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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  77 reviews
"One life will make the difference." Macey Holsinger has been hearing that promise her whole life. But it hasn't saved anyone yet, not even her little brother.

The disease has claimed countless lives in the last hundred years, and the government is working hard to find a cure through human testing. Testing that has killed nearly as many people as the disease.

At sixteen, Mac
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published November 14th 2013
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dystopian fiction fans, teens/young adults or people who like to read YA
Recommended to boekverslaafde by: Amazon
I couldn't put this book down, I started it for some 'light reading' before bed, and managed to read through the night until I finished. I am surprised, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. The story is one of our main character, Macey Holsinger, and her life leading up to her Date. The Date is just that, a date on the calendar, that everyone is given on their 16th birthday. The date is for no earlier than their 20th birthday, and on that date, every 10 years, they must go to the gove ...more
Laurie Stewart
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
The story is utterly riveting. Stephanie sets up a believable character in a realistic world of the future, the adds layers of despair and claustrophobia like chiffon on a wedding gown. Each adding subtly to the whole until you find your heart hammering along with the heroine's.

The characters are all well fleshed out, and you can almost feel the bad guys breathing down your neck. I almost never cry at movies or books, but I had to take a break from this to stop myself from bawling... which would
J.F. Johns
I'm so confused as to how I should rate this book. The beginning was quite interesting, but then the story didn't seem to go anywhere. I actually stopped reading for a few weeks and almost gave up. I finally picked it back up and I'm glad I did.
I feel like the story could've been better in the sense that, being dystopian, I expected maybe a little more to the world, a little more action. The story just follows the main character with her daily life and nothing else really happens.
I would've gi
Marysue Gulick
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed both of Stephanie Erickson's books, and while I thoroughly enjoyed The Blackout, I can see her growth as a writer in The Cure. Her characters are very well presented and rounded out. The concept is intriguing, and the book appeals to many ages of readers. The main character is a rebellious teen in a land of tight government controls. Her problems are believable and thought-provoking. I don't usually like dystopia-type books, but this one is so character-driven, that I may b ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and found it difficult to put down. Set in a realistic but frightening time in the future, against a background of despair, with only the love of family and friends to keep you going, especially when your 'date' is looming.
The characters are very believable which brought out strong emotions as the story progressed. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that I was a little disappointed by the ending.
Hannah Shows
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read!

Awesome read!

This book was not only eye opening to the way our world could be but very well written with a good story line! I felt so connect with the characters and felt like I was feeling exactly what Macey was feeling! If your into dystopian type books I would definitely recommend this one!
Bonnie Calhoun
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
It was "alright." Started off well and I expected something to happen. It didn't. The ending was predictable and a little boring. Pretty much no conflict. When she learns to throw more wrenches at her protags she'll be fine. ...more
JoAnna Morris
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Erickson has a true gift. I was submerged into Macey's world from chapter 1, sending me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. You will laugh, cry, and cheer until the very end! ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. It’s a possible future given this pandemic we’re having right now. The book was written in 2013 and centers around a pandemic that starts in 2020, and the story is 100 years later. Well written and loved the main character and I share the sentiments she has in the story.
Debra McLean
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written

Felt plausible, easy to feel the characters. Excellent middle or high school age reading. Looking forward to reading more from this author
Terrika Rayford
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! Although it took me two days to read, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Can you make a sacrifice of that substance?
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Had a lot of potential but left me wanting more.
Kelli Weisman
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Kinda weird the Coronavirus is here now and this book speaks to a lot of the same issues. Could this be our future!
Diana J
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
A lot of build up and quickly wrapped with an unrealistic bow.
.5 stars
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
NOT crazy about the ending
Rachel Barnard
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“I gladly sacrifice my life for the good of others. One life will make the difference, and that life could be mine. For this reason, I’m devoted to finding the cure.” (Kindle Locations 59-60).

In a world that is on quarantine from a disease that kills 75% of the population, the push for the cure also lowers life expectancies. It is only through human trials that the government thinks a cure can be found. “Sixteen was a big birthday, though. The year everyone got their date— the day when you would
The Literary Connoisseur
The Cure by Stephanie Erickson starts out like all dystopian society books out there. Something has flipped North America upside down, and turned it into a twisted society with rules and regulations that can only be described as cruel.
But that's where the similarities stopped.
In The Cure, a deadly disease has spread throughout North America, and nearly wiped out everyone in its path. Although, thanks to this new society's founding fathers, the disease has eventually slowed down with frequent tes
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
For once, a heroine with a temper - Macey really is a handful. In the beginning, I thought it was pure stupidity. It does qualify as stupid to paint a banned symbol for an art project and be enraged when threatened to be punished for it. Later on, I understood her better. Though it's not wise to be rebellious, it sometimes is the right thing to do.

I loved how "The Cure" was a lot about art. It gave Macey and her story depth. Though the world building is still a bit sketchy and doing the math be
Danielle Beaulieu
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I started off really enjoying "The Cure" by Stephanie Erickson and quickly found myself captivated by the characters and their dystopian world. I was intrigued by "the disease" and the questions around the government and its way of controlling the disease and the citizens. I felt like the author could have given more overall detail throughout the book about "the disease" and the life of the citizens. The author did a great job on creating great characters whom I generally cared for but I also wa ...more
C. Erani Kole
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

WHOA. So this was a new type of reading for me because it revolved around a girl in the near future who's suffered massive loss and confusion with her own country, wondering why everything is so repressed and hush-hush. When I first read this, I was mildly annoyed with the 16yo because she couldn't seem to comprehend what her actions brought about (and I know she's smart so there shouldn't be an excuse). However, after the third i
Paige Turner
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m always very skeptical about books in the free section and in the dystopian, Young Adult genre. The abundance of the less-than-riveting choices is astounding and not in a good way. But, The Cure shocked me and I loved it.

The first thing that I noticed was that this is under the dystopian genre, but if you look at the title of this review, this isn’t a series. Yes, this is a young adult dystopian book that is not a series. Everything is tied up in just one book and that is amazing.

Macey Hols
I purchased this book from the author when my library had an event that featured 40 local authors. The only two books I purchased that day were both by Stephanie Erickson -- a very nice woman, indeed.

I'm so relieved to know that the government has not banned pizza, nachos or sunbathing in 2113. I would have thought that the nanny state would have done that by then. Yay us!

That was said tongue-in-cheek. Actually, I quite enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of dystopian literature and also a pretty b
Kristin Johnson
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not your usual dystopian YA

This little gem doesn't feature a plucky hero or heroine defying some monolithic state and getting a liplock in. It does feature a plucky defiant art student, Macey, her loving family, and her boyfriend. And a parallel contemporary society (you can tell by the pop culture references) ravaged by a disease that makes the Ebola scare look like a boo boo. The bureaucracy of The Facility, the hospital where all people have to submit to testing to find The Cure, is more Maz
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very intriguing, much different than any I've read. People are living in a society very controlled by the government. The setting stakes place approximately 100 years into the future, and the world has been ravaged by a disease that, once contracted, leaves no hope for survival. Scientists are searching for a cure, and citizens are required to report to the Facility on a date chosen by the government for their turn to be experimented upon. The hope is that these experiences will on ...more
Kody Boye
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One-hundred years into the future, the government controls everything. Where you live. How you prosper. What happens when you come of age. In this unsettling version of the apocalypse, we follow a young woman named Macey Holsinger as she struggles to face not only a future uncertain, but her upcoming Date: an event in which she will be subjected to mandatory medical testing to participate in the government’s search for a cure. There’s no guarantee that Macey will survive. If she does, she has a ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, sci-fi, dystopian
It took me a bit to read this book, I am not a big fan of the genre but do enjoy mixing it up when I have a really bad book I know I must read. Then I have the comfort of a book I already know is good to fill in my reading time.

This dystopian sci-fi leaves more questions than answers, which I think is the point. The disease has existed over a hundred years, and people die, young people being used to finding the cure. I can't tell you what this disease is however I can tell you that a young girl
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book set in a future following the outbreak of a deadly and incurable disease. People's freedoms have been sacrificed in the name of the greater good. Each citizen must sacrifice/donate themselves in the name of science/testing every 10 years starting after their 20th birthday. You may survive and you may not so many families have lost loved ones to the disease or testing in this society. Our main charact
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Could not read....spoilers

The writing was very rough. Her physical description of the main character was very forced and very focused. Her "violet eyes" and her "ink black hair" came across as more cheesy than anything else.
The main characters fascination with the American Flag and her subsequent desire to incorporate it into a still life painting are unlikely. Also she would not magically know that flags ripple in the wind if she had never seen one before. Her parents and her friends should not
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Cure is a story about coming of age in a dysstopian future world ravaged by a disease that has ravaged the United States. Macey is a budding artist who has grown up in an America obsessed with finding the cure to a dreaded and usually fatal disease, but it's hard for the reader to be sure which is worse, the disease or the ongoing quest for a cure which subjects every citizen to experimentation once every decade that claims one in four.
As her own "date" approaches, Macey must work through he
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