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Transferral

byKate Blair

Paperback | October 24, 2015

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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?

Tranferral, the debut from Kate Blair, is a chilling look at a world gone wrong because of its efforts to do right.

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Kate Blair is a native of Hayling Island, UK, and is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. Her first novel, Transferral, was a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award, and was a Starred Selection of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids an...
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Title:TransferralFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:October 24, 2015Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770864547

ISBN - 13:9781770864542

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating World, Flat Characters Really interesting world and premise, but the main characters' arc fell flat. Her character was simplistic, and the ending was more than a little "white-saviour-y" as the character blue mohawk calls her. She learns the lesson about poverty, but it's a bit wooden that she parrots a line about not speaking for the black/poor friends she makes, while planning to do just that. They also forgive her way too easily for coming in and screwing up their lives. There is little to no anger or resentment coming from them, which is odd and unrealistic.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a ride!!! brilliant page-turner!!! i was fully immersed in the story and didn't come up for air till the extremely satisfying ending.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible debut! In a society where the illnesses of the wealthy and powerful are transferred into "criminals", what happens when a teen-aged girl begins to question her privileged background, her family's political power, and the status quo? You'll have to read Kate Blair's debut novel, Transferral, to find out, and I highly recommend that you do. It is compelling, entertaining, and an entirely human story in a world that appears to be on the verge of Orwell's 1984.
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One to watch! A brilliant debut novel -- Blair's pacing and storyline make this one you simply can't put down. Will be watching for more from this author!
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! * I received an advanced ebook from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion or my review * The premise of Transferral had me from the getgo. A society that transfers illness from law-abiding citizens to those convicted of various crimes? I'M THERE. I knew immediately that the social commentary to come would be incredible. Just after receiving the book, I had the pleasure of getting to hear Kate speak at the Toronto Word on the Street festival about the book and I was even more hooked. Talia is a character that means well. She recognizes that there are injustices in the world and wants desperately to right them and be a 'force of good'. Unfortunately, she's also a little bit hasty and often misguided. Her heart is in such a good place that she doesn't always think her plans to better the world all the way through and sometimes ends up making things worse for those she intends to help. She is very used to simple solutions and doesn't realize that, more often than not, things don't work out that easily. What I love about Talia is her willingness to accept when she's been wrong and to learn the other side(s) of the story. As I mentioned, I was also very excited about the moral issues that were dealt with in Transferral. On the surface, transferring illnesses (from the common cold to something much more severe) to criminals in accordance with their convictions seems like a great idea. As the story progresses, we see where things can become a little murky and how, both in the political landscape of the book and our actual world, sometimes things aren't what they seem. Talia learns that not all convicted criminals are as bad and dangerous as she's been told her whole life and that things desperately need to change because, in their current state, they are hindering the advancement of people who have done nothing wrong. The story was also constructed incredibly well. It flowed very smoothly and I never felt myself getting bored. I also loved the descriptions given throughout. I was able to build what I think was a very strong mental image of the city and how the different classes lived. To be totally honest, based on what I was imagining while reading, I want this made into a movie. Kate built such a captivating world because she made it so similar to the one in which we live but it's vastly different at the same time. This was a great read. The synopsis promised an interesting concept and the delivery was spot on. It beautifully captured the messiness of politics and social justice without being preachy or dry. I was kept on my toes and entertained the whole time while reading and it definitely got me thinking which I love. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and I cannot wait to see what other stories Kate has to tell.
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Absolutely Engrossing Read In an alternate London, England, the National Transfer Service has become a fundamental part of the legal system. Criminals are punished with viruses and diseases transferred from sick patients. Common colds are given for petty crimes, while serious offenders receive infectious diseases like tuberculosis and meningitis. Symptoms of sickness have become associated with crime. Sixteen-year-old Talia Hale has never questioned the Transfer system; she's always believed it saves innocent lives and acts as a deterrent for future crime. It's a belief Talia shares with her father, leader of the National Law Party, who's campaign for becoming the next prime minister has heavily emphasized a 'tough on crime' agenda. But when a routine visit to the hospital for a Transfer goes terribly wrong, Talia becomes fixated on finding a girl who's disappeared into the Barbican, the slums of London where criminals and the poor live. Talia's search for the mysterious girl named Tig forces her to look beyond the narrow scope of her privileged life. She's never known hunger and sickness, nor been concerned about money, unlike the harsh reality faced by people living in the Barbican. Let's face it, Talia is a naive, albeit well-meaning girl, impulsively throwing herself into a world she doesn't truly understand. But to her credit, she tries, she really does try to learn. Initially, Talia was just so convinced in her ideologies, that the world could so clearly be divided into black and white instead of existing in a grey area. It's not until she sees the injustice experienced in the Barbican that Talia realizes just how sheltered her life has been. But as Talia comes to realize, it's hard to break the cycle of crime when you're cornered and left with no options. Kate Blair's YA debut Transferral is a fast-paced, engrossing novel that naturally encourages discussion about the way crime and poverty are irrevocably intertwined. It calls attention to the importance and need for social services to help the less fortunate. And with such an intriguing concept of transferring disease, it asks us to question our own stances toward crime and punishment. But what I think makes Kate Blair's Transferral such a chilling read is the realization that life in the Barbican is not too far removed from reality. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Kate Blair's next YA book in the future!
Date published: 2015-11-16