The Fever King by Victoria Lee
Review by Lauren
Source: copy borrowed from Karen of For What It’s Worth; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
Review: The Fever King was on my wish list of books to read for a long time, so I’m really thankful that Karen sent me a copy to borrow. I really should have read this one quicker, but alas, life and other books get in the way. I’ve read it now though and I cannot wait for the sequel!!
Victoria Lee has crafted a really fascinating world, where the United States we all know of today no longer exists. There’s a magical virus that kills most people it infects, except for those few that survive, like Noam. His parents are undocumented immigrants, he lives in an old bookstore with other tenants, and when the virus doesn’t kill him, he becomes a technopath and his old life seems to shun him.
Once Noam has his powers, and starts learning how to use them, the book really becomes intriguing. Noam can’t forget where he came from, and all the refugees that are dying on his doorstep, so he’s determined to use his new power to help people like he used to be. There is a lot of secrets and intrigue in this new nation called Carolinia. I wasn’t able to fully guess everything that was revealed throughout, and I loved that because it keeps you guessing and wondering about people and events. One of the things that I love about the book is the morally gray characters – most of them can’t be considered a hero or a villain. They are more of an in-between.
The Fever King does have a lot of talk about science, but I feel like Lee did a good job explaining these intricacies. It might have taken me a little bit to understand certain things, but I never felt so frustrated that I wanted to quit reading the book. I’m definitely excited for the sequel and one plus of me taking forever to read The Fever King, is that the sequel, The Electric Heir, comes out on March 17th, 2020.