Black River Falls

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"In this fast-paced novel, Hirsch has created a terrifying reality that explores identity, memory, morality, and what it means to be a family...Through strong characters and thoughtful plotting, Hirsch shows that memory helps define who we are but isn’t the sole component of what makes us human.” —Publisher’s Weekly

October 16th. A mysterious virus tears through the small town of Black River, NY infecting everyone it touches. While it spares their lives, it takes from them something just as precious—their memories. 

Six months later, the residents of Black River are quarantined, policed by government forces and growing more and more restless by the day. 

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More synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Cardinal Cassidy escaped the virus that devastated his town, but he can't escape the trauma of that night. He lives deep within the Black River Quarantine Zone with his best friend Greer Larson—a vicious bully before the virus erased his memory. Cardinal and Greer look after a group of troubled kids orphaned the night of the outbreak and do their best to move on

But when an enigmatic young woman appears in town, and a shadowy private corporation arrives to take control of the Black River QZ, the safe, closed-off world Cardinal made for himself begins to crumble.

A thrilling, fast-paced work of speculative fiction for teens, Black River Falls is an unforgettable story about survival, identity, and family.