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A deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart. In a society ruled by sanctions and curfews, Dr. Meghan Forester emerges as the youngest and most promising scientist to join the fight against Makanza - the deadly virus that's ravaged the world. Inside Compound 26, a giant government-controlled research facility, Megha A deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart. In a society ruled by sanctions and curfews, Dr. Meghan Forester emerges as the youngest and most promising scientist to join the fight against Makanza - the deadly virus that's ravaged the world. Inside Compound 26, a giant government-controlled research facility, Meghan's new job involves studying the Kazzies, the rare survivors who carry the virus and now exhibit supernatural powers. But as her work enfolds, Meghan's horrified at the brutal and unethical practices the Kazzies are subjected to. And most surprisingly, she falls in love with one. Faced with growing conflict over helping the Kazzies versus following the Compound's strict policies, Meghan must choose: obey the government's unethical practices or risk everything to save the only man she's ever loved. Compound 26 is the first book in The Makanza Series - a Sci-Fi Dystopian Romance with strong fantasy elements. This series is filled with strife and intrigue, and questions what it truly is to be human. Fans of Stephenie Meyer and Jennifer Armentrout are sure to love these books!


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A deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart. In a society ruled by sanctions and curfews, Dr. Meghan Forester emerges as the youngest and most promising scientist to join the fight against Makanza - the deadly virus that's ravaged the world. Inside Compound 26, a giant government-controlled research facility, Megha A deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart. In a society ruled by sanctions and curfews, Dr. Meghan Forester emerges as the youngest and most promising scientist to join the fight against Makanza - the deadly virus that's ravaged the world. Inside Compound 26, a giant government-controlled research facility, Meghan's new job involves studying the Kazzies, the rare survivors who carry the virus and now exhibit supernatural powers. But as her work enfolds, Meghan's horrified at the brutal and unethical practices the Kazzies are subjected to. And most surprisingly, she falls in love with one. Faced with growing conflict over helping the Kazzies versus following the Compound's strict policies, Meghan must choose: obey the government's unethical practices or risk everything to save the only man she's ever loved. Compound 26 is the first book in The Makanza Series - a Sci-Fi Dystopian Romance with strong fantasy elements. This series is filled with strife and intrigue, and questions what it truly is to be human. Fans of Stephenie Meyer and Jennifer Armentrout are sure to love these books!

30 review for Compound 26

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    Originally posted at: I have the WORST timing. I don't think I thought through reading this book. Reading a book about a pandemic while living through one in real life was not a good idea. Real-life should never imitate my fictional books, especially where a freaking pandemic is involved! After I hopped over that very real and uncomfortable realization the book was just okay. I was expecting something completely different than what I got. For some reason, I got it in my head that this story wo Originally posted at: I have the WORST timing. I don't think I thought through reading this book. Reading a book about a pandemic while living through one in real life was not a good idea. Real-life should never imitate my fictional books, especially where a freaking pandemic is involved! After I hopped over that very real and uncomfortable realization the book was just okay. I was expecting something completely different than what I got. For some reason, I got it in my head that this story would be an escape from the laboratory scenario and that the virus would be hocus pocus. Don't ask me how I came to that conclusion. All I know is that that was not the way this story played out and I can't help but think that my version was more exciting. Meghan was an okay character. She's super smart and has I-don't-know-how-many-degrees at 23 years old. She's never really had time to live life because she's always wanted to work to find a cure for this virus. Overall, she was rather uninteresting aside from being smart. Her relationship with Davin was barely there and I just wanted more development with that particular plot point. We barely got to know Davin. We got to know a lot about his past and who he was before the virus from another person but not who he is now. It's clear he's stubborn and headstrong but the way he opened up to Meghan felt off. I want to know more about him. I wonder what will become of him in the future as this series progresses. One thing that really bothered me was Dr. crap-for-brains. I don't care to remember his name at this point. He kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for him to do something hurtful/insane and it never happened. He turned out to be mean just for the sake of being mean. That does not a good plot device make. The ending was a bit surprising and then it wasn't. Meghan was overly careful throughout the entire novel and when things really matter she gets complacent. She's supposed to be smart that was a rookie mistake. I think lost brain cells with how much I was rolling my eyes at this situation. I may or may not pick up the next book in this series. Only time will tell! The Audio Book: The narration was great! Though it was on the slower side so I sped this up to x1.25 and things were awesome! All the characters were distinguishable from each other throughout the novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  3. 5 out of 5

    TP

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first book Compound 26 in the Makanza series by Krista Street, has an interesting premise, good characters but suffers tremendously under a boring plot and repetitions. The cliffhangers in all books are overdramatised and lacking any suspense. I have read all 3 books in this series. And it is safe to say, the whole story is exceptionally boring. Which is sad, because like I mentioned above, the idea and the basis were interesting, the characters as well. This could have been a really good boo The first book Compound 26 in the Makanza series by Krista Street, has an interesting premise, good characters but suffers tremendously under a boring plot and repetitions. The cliffhangers in all books are overdramatised and lacking any suspense. I have read all 3 books in this series. And it is safe to say, the whole story is exceptionally boring. Which is sad, because like I mentioned above, the idea and the basis were interesting, the characters as well. This could have been a really good book series. All the ingredients were there, but all we got was a bland story in the end. There was no tension building, there was no grant finale... nothing. The books were badly structured and each main conflict had no build up, no tension, nothing outstanding. The confrontation with the so called villain in both cliffhangers, in book 1 and 2 were laughable at best. Boring doesn’t even cover it. In short, book one builds the background, has a good basis, good characters, good fantasy elements, a villain and all. And puff ends in a “dramatic” cliffhanger ... the heroine gets fired from her job. Yep, it is a ridiculous and overdramatised ending not deserving the title cliffhanger.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Wildenstein

    Wow. Just wow. This pulse-pounding dystopia was such a great read. Between the extremely well-woven plot, the unexpected twists, and the slow-burn romance, it’s a wonder I managed to get any sleep at all. I’m now dying to see what happens next! Off to read book 2. Krista Street, you got yourself a new fan girl.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This wasn't what I'd signed up for. This was not what I'd spent the last six years working toward. I hadn't known what the Compounds did. If I had, I never would have dedicated my life to this. --Meghan This was a solid 4.25 star read with an interesting premise and exploration of human nature. The year is somewhere in the near and possible future where a horrible disease has wiped out a large portion of the population. International borders are on lockdown, no trading between countries is allow This wasn't what I'd signed up for. This was not what I'd spent the last six years working toward. I hadn't known what the Compounds did. If I had, I never would have dedicated my life to this. --Meghan This was a solid 4.25 star read with an interesting premise and exploration of human nature. The year is somewhere in the near and possible future where a horrible disease has wiped out a large portion of the population. International borders are on lockdown, no trading between countries is allowed, and curfews are in place to prevent citizens from spreading and contracting the highly contagious disease. However, not everyone who is infected with the Makanza virus dies a horrible death. Some are able to overcome the virus but--depending on which strain they encounter--develop other "powers" or experience some sort of evolutionary Change. Some develop superhuman speed and strength, others are telepathic, while others are able see and produce different wavelengths. And this is where our heroine, Dr. Meghan Forester, comes in. She is the youngest PhD in her field and the youngest scientist to be selected to work in the Makanza Research Institute (MRI) in order to develop a vaccine for the virus. Her group is selected to work with Davin, a Makanza survivor who has super speed and strength. When Meghan first meets Davin, he is hostile and in a permanent state of rage as he is constantly tortured and forced against his will to "donate" intramuscular samples for vaccine research by Meghan's evil supervisor, Dr. Roberts. As Meghan continually witnesses Dr. Roberts' abuse of power, she is forced to realize that the MRI isn't as innocent as it seems and is forced to choose who and what she is truly fighting for. "The thunderbird sings in Sweden." --Davin I really enjoyed this novel and the different layers to the story. Although the beginning was a tad slow for me, Meghan's unique voice and newbie enthusiasm for her new job was successful in pulling me in from page one. But as her rose-colored glasses become tainted, she is forced to make a life-altering decision for her and the other Kazzies (the "mutants"). Davin was also a great and vulnerable and strong hero. He was so formidable and determined in the face of everything he has endured since he survived the virus and lost the majority of his family, and my heart hurt for him and the others. I would have loved for half of the novel (or at least a couple of chapters) to have been from his POV as I think it really would have helped the story flow better, especially in the last 15% or so when things were happening so fast. Overall, a great new novel for me, and I cannot wait to continue this series and see where the gang ends up! My Davin Kinder, gorgeous Kazzie with unmatched determination and strength..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesikah Sundin

    “I paused again, remembering what today was. The anniversary of the First Wave. The day the first American died from Makanza. The day our world changed forever.” I went into this story completely blind. Never read the synopsis. Didn’t even see the cover. Immediately, I was drawn into the dark, sad world ravaged by a near-future plague and mutated characters reminiscent of the X-Men. The story follows Meghan, an introverted, socially awkward 23-year-old woman who is finally working for The Makanza “I paused again, remembering what today was. The anniversary of the First Wave. The day the first American died from Makanza. The day our world changed forever.” I went into this story completely blind. Never read the synopsis. Didn’t even see the cover. Immediately, I was drawn into the dark, sad world ravaged by a near-future plague and mutated characters reminiscent of the X-Men. The story follows Meghan, an introverted, socially awkward 23-year-old woman who is finally working for The Makanza Research Institute after obtaining two PhD’s. Not even one day on the job and she witnesses a horrific incident tied to harrowing secrets withheld from the private sector. Secrets that propel her toward decisions that may not only affect a viable vaccine, but also her future as a scientist. “It wasn’t until weeks later that the Center for Disease Control understood just how unusual Makanza was, when the man began to Change.” The world building is deliciously detailed and the characters are realistically complex, made even more so by Street’s inviting writing style. The result is a gut-clenching story that is infused with both heartbreak and hope. Give Meghan and her journey a try. You won’t be disappointed! Trust me, you’ll be crowding around Street’s social media to clamor for news of when Meghan’s next adventure is released! “Meeting one or two new people I could handle, but twenty? I’d never been comfortable in groups, I’m sure my vagabond, isolated childhood could be partly blamed for that, but twenty? All at once? Seriously?” Um … Meghan, hate to break it to you, but you’re going to meet thousands of satisfied readers! 5 solid stars. Highly recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    K. Lincoln

    4.5 stars, actually. Meghan lives in a post-Makanza virus ravaged Midwest United States. She's lost alot along with most of the world to the virus that took out a huge percentage of the population and changed the few survivors to something other than entirely human. Now's a woman with a mission-- get a job at one of the Compounds that studies the survivors--the Kazzies-- and find a vaccine. But what she finds at the Compound may change her view of Makanza, and herself, forever. So there are two th 4.5 stars, actually. Meghan lives in a post-Makanza virus ravaged Midwest United States. She's lost alot along with most of the world to the virus that took out a huge percentage of the population and changed the few survivors to something other than entirely human. Now's a woman with a mission-- get a job at one of the Compounds that studies the survivors--the Kazzies-- and find a vaccine. But what she finds at the Compound may change her view of Makanza, and herself, forever. So there are two things that Krista Street does really well-- one is the compelling, slightly naive, super-well meaning but anxious narrator voice. Meghan draws you in right away and takes you along with her on her first day at her new job. She's so relatable and so easy to root for. The other thing is the science. There's nothing better than science fiction with great characters that sneakily teaches you a bit about the world you live in. Here there is some great ideas about how viruses might affect the U.S., infection vectors, government response, vaccine creation, and different virus strains. Very cool stuff. And then there's the central romantic relationship in the book...which after writing that sentence I realized is actually more of a central emotional relationship between Meghan and the mother of the Kazzie she is involved with just as much as the Kazzie himself. Never read a romance story where the courtship begins with tea and photos with the mom! But it totally works. And there's all that juicy "can't touch him through my bio containment suit" angst that Street milks really well. And the answer to the central scientific problem of how to obtain a dna sample from the Kazzies that didn't degrade totally made me smile. So elegant, so lovely. There's just a few little nitpicky things that brought it down half a star for me that most likely wouldn't bother other people. There's a couple times where one character says something and then a different character says almost the same thing soon after. I was also a bit-- and this is entirely on me, folks, and not probably reflective of the story, and who am i to say anything anyway because I am whitey white European mutt-- uncomfortable sometimes of the images Meghan associated with her Kazzie because of his partial First Peoples ancestry. Regardless of the nits I picked, Meghan's got me hooked. I'm going to have to find out what happens to the Kazzies now that there's an actual possibilty of a vaccine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    G.K. DeRosa

    I was intrigued from the blurb and had to read it and I wasn't disappointed! The beginning was a little slow for me but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. The story is well written with vivid characters and details and a really fantastic plot. The characters are likable and of course the guy is super swoon worthy! Don't miss out on this one! I was intrigued from the blurb and had to read it and I wasn't disappointed! The beginning was a little slow for me but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. The story is well written with vivid characters and details and a really fantastic plot. The characters are likable and of course the guy is super swoon worthy! Don't miss out on this one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Original story I've not read this author before, but this sounding interesting so I downloaded it. Turned out to be a great story, one I struggled to put down! My only complaint was there was alot of dialogue that wasn't necessary and at times dragged story out, so I ended up skimming several pages to get back to heart of the story. I thoroughly loved the characters and rooted for them out loud while reading!! I had no idea what to expect and couldn't put it down, finished in two settings!! Alrea Original story I've not read this author before, but this sounding interesting so I downloaded it. Turned out to be a great story, one I struggled to put down! My only complaint was there was alot of dialogue that wasn't necessary and at times dragged story out, so I ended up skimming several pages to get back to heart of the story. I thoroughly loved the characters and rooted for them out loud while reading!! I had no idea what to expect and couldn't put it down, finished in two settings!! Already downloaded book two!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This story is probably a 3.5/4, but I’m rating based on the series as a whole. I very much Enjoyed this book, but none of the others from this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I would just like to say that when starting these books, i fully recommend starting at the very beginning with book 0 " The second wave" this little gem of a book sees things through a certain main characters eyes. You get to know him before we plunge into compound 26 which is from Meghans P.O.V. It doesn't have to be read to begin with. but knowing Davin before staring Compound 26 gives everything a different light. These books are fantastic! Highly addictive. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in t I would just like to say that when starting these books, i fully recommend starting at the very beginning with book 0 " The second wave" this little gem of a book sees things through a certain main characters eyes. You get to know him before we plunge into compound 26 which is from Meghans P.O.V. It doesn't have to be read to begin with. but knowing Davin before staring Compound 26 gives everything a different light. These books are fantastic! Highly addictive. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in this breathtaking series. there is nothing to dislike about these books. I can't recommend them enough as a 5 star thrilling read! Update as just read this series a second time. I desperately wanted to come back to thos series. And so pleased I did. I truly love these books. They're fantastic reads Completely gripping. And I have flown through each one at a remarkable speed. Again i cant recommend these enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Momof3

    Compound 26 We start with Dr Forester on her first day of work at the compound. We see how the kazzie’s are being treated. Kazzie’s are survivors of the makanza virus. Almost all who get it die, those who survive are somehow mutated or have abilities. At the compound they do experiments on the kazzie’s to try and find a cure. This is where Dr. Forester meets Davin and the other Kazzie’s. It’s a great read! On the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Demuth

    classic romance well written with engaging characters. more a romance story then anything else but because they cant touch the emotions are that much more intense. ive already downloaded the next instalment

  14. 4 out of 5

    Britan

    Good book I liked this book. The dystopian part was interesting and made sense. The characters were fleshed out and I liked davin.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    Great Read I enjoyed this opening to a new series. It kept me interested, the plot was believable, and I look forward to reading the next book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Candy Robosky

    Compound 26 was great. I love that Krista Street made a dystopian novel about a virus that did not turn all of its victims into zombies or freaks. While changes and death did occur due to this virus, those who survived it could be members of society and have a life again if Meghan and the other researchers around the world are able to find a vaccine which could lead to a possible cure. This book also shows how even in the harder of times, under the worse of conditions, there are still good moral Compound 26 was great. I love that Krista Street made a dystopian novel about a virus that did not turn all of its victims into zombies or freaks. While changes and death did occur due to this virus, those who survived it could be members of society and have a life again if Meghan and the other researchers around the world are able to find a vaccine which could lead to a possible cure. This book also shows how even in the harder of times, under the worse of conditions, there are still good moral people who don't believe that cruel behavior of someone different is a justified means to an end. This book goes to prove that you often can get better results, both externally and internally, when you treat people with respect and compassion. Meghan is a genius that has dreamed of nothing but working at a compound since the second wave of the makanza hit. She managed to get a bachelors, masters, and 2 PhDs in 6 years. She does have her problems and secrets but really only wants to figure out a way to let people live in a world they can trust in again instead of a world with borders and curfews everywhere. She starts working for compound 26 and meets Amy, Mitch, Charlie, and the Kazzies. Two Kazzies in particular strike a chord with her, Sara and Davin. No spoilers so that is all I'm going to say about that. Her boss Dr. Roberts is a sadistic jerk. Read it to see why. Krista does a great job of giving just enough information that you feel you know the main characters and even some of the minor characters. I really had trouble putting this book down and wanted to finish it the same day I started it which is why I think I am still up at 3 a.m. She had me feeling all of the emotions a person could feel, love, anger, fear, happiness, sadness, despair, anxiety,and so much more. Her writing showed me what the characters were going through instead of just telling me. As a teacher I have always tried to tell my students that a really good writer shows the reader what is going on instead of just telling them. With Krista's writing I knew how each of the characters felt and what was going on even before or without her telling me. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was not a problem for me with this book as I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read more from Krista Street.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bowen

    I give it two and a half stars. It was a quick read. The book’s premise intrigued me, and I liked Meghan and Davin’s characters, but the story fell a little flat for me. There was a lot of info dumping about the science behind the world/makanza virus in the beginning where Meghan basically told the reader everything by reciting what she knew to her fellow lab partner. The rest was filled in by the lab partner. I would have liked the information be revealed slowly and through experiences the main c I give it two and a half stars. It was a quick read. The book’s premise intrigued me, and I liked Meghan and Davin’s characters, but the story fell a little flat for me. There was a lot of info dumping about the science behind the world/makanza virus in the beginning where Meghan basically told the reader everything by reciting what she knew to her fellow lab partner. The rest was filled in by the lab partner. I would have liked the information be revealed slowly and through experiences the main character had with the other kazzie’s (people who survived the makanza virus but were changed kind of like mutants if you’re familiar with X-men). Though I did enjoy learning about the different ways the kazzies has changed. There’s was a lot of repetition in this book about facts stated in very similar ways so the author could have cut some of the repetition to make if flow better. The pacing seemed off where it was slow in the beginning then rushed at the end. And everything seemed resolved too easy. Meghan never had to struggle at all throughout the book. There was no tension or adversary other than dr. Robert Who was rarely around and seemed to give his researchers free reign. An example of things being solved too easy is how harsh Davin was being treated and tortured by Dr. Roberts in the beginning and then a bit of new research comes from another compound and all of a sudden it’s enforced that all kazzies must be treated humanely. And how Meghan was the one picked to have contact with Davin. There was no reason given, other than convenience for the plot. Not only was she the newest member of the team (barely a week on the job) but she is also the youngest. It would make more sense if she’d done something to piss Dr. Robert off and he was doing it to punish her, but no. He just picked her for no reason. On a positive note, I felt like the whole way the compound ran was realistic. And I enjoyed hearing how the world had changed since the virus. If you’re looking for a romance that isn’t insta love but also happens relatively smoothly and somewhat quickly, with some science thrown in I recommend this book. But if your looking for a dystopian about a disease ravaged America where there’s a slow burn romance that isn’t the entire focus of the book I would look elsewhere. I would suggest The Death Fields series by Angel Lawson.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Addict

    At the time I decided to read this, we are going through a COVID-19 pandemic. States on stay at home orders and infections spreading all over the world. Who would have thought that this book has so many accurate predictions on current events. Anyway, I thought the book was great and well written. Dr. Meghan Forrester is the youngest scientist to have graduated and start working for the government to develop a vaccine for an unstable virus that has nearly wiped out the entire population. Those wh At the time I decided to read this, we are going through a COVID-19 pandemic. States on stay at home orders and infections spreading all over the world. Who would have thought that this book has so many accurate predictions on current events. Anyway, I thought the book was great and well written. Dr. Meghan Forrester is the youngest scientist to have graduated and start working for the government to develop a vaccine for an unstable virus that has nearly wiped out the entire population. Those who survived, Kazzies, has developed enhanced physical or physiological senses depending on the strain of Mackenzie. It's sad that the Kazzies no longer have lives or freedom because they can still spread the virus. They become lab rats to study their mutation and find a way to stabilize their DNA. Their DNA is too unstable to research outside of the body so it's been difficult to develop a vaccine. The group Meghan works with studies Davin who has super strength and speed. I like how the author brings to light the PTSD and other issues people have from losing loved ones, even entire families to the virus. I didn't care for Meghan's obsession with Davin. Her thoughts are constantly filled with Davin and nothing else. It's clear she developed feelings for him, but it gets redundant and boring. I did enjoy reading their slow progress and connection. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Kazzies lives pan out and if a vaccine is developed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    The end of our modern society.... Meghan a young researcher, finds her confidence and drive to find a vaccine to heal the Makanza infected . The story was excellently written and therefore a delight to read. We can only imagine the difficulties of society where a virus kills many thousands of people. Those who survived the disease are cast into another time, one unlike anything they have known. Those who have the Makanza virus are isolated from family and society was a whole. The disease manifests The end of our modern society.... Meghan a young researcher, finds her confidence and drive to find a vaccine to heal the Makanza infected . The story was excellently written and therefore a delight to read. We can only imagine the difficulties of society where a virus kills many thousands of people. Those who survived the disease are cast into another time, one unlike anything they have known. Those who have the Makanza virus are isolated from family and society was a whole. The disease manifests itself differently for each "kazzi" with unusual side effects for each individual. They are deadly, hated by many, and mistreated. Then a breakthrough in " kazzi" treatment leads to other compounds changing tactics. If only Compound 26 would adopt the kinder treatment toward isolated "kazzi's". The compound changes it's tactics and a breakthrough happens. The unstable specimens become stable. The risks taken by the young researcher that could get her job terminated are worth taking for Meghan. The trust between Meghan and Cabin builds slowly because of the risks taken. I enjoyed the story immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise Rachel Malhi

    Good read The idea drew me in,and at first I was really emerged into the new world. It was very believable. I could picture the world well. I am not sure what it was but I couldn’t connect with Meghan. This was more because of her personality than anything else and personal preference. I like strong women, and she is very vulnerable and shy. I just couldn’t quite engage with this style of personality, but I know many people will resonate and will love her. Spoiler alert Davin was great, but I wa Good read The idea drew me in,and at first I was really emerged into the new world. It was very believable. I could picture the world well. I am not sure what it was but I couldn’t connect with Meghan. This was more because of her personality than anything else and personal preference. I like strong women, and she is very vulnerable and shy. I just couldn’t quite engage with this style of personality, but I know many people will resonate and will love her. Spoiler alert Davin was great, but I wanted more from them both. I wanted tension. I also found all her risks seemed quite mundane, maybe I was expecting a death scene, and action. I wanted her to risk getting the virus, getting exposed or something just to increase the drama. Apart from that,I generally really enjoyed this book, and read and listened on audio, and made some of my long work drives extremely enjoyable. This is definitely for people liking a timid MC who finds confidence and strength, within a really interesting world, that is so believable it is actually quite scary.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kibbenza

    A story of a world ravaged by a disease. The only survivors left changed, infectious, and imprisoned. A young scientist trying to engineer a vaccine and save them all. Enjoyable, though a bit predictable. It was obvious from basically first sight that Meghan was going to fall for with Davin (the one physically perfect specimen, come on). It was also felt a bit of a stretch just how many luxuries they had, but that's impossible. The only real complaint I have is that (view spoiler)[her brother die A story of a world ravaged by a disease. The only survivors left changed, infectious, and imprisoned. A young scientist trying to engineer a vaccine and save them all. Enjoyable, though a bit predictable. It was obvious from basically first sight that Meghan was going to fall for with Davin (the one physically perfect specimen, come on). It was also felt a bit of a stretch just how many luxuries they had, but that's impossible. The only real complaint I have is that (view spoiler)[her brother dies, by her description, because a homeless man infected with the disease touched the handrails in the park a lot? When the author goes into detail countless times about how the virus can't live on surfaces for more than 10 minutes. (hide spoiler)] That said, the story is pretty gripping, I liked all the characters, and it definitely left me wanting to read the next book immediately. There's just something engaging about the story and the poor Kazzies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Phillips

    Worth the download I just finished book one and have already downloaded the second in this series. I just have to know what the future holds for Meghen and Davin, as well as the other kazzies. This book starts out a little slow, but stick with it. The characters are very relatable. None of the typical "cookie cutter" personalities. You know what I mean? The perfect herione who does everything right, and so predictable! Meghen is not that. She is a good person, kind and smart, but she has flaws an Worth the download I just finished book one and have already downloaded the second in this series. I just have to know what the future holds for Meghen and Davin, as well as the other kazzies. This book starts out a little slow, but stick with it. The characters are very relatable. None of the typical "cookie cutter" personalities. You know what I mean? The perfect herione who does everything right, and so predictable! Meghen is not that. She is a good person, kind and smart, but she has flaws and that's refreshing to read. After all, who doesn't have flaws? I have already liked the author's Facebook page and I'm scouting out future books to read. That's always a good sign of a good book. Wanting more! Happy reading!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet Ober

    How far can fear push us? A virus threatens human existence. Researchers are desperately trying to find a vaccine and a cure. They are unable, however, to get a stable sample of DNA to study from even one of the miniscule number of people who have survived the virulently contagious disease, which has over forty variations. Some survivors have become nothing more than guinea pigs to those in charge. What will people do and how far will they go to protect humanity, but also the "Kazzies"? Meghan Fo How far can fear push us? A virus threatens human existence. Researchers are desperately trying to find a vaccine and a cure. They are unable, however, to get a stable sample of DNA to study from even one of the miniscule number of people who have survived the virulently contagious disease, which has over forty variations. Some survivors have become nothing more than guinea pigs to those in charge. What will people do and how far will they go to protect humanity, but also the "Kazzies"? Meghan Forester is a researcher who may have found a first step, but it may be difficult to replicate. The difficulty comes in replicating the feelings developing between the researcher and "her Kazzie".

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rach (A Chick, Her Dog and A Blog.)

    Loved! Absolutely loved this book! This was my first book of the author’s and I read it all in one siting. I could not put this book down! In a world where we have a lot of YA dystopian/science fiction books this one stood out! Not only is Meghan, the heroine, so relatable as a character but she she is resilient. What I loved most about her is that she loves fiercely and will do anything to help others. She is purely selfless. And I love Davin. He has been through so much and remains strong. Sho Loved! Absolutely loved this book! This was my first book of the author’s and I read it all in one siting. I could not put this book down! In a world where we have a lot of YA dystopian/science fiction books this one stood out! Not only is Meghan, the heroine, so relatable as a character but she she is resilient. What I loved most about her is that she loves fiercely and will do anything to help others. She is purely selfless. And I love Davin. He has been through so much and remains strong. Shows what a great character he is and how strong he is. No matter what happens he protects those he loves. Highly recommend this book for those who love a slow burn and budding friendship (future relationship?), a great story and very engaging.

  25. 4 out of 5

    K Elise Hoffman

    I really enjoyed this! I got to listen to it on audible at the courtesy of the author, and it would be well worth your credit for the month. But I really liked the story. There was a certain kind of refreshing originality to the problem. The virus she invented is interesting, and how it affects survivors, making them superhuman, and yet unable to interact with the population was captivating. This story explores issues of equality, moral right and wrong in the medical field, as well as the morali I really enjoyed this! I got to listen to it on audible at the courtesy of the author, and it would be well worth your credit for the month. But I really liked the story. There was a certain kind of refreshing originality to the problem. The virus she invented is interesting, and how it affects survivors, making them superhuman, and yet unable to interact with the population was captivating. This story explores issues of equality, moral right and wrong in the medical field, as well as the morality of our actions in a crisis. I feel like this “end of the world” scheme is one of the better thought out ones of its kind that I’ve gotten to read. I’m excited to get to the next book and see how the story develops now that our characters are established.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vindya Donahue

    Ah.... The Beautiful Makanza series. Thank you Krista for this amazing story. Its been a long time since I read a good dystopian original. Sometimes you read a book and you know you will be lost in another time . You enter a world of desperation, intrigue , romance and excitement. Extraordinary characters, a sensitive and intelligent protagonist, a love interest you will route for , and the interesting side characters and their powers that weaves this story together beautifully. A perfect ending Ah.... The Beautiful Makanza series. Thank you Krista for this amazing story. Its been a long time since I read a good dystopian original. Sometimes you read a book and you know you will be lost in another time . You enter a world of desperation, intrigue , romance and excitement. Extraordinary characters, a sensitive and intelligent protagonist, a love interest you will route for , and the interesting side characters and their powers that weaves this story together beautifully. A perfect ending for the next and the next sequel. A super quick and compelling read. A well written original story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Young adult dystopian. It was interesting, but I could not love it due to some incredible plot points. It was never clear what PhDs the young heroine had, nor in what way she used her training in her job. Also, several times in the book it was stated that if a vaccine were developed for the virus, then the afflicted would be cured and/or able to be released into the general population. I'm no scientist, but I know that that is not how vaccines work. Those already infected would still be infected Young adult dystopian. It was interesting, but I could not love it due to some incredible plot points. It was never clear what PhDs the young heroine had, nor in what way she used her training in her job. Also, several times in the book it was stated that if a vaccine were developed for the virus, then the afflicted would be cured and/or able to be released into the general population. I'm no scientist, but I know that that is not how vaccines work. Those already infected would still be infected. The vaccine would potentially help only the healthy people. I don't think I'm interested enough to continue the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SheReads

    Oh my, I could not believe how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't think I was a fan of the genre, but the cover drew me in and I'm so glad it did. Meghan begins her fancy new research job trying to find a cure for the virus that has already killed too many people. But in studying those most affected by it, she learns that a cure means little if the people of the world have no humanity left in them. I was instantly pulled into the interesting premise. Once I got through the early world set up stu Oh my, I could not believe how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't think I was a fan of the genre, but the cover drew me in and I'm so glad it did. Meghan begins her fancy new research job trying to find a cure for the virus that has already killed too many people. But in studying those most affected by it, she learns that a cure means little if the people of the world have no humanity left in them. I was instantly pulled into the interesting premise. Once I got through the early world set up stuff, I couldn't tear my eyes away. I read this in two sittings. The characters are endearing and I love the way their trust develops. I can't wait to jump into book two!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Hunt

    4.5 stars. I haven't read a dystopian in a while, it used to be my genre of choice but I'm more into fantasy now, but this was a nice change of pace. It kept coming up on Facebook as a recommendation and I finally got my act together and read it. The main character, Megan, is an incredibly smart young woman who suffers with anxiety and wants to cure the deadly or life altering disease Makanza. Megan is a likable character but sits in my pet peeve of instantly falling in love with the male protago 4.5 stars. I haven't read a dystopian in a while, it used to be my genre of choice but I'm more into fantasy now, but this was a nice change of pace. It kept coming up on Facebook as a recommendation and I finally got my act together and read it. The main character, Megan, is an incredibly smart young woman who suffers with anxiety and wants to cure the deadly or life altering disease Makanza. Megan is a likable character but sits in my pet peeve of instantly falling in love with the male protagonist 🙄 she doesn't even speak to the bloke before her heart is racing and her hands are shaking! But it's a decent book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Izzybear

    Wow...Compound 26 is an enthralling and thrilling story. When I first started the series I wasn’t sure if I would like it but the writer surprised me and now I’m hooked. I loved the details and how relatable the characters are. There’s a lot of emotions within these pages. I felt as though I was right there with the characters as they searched for a cure, fought for what they believe in and found love. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with Meghan, Davin and their friends. *I also have th Wow...Compound 26 is an enthralling and thrilling story. When I first started the series I wasn’t sure if I would like it but the writer surprised me and now I’m hooked. I loved the details and how relatable the characters are. There’s a lot of emotions within these pages. I felt as though I was right there with the characters as they searched for a cure, fought for what they believe in and found love. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with Meghan, Davin and their friends. *I also have the audiobook for this and I felt the narrator did a terrific job bringing the story to life. I would recommend giving it a listen if you like audio.

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