A World Where Diseases are Punishment // Transferral by Kate Blair

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A World Where Diseases are Punishment // Transferral by Kate BlairTransferral by Kate Blair
Published by DCB/Dancing Cat Books on October 24th, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: The Publisher
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London, England, present day. This is the world as we know it, but with one key difference: medical science has found a way to remove diseases from the sick. The catch? They can only transfer the diseases into other living humans. The government now uses the technology to cure the innocent by infecting criminals.

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

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

My Thoughts:

Immediately after seeing this book, I knew I had to get it. Think about it: the world where criminals are punished with diseases? I mean, definitely, a book I want to get my hands on!

The entire concept, while intriguing, is rather dark. If you think of horrible criminals, murderers, rapists. etc then you think, “okay, I can get on board with this.” but petty crimes? It makes you think about the line, where it is and what happens if it’s crossed. Children? What age should a person be legally punished to receive a disease as punishment, and what happens in until one reaches that age? What about being the child of a criminal? Does that child get a “fair shot?” What about immunity?  See, it’s quite thought-provoking and I guarantee you, this book will make you think long and hard.

Even way after finishing.

Talia, our main character, is one that never questioned the system, always believing there are “good vs bad ” and that the system saves the lives of the innocent. However, after a rather violent encounter in which she saves a little girl, Talia starts to unravel the truth behind the system and is forced to see things in a new light.

There are a lot of things I would say about Talia, how naive and impulsive she is. How selfish she could be at times; even when she was in the middle of doing a selfless act. But. She has a tough, strong heart, and watching her morph into a fighter was one of my favorite parts of the book.

While some secondary characters played a more important role, each one held a level of significance to the story. Her father, in particular. I hated how quick he was to throw out Talia and her concerns, let alone feelings. Galen, too. There’s a hint of a romance, one that slowly develops but doesn’t overshadow the importance of the plot.

My main issue – was the ending. I felt it was rushed and lacked this… punch I was hoping for. Considering the entire build up of the book, the ending was weak and left too many variables open. Especially since his is a standalone.

My personal issues aside,  I rather liked Transferral. I loved how unique the concept was, how much it made me think. If you’re looking for a quick, unique read that will stick with you long after finishing, I recommend Transferral!



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Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read Transferral? If so, what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy? 
  • What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you think of transferring a disease to criminals as punishment? 

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One thought on “A World Where Diseases are Punishment // Transferral by Kate Blair

  1. Braine

    Unique is good and I don’t blame you for wanting a more powerful ending. It seems the build-up was strong so it’s only natural that the resolution would follow through. Oh well…

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