The Beast—a mysterious and terminal illness killed off most of Generations One, Two, and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage, a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death incites a cultural rage.
But Fran lives counter-culture, off the grid in true rebel fashion. With a life far from opulent, she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals with Pete while ditching the holographic security team. To her, it’s a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can’t steal her sliver of hope―a belief that she’ll see The Epoch arrive before The Beast can pull her into its fetid embrace.
After losing her mother and then her Rebel mentor, Fran stumbles upon a miraculous discovery that may save the residents of Impervious. That is, if she can outrun The Beast…
*May Contain Spoilers*
Heather Letto leaps into the post-apocalyptic future with her novel, Impervious. Now that the world is uninhabitable, everyone must live underground. Though, after four generations people are still dying from a mysterious illness. Fran, an unaccountable rebel, thinks information is being kept from the citizens and she's determined to find out what it is, at all costs.
Fran is the main character of this new world. She's unaccountable - which means that she's off the government grid, rebellious, truth-seeking, and wants to live her life outside of the compound's rules. With her intelligence and bravery, Fran discovers that there may be a way to escape the compound and formulates a makeshift plan. Even though, the outside world is rumored to be deadly, Fran takes the risk and reveals the truth behind the chairmen's lies: the outside world has healed itself. Fran, being the caring, curious, fighter that she is, returns to the compound to help spread the truth but it may be too late as the rebels are tricked into a fight they aren't prepared for.
Readers will enjoy Fran's rebellious attitude and her loyalty. She's a giving person fighting for truth in a world full of liars. A bond will definitely form between Fran and readers in this installment, setting up a deeper connection in the future books. But not all of her actions seem true to character. After she leaves the compound, Fran finds that her parents are still alive but in less than twenty-four hours she leaves them to re-enter the compound. This seems like a flaw in her motivation. She had never met her father and thought her mother was dead. If that was me, there'd be no way I'd leave without a goodbye. Maybe she's just much braver than I am.
The plot of Impervious is incredibly creative and believable. The world that Letto writes about is a possibility. The human population definitely has the means to build an underground shelter. And it does seem believable that rooms and protection would go to the highest bidder. The way that Letto describes this new underground world thoroughly and completely, shows the reader that it's possible and helps them to believe in the authenticity of the novel, creating a credible back story before adding corruption and rebels.
Rating: 3/5 Cups