Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Transferral

Publish July 5, 2016

In Transferral, Kate Blair’s dystopian novel, sixteen-year-old Talia Hale will never forget the day a madman invaded her home and destroyed her family. Haunted by a desire for justice, Talia’s father is a Prime Ministerial candidate whose campaign heavily endorses the National Transfer Service – an agency that transfers diseases to criminals found guilty of illegal activity. Talia firmly supports her father, believing that disease is an ideal punishment that saves taxpayer money and restores health among law-abiding citizens. While leaving the hospital after the transfer of a mild cold, Talia witnesses a chilling tableau – a man holding a butcher knife moves toward a small girl. Flashing back to her own traumatic past, Talia intervenes and saves the child. Her bravery is applauded in the media and establishes her father as the frontrunner in the election. But Talia cannot shake the feeling that something is not quite right, and becomes desperate to discover the mysterious girl’s whereabouts. Her search takes her into the Barbican Estate – a tower block in central London that houses the dregs of English society. What Talia uncovers changes everything, and publicizing the truth will risk her father’s career, his affection, and ultimately, Talia’s life. A tense countdown to zero hour, Transferral is a tightly plotted journey into the bowels of London, where illness is criminal, and true crimes against humanity are justified by vote-hungry politicians. Blair’s pacing is impeccable, and her gritty realism draws disturbing parallels to current events. Intense and unsettling, Transferral is a cautionary tale about good intentions run amok in a world where ethics bend to accommodate scientific discovery.


Kate Blair
Dancing Cat Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-77086-454-2

Karen Doerksen
Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.  

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