David Fickling Books 2016
The "survival of the fittest" is not always accurate, as shown by Nessa in The Call. In a society where it is better to be dead than crippled, Nessa always has to try her hardest in everything to be seen as anything but the cripple she is, and even then, everyone is constantly underestimating her. Few survive "the call," and those who do are often hopelessly deformed, and everyone figures, "what chance does a cripple have against the call when the strongest of us perish in the attempt to survive?' Nessa must learn to be calculating and resourceful in every situation, and I love how the author shows this. I also loved how this story showed what it would be like to live in fear of three minutes of your life... 3 minutes to save it, or 3 minutes to lose it.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book