and getting to experience this world from his perspective allowed readers to get a real feel for the situation GEMs in the Withers are in. Reed and all the members of his gang, especially Pixel, were all absolutely wonderful characters who all contributed a different element to their little found family. Another thing I really enjoyed were the more morally gray characters. These are characters who aren’t pure evil, their motives for their bad deed are understandable, or in some cases justified. In my opinion these include characters like Alden, Agatha, and even Juniper. In particular, Alden was a character that at first I wasn’t sure I liked because of how he treated Nate, and while never justified, his action and motives became clearer as the story went on and put him in this morally gray area. The final element of this book that really caught my attention and allowed my to immerse myself in the story was the world building. Being able to picture events and location in a book greatly affect my ability to enjoy that story, as I’m sure is the case with most readers. I believe Maria Ingrande Mora does an excellent job with her descriptions of the Withers and all the other locations throughout this story and the eve that occur within. I think she also does a fabulous job of giving backstory in a way that while informative does not hinder the pace of the overall story. From its fast paced plot to it’s amazing cast of characters and world building, Fragile Remedy was everything I hoped it would be and more! I’m unsure whether or not this is an intended series, but I would be more than happy to read more about any member of the Alley Cats! I would like to thank Netgalley for sending me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arundhati

    Now that I am done with my sob fest, I'll try finding coherent words to describe this book. Honestly it was really difficuly for me to go through this one. It pained me so much. This is a sci-fi dystopian novel set in a post apocalyptic/ post pandemic world. The writing is pretty straightforward and simple. The descriptions are really vivid and detailed that it actually gave me creeps and I am sure it will give me nightmares. Their world is dark, gritty and completely unforgiving. The writing is Now that I am done with my sob fest, I'll try finding coherent words to describe this book. Honestly it was really difficuly for me to go through this one. It pained me so much. This is a sci-fi dystopian novel set in a post apocalyptic/ post pandemic world. The writing is pretty straightforward and simple. The descriptions are really vivid and detailed that it actually gave me creeps and I am sure it will give me nightmares. Their world is dark, gritty and completely unforgiving. The writing is so raw that is bound to invoke emotions. The themes and topics dealt are heavy and dark. The whole tone of the story is very gloomy and bleak, with our squad trying to find what little hope they can. The story follows Nate who is a GEM who are genetically engineered experiments initially made in order to cure the lung rot. As the blood of these GEMs are a source of huge benefits, people started harvesting and abusing them. Nate escapes to abandoned area of the city called Withers, where he runs with a gang barely surviving to meet his daily needs. But as he comes of a certain age his condition starts getting worse which can be only cured through a remedy which is very rare and highly regulated. In his battle for survival he gets caught up in the gang politics of Withers and brings down the dangers to his whole gang. I liked Nate. He is burdened with the guilt of hiding his true self from his gang while he is struggling to just survive. He is so afraid of being found out yet he shows bravery when it comes to stand up for his gang. He is a great tinker and very loyal to his friends. I loved his relationship with Reed, Alden and Pixel. Oh how much I loved little Pix. I was so scared for her. Reed was a lovely character. He was an able leader, very principled who stuck to his beliefs even when it meant to let go off someone he truly cared for. I loved the little moments between Nate and Reed. Specially their game of wishes. That was just the cutest thing😍🥰. But my favorite has to be Alden. He had such a complex relationship with Nate. Even though he did so many questionable things in the past, he deeply cared for Nate. I agree that Alden's relationship with Nate was definitely problematic... but their chemistry was leaping off the pages. He was so tender and caring when Nate fell sick. My heart just melted.🥺 And then the hairbrush scene had to happen. I bawled my eyes in those moments. That has to be one of the most heart breaking things I have read.😭 All the characters were multi layered having so many shades and complexities. It was a delight to read about them. All in all this one is a solid debut. I am really happy that I picked this up even though it made me cry so bad. -->3.75

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne Pauline

    ** this ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review 4.5/5 As I first read the description of this book, I was both intrigued and sure that I was going to like this book. And I was right. As a real fan of a good SF/dystopian book, I truly enjoyed ‘Fragile Remedy’ for this ‘The Island’ vibes. The set-up was clear and steady and I was rapidly immersed in the universe and the conflict between Gathos City and the Withers. Dystopian worlds have the tendency of looking a bit the sam ** this ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review 4.5/5 As I first read the description of this book, I was both intrigued and sure that I was going to like this book. And I was right. As a real fan of a good SF/dystopian book, I truly enjoyed ‘Fragile Remedy’ for this ‘The Island’ vibes. The set-up was clear and steady and I was rapidly immersed in the universe and the conflict between Gathos City and the Withers. Dystopian worlds have the tendency of looking a bit the same with a repressive and conservative regime, but I like that this book went a bit further from that especially by questioning the link that exists between wealth and health, the use of of technology on our own bodies. I think pain has never been so well-written in that kind of books and even if it was sometimes quite hard to read (thanks to the beautiful writing-style) I really liked that part of the story. Pain is nor a motivation or a determination for our main character Nate. He was by far my favorite character of the book because he was complexed and clear as water at the same time. He remains true to himself, true to his heart, without being this big hero. You can always find a way to my heart with the trope of the hero-who-doesn’t-realise-he-is-one. And Nate is one of a kind. I loved the relationship between the characters. The whole « family is what you choose » is something that always works in that kind of books when all the members of the family have this marvelous connection and personalities. The slow passion that settles between Nate and Reed was absolutely beautiful ; I love how the physical contacts and the looks were written like it was something forbidden but so much desired. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just leave my review there. But this book is fantastic. I could not believe it was a debut novel as I was reading it. A major tour de force! (queer rep- POC - m/m)

  23. 5 out of 5

    ella

    ★★★☆☆ 3/5 thank you to flux and netgallery for the arc! i liked this one! the worldbuilding was SO incredibly rich and had so much potential, but the plot kind of skipped over the interesting stuff, and was just... meh. the book was kind of all over the place and super unpredictable, and not really in a fun way. i did connect with all of the characters almost instantly, and i thought they were all very well developed!

  24. 5 out of 5

    alice ☼

    3 stars! — [♡] ‧₊˚✧ good world building, and while enjoyable i just felt the plot was slightly lacking. wasn’t anything i’ve never seen or read before. warning for violence, death, drug use, mention of prostitution, off page death of a parent.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miracle

    holy fuck, this hurt. it’s SO good. the world building is beautiful and heartbreaking and i loved so many of the characters. it hurts and and it’s hopeful and i will die without a sequel. please.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raffi

    I received an advanced copy of this dystopian, sci fi, Queer, YA novel and LOVED it. I wanted to hug almost every character and bake them cookies. The story was unique and compelling, but I am not about to offer spoilers! Buy and enjoy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carlee

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow! I am so glad I waited a few days after finishing to write my review because it's allowed me to reflect on how much I enjoyed this book. Fragile Remedy is a book I had not heard of until it appeared before me on NetGalley, and so I went in with no expectations. To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book would be an understatement. The more I think about it, the more its heart and characters and originality shine! Fr I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow! I am so glad I waited a few days after finishing to write my review because it's allowed me to reflect on how much I enjoyed this book. Fragile Remedy is a book I had not heard of until it appeared before me on NetGalley, and so I went in with no expectations. To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book would be an understatement. The more I think about it, the more its heart and characters and originality shine! Fragile Remedy tells the story of 16-year-old Nate, a Genetically Engineered boy (GEM) whose body can be used as a sort of drug/cure-all for the rich to feed off of. After being smuggled away from the abusive scientists of Gathos City, Nate has spent the last several years working as a Tinker in the brutal slum known as the Withers and trying to keep a low profile. His life takes a turn for the better when he meets Reed, the leader of a small gang of scavengers who all accept Nate into their little family. But there's a catch. The scientists of Gathos City have engineered the GEMs so that they will die without a drug known as Remedy. When Nate's Remedy supplier dries up, Nate is faced with an impossible decision: die with his found family and the boy he loves, or give his life over to a dangerous terrorist in order to survive. It's not often that you see a high concept YA such as this one tell such a satisfying story in a single book. I feel like the market is so over-saturated with series, it can be kind of refreshing to find a book that gives you everything you want in a self-contained story. Although I enjoyed this book so much I would easily read a sequel. The thing I liked most about this book was seeing how complicated Nate's relationships are with the various people in his life. He has to lie to people that he loves, he loves people who he knows have hurt him--and helping the people he loves now might mean hurting them in the longrun, or vice versa. Nate's relationship with his friend Alden was especially interesting to me, and even though I sometimes hated Alden, I also felt like I could see why Nate cared about him and that made me want to like him more. I also loved the friends-to-lovers dynamic between sweet Nate and strong Reed, and the big-brother-type relationship between Nate and Pixel. There is a wide variety of relationship dynamics in this book which I always appreciate in YA. Romance is important, but it's not EVERYTHING. I liked almost everything about this book, but there were a couple of things that stopped me from LOVING everything about this book. I think the book has a really strong first half, with a slightly more lagging second half. I would have actually liked to see more of Reed and Nate's relationship/friendship when it's not just frantic survival mode. I think that supporting characters (basically everyone except Nate, Reed, Alden, and Pixel) could have used a little more development, but I did like the parts of them that I got to see! I also think the appearance of a certain character right near the end (no spoilers!) felt a little forced and out of place. In general, the end felt a bit sudden. I was left with several questions, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. I don't need all the answers, especially in a stand-alone. Overall, I was charmed and impressed by this book. After going back and forth a bit, I've decided to give it 4 stars. I'll definitely be recommending this one to my bookish friends!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Oli

    Fragile Remedy took me on a whirlwind of emotions. I can't remember the last time I felt so much whilst reading a book: anxiety over the characters' situations; anger when they faced injustice; joy when the characters triumphed or fought back; sadness and grief over some of the horrible situations they found themselves in. Everything swirled together perfectly, all presented within an immersive and visceral prose that kept me hooked from the first chapter. The various conflicts and differing pow Fragile Remedy took me on a whirlwind of emotions. I can't remember the last time I felt so much whilst reading a book: anxiety over the characters' situations; anger when they faced injustice; joy when the characters triumphed or fought back; sadness and grief over some of the horrible situations they found themselves in. Everything swirled together perfectly, all presented within an immersive and visceral prose that kept me hooked from the first chapter. The various conflicts and differing power dynamics added an interesting layer to the novel. The stark contrast between the rich and the poor, alongside the brutality of how far people are willing to go to survive when they are left with barely anything, maintained a very real sense of tension and danger throughout the book. Regardless of there being a main antagonist, the levels of morality are questioned - the lines between what we consider to be 'good' and 'evil' blurred through the lens of people trying to survive in difficult situations, against a backdrop of horror and hardship. And yet despite this, there is a constant undertone of hope, the main characters creating a beautiful found family together and supporting each other through the unthinkable. As for the characters, I fell in love with them from the start. Even the ones who teetered the line of moral ambiguity. I fell in love with Nate's bravery and realness, Reed's fierce protectiveness, Sparks' spirit and Brick's loyalty. Pixel was a particular bright spot, with her youthful lightness and determination. I ended up feeling just as protective of her (and the whole gang) as the other characters did. The blooming relationship between Nate and Reed was really sweet and heart-warming to see, with their interactions constantly bouncing between their feelings for each other and the consistent danger they were in - soothed by the feeling of safety and comfort they both brought to the other. One of my favourite things in media is domesticity in queer couples, and this book delivered. But I also loved that their developing relationship wasn't necessarily the main plot of the book. It never felt put on the back burner, but also never overpowered the main plot points or the very present danger that threatened the characters. My favourite relationship dynamic had to be the friendship between Nate and Alden, particularly due to the portrayal of toxicity within a friendship. With many books I've read, toxic relationships tend to focus on romantic/sexual relationships - and as someone whose main experiences of toxic relationships have come from friendships, this felt like both a breath of fresh air, and a very real theme exploration. Alden is a character of many complexities, one whom you never fully know whether you can trust in any given scene. As a reader, you feel what Nate feels, with the want to trust, but never really feeling like you can. Their relationship was so multi-layered, and I loved that it wasn't portrayed as a 'Friend A is toxic therefore Friend B hates them' scenario. Nate loves Alden, but also acknowledges that he isn't necessarily a good person. You can see that they care for each other, deeply, but the way that their love is executed isn't always the healthiest. Nate misses the beauty of their initial friendship before it became complicated, and finds himself wanting to return to Alden on multiple occasions, both by need but also because he wants to hold onto their frayed relationship. It felt relatable and complex and real, and I can only hope I find more books with similar portrayals to this one. The casual blend of queerness within the found family aspect made me even more emotional, mainly because the theme of queer characters sticking together and loving each other when it feels like the world is against them feels very reminiscent, even if the two scenarios are different. Maria manages to craft a story where you can find comfort and security even though the setting is so dark and bleak, and this story is one I want to keep with me long after I have finished its pages. **Thank you to Flux, North Star Editions and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    This is a fabulous debut novel with so many elements to love. At the mention of Genetically Engineered Medi-Tissue, this science nerd’s heart sped up. I immediately wanted to know more about Nate and his world – and it’s not pretty. Every day is a struggle to survive – food and safe housing are scarce in the Withers, and Nate’s gang scavenges for everything they have. And his gang? Found family is one of my favorite tropes, and this band of scavengers grabs your heart early on and doesn’t let go This is a fabulous debut novel with so many elements to love. At the mention of Genetically Engineered Medi-Tissue, this science nerd’s heart sped up. I immediately wanted to know more about Nate and his world – and it’s not pretty. Every day is a struggle to survive – food and safe housing are scarce in the Withers, and Nate’s gang scavenges for everything they have. And his gang? Found family is one of my favorite tropes, and this band of scavengers grabs your heart early on and doesn’t let go. They’re also taking care of a Pixel, a young girl, and each of them would sacrifice their own life to keep her safe. Her relationship with Nate is one of my favorite aspects of this story. Stakes are sky high with this group. Nate is dying a slow, painful death due to lack of Remedy, the drug that keeps GEMs alive. Alden, his supplier is unable to obtain anymore. Their relationship is a complex one, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about Alden, but I think his heart is in the right place most of the time. Nate is withholding secrets from his gang that could end his freedom, but also make his friends’ lives easier. Violence is spreading throughout the Withers, and no place is safe. With seriously limited options, decisions are made that put all their lives in jeopardy. At one point, I thought there might be a sequel to this novel but was happy to discover it’s a standalone and plot threads are resolved by the end. It wouldn’t have been a patient wait for the next book. As a dystopian fan, I’ve read several novels in the genre. Something I missed in this book was more information about the conflict between Gathos City and the Withers. It’s touched on, but not really fleshed out. I initially thought it would be a primary source of conflict, but that’s not the case. Fragile Remedy offers outstanding LGBTQ representation, a main character who’s an adorable cinnamon roll, a sweet, tentative first love relationship, and thought-provoking scientific elements. It’s also about sacrifices, making hard decisions, and fighting for your family no matter what. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    olivia ferraro

    2.5/5⭐️ Firstly, thank you so much to flux publishing and netgalley for this ARC. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book. The description of this book captivated me immediately, it had all the elements that make a book enjoyable for me, LGBTQ+ romance, a dystopian world and an overall fascinating premise. I was interested and invested in the story line and the characters in the first half of the book, and my only real complaint was the heavy handed foreshadowing which wasn't as prominent i 2.5/5⭐️ Firstly, thank you so much to flux publishing and netgalley for this ARC. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book. The description of this book captivated me immediately, it had all the elements that make a book enjoyable for me, LGBTQ+ romance, a dystopian world and an overall fascinating premise. I was interested and invested in the story line and the characters in the first half of the book, and my only real complaint was the heavy handed foreshadowing which wasn't as prominent in the beginning as it became in the later half of the book. Nate felt like a realistic character with a lot of potential for growth and change. About halfway through however this book started to put me in a bit of a slump. Maybe this had more to do with my personal life than the actual book but I found myself struggling to keep up with the plot and it all felt a bit scattered and not fully thought through. The world felt a bit underdeveloped which wasn't so much of a problem in the first half of the book but began to contribute to my confusion later on. I felt that none of the characters really progressed in a way that felt significant to the events they experienced throughout the book. Overall the book fell flat for me. However I feel that there is potential for other readers to find enjoyment in this book.

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