My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2731978715">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
In the future, when scientists and researchers have discovered how to transplant the brains of the terminally ill into new bodies, and later how to capture memories and personal experiences on a hard drive to insert in the brain of a new body, despite these breakthroughs, human nature is to fear the different or unknown. So the "dead," as they are called, are shunned and evacuated from the communities of the Living, kept outside patrolled walls. One young woman decides to do good despite the societal strictures and despite the fact that her mother is the governor of the community. As often as possible, Zaila Lockhart goes over the wall, locating provisions including clothing, and distributing them to families in need, of which there are so many. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD is a romantic YA Dystopian, with a strong female protagonist bent on doing good and learning truth. I think this novel will be very appealing to readers of this genre, and to any reader who admires a determined heroine.
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