This YA book is set in an alternate world where tuberculosis is once again a major threat to the population. The new strain is resistant to the drugs used as treatment and is highly contagious. As a result, patients are once again sent to sanatoriums for quarantine and treatment. In Extraordinary Means, we focus on Latham House. Teenager Lane is sent there after developing TB. He goes in a tightly-laced, straight-A, goody goody. Once on the inside, he meets Sadie and her group of misfits. They are the ones who hijack wifi and sneak contraband goods into the hospital. They teach Lane to misbehave, loosen his laces a bit. They have fun, but then (not to spoil anything) someone dies…maybe even more than one someones?!? There is a big lesson about mortality and living life and experiencing things, and it’s a little trite and manipulative. Eh, it’s still a pretty good book.
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