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Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137438142
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Publisher: St. Martin\'s Press
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Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe by , Book Resume:

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious? The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these "keys" fit. What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure.Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.


Riveted [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1101611359
Author: Meljean Brook
Publisher: Penguin
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Riveted by Meljean Brook Book Resume:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel returns to the Iron Seas with a riveting new adventure of steampunk and passionate romance… A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island became shrouded in secrecy. Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard. Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam…

Fatigue Life of Riveted Steel Bridges

Fatigue Life of Riveted Steel Bridges [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0203847768
Author: Björn Åkesson
Publisher: CRC Press
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Fatigue Life of Riveted Steel Bridges by Björn Åkesson Book Resume:

Many old riveted railway bridges are replaced too soon due to a general lack of knowledge about the expected life span. This indicates the need for more information on fatigue and brittle fracture of riveted bridges. This book unveils extensive research and literature results on riveted bridges' fatigue live and shows how to take fatigue properly i

The Black Kids

The Black Kids [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1534462740
Author: Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed Book Resume:

A New York Times bestseller A William C. Morris Award Finalist “Should be required reading in every classroom.” —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin “A true love letter to Los Angeles.” —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion “A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history.” —Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Grown and Monday’s Not Coming Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots. Los Angeles, 1992 Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids. As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?

Riveted Lap Joints in Aircraft Fuselage

Riveted Lap Joints in Aircraft Fuselage [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9400742827
Author: Andrzej Skorupa,Małgorzata Skorupa
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Riveted Lap Joints in Aircraft Fuselage by Andrzej Skorupa,Małgorzata Skorupa Book Resume:

Fatigue of the pressurized fuselages of transport aircraft is a significant problem all builders and users of aircraft have to cope with for reasons associated with assuring a sufficient lifetime and safety, and formulating adequate inspection procedures. These aspects are all addressed in various formal protocols for creating and maintaining airworthiness, including damage tolerance considerations. In most transport aircraft, fatigue occurs in lap joints, sometimes leading to circumstances that threaten safety in critical ways. The problem of fatigue of lap joints has been considerably enlarged by the goal of extending aircraft lifetimes. Fatigue of riveted lap joints between aluminium alloy sheets, typical of the pressurized aircraft fuselage, is the major topic of the present book. The richly illustrated and well-structured chapters treat subjects such as: structural design solutions and loading conditions for fuselage skin joints; relevance of laboratory test results for simple lap joint specimens to riveted joints in a real structure; effect of various production and design related variables on the riveted joint fatigue behaviour; analytical and experimental results on load transmission in mechanically fastened lap joints; theoretical and experimental analysis of secondary bending and its implications for riveted joint fatigue performance; nucleation and shape development of fatigue cracks in riveted longitudinal lap joints; overview of experimental investigations into the multi-site damage for full scale fuselage panels and riveted lap joint specimens; fatigue crack growth and fatigue life prediction methodology for riveted lap joints; residual strength predictions for riveted lap joints in a fuselage structure. The major issues of each chapter are recapitulated in the last section.

Self-Piercing Riveting

Self-Piercing Riveting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0857098845
Author: A Chrysanthou,X Sun
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing
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Self-Piercing Riveting by A Chrysanthou,X Sun Book Resume:

Due to its speed, low energy requirements, and the fact that it does not require a pre-drilled hole, the technique of self-piercing riveting (SPR) has been increasingly adopted by many industries as a high-speed mechanical fastening technique for the joining of sheet material components. Self-piercing riveting comprehensively reviews the process, equipment, and corrosion behaviour of self-piercing riveting, and also describes the process of evaluation and modelling of strength of self-piercing riveted joints, quality control methods and non-destructive testing. Part one provides an extensive overview of the properties of self-piercing riveting. Chapters in this section review the mechanical strength, fatigue, and corrosion behaviour of self-piercing riveted joints. The second part of the book outlines the processing and applications of SPRs, and describes the dynamic strength evaluation/crashworthiness of SPRs, and the modelling of strength of self-piercing riveted joints, before going on to discuss the assessment of the suitability of materials for self-piercing riveting. The concluding chapters describe the quality control and non-destructive testing of self-piercing riveted joints, optimization of the strength of self-piercing rivets, and provides an overview of self-piercing rivets in the automotive industry and the applications of self-piercing riveting in automated vehicle construction. Self-piercing riveting is a standard reference for engineers and designers in the aerospace, materials, welding, joining, automotive and white goods industries, as well as manufacturers of metal components for the automotive, aerospace, white goods and building industries. Comprehensively reviews the process, equipment, and corrosion behaviour of self-piercing riveting Describes the process of evaluation and modelling of strength of self-piercing riveted joints, quality control methods and non-destructive testing Provides an overview of quality, optimization, applications and strength evaluations of self-piercing riveting

A Textbook of Machine Design

A Textbook of Machine Design [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8121925371
Author: RS Khurmi | JK Gupta
Publisher: S. Chand Publishing
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A Textbook of Machine Design by RS Khurmi | JK Gupta Book Resume:

The present multicolor edition has been throughly revised and brought up-to-date.Multicolor pictures have been added to enhance the content value and to give the students an idea of what he will be dealing in reality,and to bridge the gap between theory and practice.this book ahs already been include in the 'suggested reading'for the A.M.I.E.(India)examinations.

A Textbook of Workshop Technology

A Textbook of Workshop Technology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 812190868X
Author: RS Khurmi | JK Gupta
Publisher: S. Chand Publishing
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A Textbook of Workshop Technology by RS Khurmi | JK Gupta Book Resume:

A Textbook of workshop Technology(Manufacturing Processes)to the students of degree and diploma of all the Indian and foreign universities.The object of this book is to present the subject matter in a most concise,compact,to the point and lucid manner.While writing the book,we have constantly kept in mind the various requirements of the students.No effort has been spared to enrich the book with simple language and self-explanatory diagrams.Every care has been taken not to make the book voluminous,as the students have also to face other subjects of equal importance.

Recent Developments In Bridge Engineering

Recent Developments In Bridge Engineering [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0203017870
Author: K.M. Mahmoud
Publisher: CRC Press
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Recent Developments In Bridge Engineering by K.M. Mahmoud Book Resume:

This book contains a selected number of papers that were presented at the Second New York City Bridge Conference organized by the Bridge Engineering Association. It represents the state-of-the-art papers from different countries on a wide spectrum of topics in bridge engineering.

Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation II

Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation II [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3038139211
Author: Fang Yin Cheng,Yan Ma
Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd
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Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation II by Fang Yin Cheng,Yan Ma Book Resume:

These proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation (CDMMS 2012), held during the 21st to 23rd September 2012 in Chongqing, China, present original ideas and exciting new findings in disciplines such as CAD, CAM, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Modeling and Simulation.

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1534438262
Author: Jennifer De Leon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon Book Resume:

“A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story.” —Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Fires Everywhere “Written with humor and grace, with intimacy and empathy, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is the perfect coming of age novel for our time.” —Matt Mendez, author of Barely Missing Everything and Twitching Heart First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand. Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wall—or rather, walls. There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad left—again. There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthy—and white—suburban high school she’s just been accepted into. And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has to whiten up. So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way? But then light is shed on some hard truths: It isn’t that her father doesn’t want to come home—he can’t…and her whole family is in jeopardy. And when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable. But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight.

27000 English-French Words Dictionary With Definitions

27000 English-French Words Dictionary With Definitions [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Nam H Nguyen
Publisher: Nam H Nguyen
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27000 English-French Words Dictionary With Definitions by Nam H Nguyen Book Resume:

is a great resource anywhere you go; it is an easy tool that has just the words completed description you want and need! The entire dictionary is an alphabetical list of English words with their full description plus special Alphabet, Irregular Verbs and Parts of speech. It will be perfect and very useful for everyone who needs a handy, reliable resource for home, school, office, organization, students, college, government officials, diplomats, academics, professionals, business people, company, travel, interpreting, reference and learning English. The meaning of words you will learn will help you in any situations in the palm of your hand. est une excellente ressource partout où vous allez; C'est un outil facile qui a juste la description complète des mots que vous voulez et dont vous avez besoin! Le dictionnaire entier est une liste alphabétique des mots anglais avec leur description complète plus l' alphabet spécial , les verbes irréguliers et les parties de discours. Ce sera parfait et très utile pour tous ceux qui ont besoin d'une ressource pratique et fiable pour la maison, l'école, le bureau, l'organisation, les étudiants, le collège, les fonctionnaires, les diplomates, les universitaires , les professionnels , les gens d' affaires , compagnie, voyage, interprétation, référence et apprentissage de l'anglais. La signification des mots que vous apprendrez vous aidera dans toutes les situations dans la paume de votre main

Advances in Civil Engineering and Architecture

Advances in Civil Engineering and Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3038136042
Author: Chao He Chen,Yong Huang,Guang Fan Li
Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd
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Advances in Civil Engineering and Architecture by Chao He Chen,Yong Huang,Guang Fan Li Book Resume:

This volume comprises a collection of papers which were subjected to strict peer-review by 2 to 4 expert referees. It aims to present the latest advances in, and applications of, structural engineering, bridge engineering, tunnel, subway and underground facilities, seismic engineering, environment-friendly construction and development, monitoring and control of structures, structural rehabilitation, retrofitting and strengthening, reliability and durability of structures, computational mechanics, construction technology, etc. This will be essential reading matter for those involved in public works, at every level.

Mechanical Design of Machine Components

Mechanical Design of Machine Components [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498735371
Author: Ansel C. Ugural
Publisher: CRC Press
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Mechanical Design of Machine Components by Ansel C. Ugural Book Resume:

Analyze and Solve Real-World Machine Design Problems Using SI Units Mechanical Design of Machine Components, Second Edition: SI Version strikes a balance between method and theory, and fills a void in the world of design. Relevant to mechanical and related engineering curricula, the book is useful in college classes, and also serves as a reference for practicing engineers. This book combines the needed engineering mechanics concepts, analysis of various machine elements, design procedures, and the application of numerical and computational tools. It demonstrates the means by which loads are resisted in mechanical components, solves all examples and problems within the book using SI units, and helps readers gain valuable insight into the mechanics and design methods of machine components. The author presents structured, worked examples and problem sets that showcase analysis and design techniques, includes case studies that present different aspects of the same design or analysis problem, and links together a variety of topics in successive chapters. SI units are used exclusively in examples and problems, while some selected tables also show U.S. customary (USCS) units. This book also presumes knowledge of the mechanics of materials and material properties. New in the Second Edition: Presents a study of two entire real-life machines Includes Finite Element Analysis coverage supported by examples and case studies Provides MATLAB solutions of many problem samples and case studies included on the book’s website Offers access to additional information on selected topics that includes website addresses and open-ended web-based problems Class-tested and divided into three sections, this comprehensive book first focuses on the fundamentals and covers the basics of loading, stress, strain, materials, deflection, stiffness, and stability. This includes basic concepts in design and analysis, as well as definitions related to properties of engineering materials. Also discussed are detailed equilibrium and energy methods of analysis for determining stresses and deformations in variously loaded members. The second section deals with fracture mechanics, failure criteria, fatigue phenomena, and surface damage of components. The final section is dedicated to machine component design, briefly covering entire machines. The fundamentals are applied to specific elements such as shafts, bearings, gears, belts, chains, clutches, brakes, and springs.


Imagination [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1643132881
Author: Jim Davies
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Imagination by Jim Davies Book Resume:

We don’t think of imagination the way that we should. The word is often only associated with children, artists and daydreamers, but in reality, imagination is an integral part of almost every action and decision that we make. Simply put, imagination is a person’s ability to create scenarios in his or her head: this can include everything from planning a grocery list, to honing a golf swing, to having religious hallucinations. And while imagination has positive connotations, it can also lead to decreased productivity and cooperation, or worse, the continuous reliving of past trauma.The human brain is remarkable in its ability to imagine—it can imagine complex possible futures, fantasy worlds, or tasty meals. We can use our imaginations to make us relaxed or anxious. We can imagine what the world might be, and construct elaborate plans. People have been fascinated with the machination of the human brain and its ability to imagine for centuries. There are books on creativity, dreams, memory, and the mind in general, but how exactly do we create those scenes in our head? With chapters ranging from hallucination and imaginary friends to how imagination can make you happier and more productive, Jim Davies' Imagination will help us explore the full potential of our own mind.


Outlawed [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1635575435
Author: Anna North
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Outlawed by Anna North Book Resume:

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK A BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB PICK "A masterpiece." - R.O. Kwon The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she's willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all. Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear.


Structures [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780786730353
Author: J. E. Gordon
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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Structures by J. E. Gordon Book Resume:

In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose. For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.

She's the Worst

She's the Worst [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 153443660X
Author: Lauren Spieller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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She's the Worst by Lauren Spieller Book Resume:

“Pitch-perfect…a surefire hit.” —The Children’s Book Review “A sparkling homage to LA and a love letter to the difficult, mercurial, rewarding relationship between sisters.” —Booklist Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets 10 Things I Hate About You in this fun, contemporary novel about two sisters who have twenty-four hours to fulfill a pact and overcome the secret that threatens to tear them apart. Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door. But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer. Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.

Find You First

Find You First [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0062678337
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Find You First by Linwood Barclay Book Resume:

The New York Times bestselling author of Elevator Pitch and master of psychological suspense returns with a riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one. “Find You First starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one. . . . It’s the best book of his career.” — Stephen King Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of—except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a fifty percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past . . . Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has kids—nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him—maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse. As Miles begins to search for the children he’s never known, aspiring film documentarian Chloe Swanson embarks on a quest to find her biological father, armed with the knowledge that twenty-two years ago, her mother used a New York sperm bank to become pregnant. When Miles and Chloe eventually connect, their excitement at finding each other is overshadowed by a series of mysterious and terrifying events. One by one, Miles’s other potential heirs are vanishing—every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all. Who is the vicious killer—another heir methodically erasing rivals? Or is something even more sinister going on? It’s a deadly race against time . . .

How We Became Wicked

How We Became Wicked [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1481419862
Author: Alexander Yates
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates Book Resume:

When an insect-borne plague begins to envelop the world, three sixteen-year-olds struggle to survive amongst the healthy “trues” and the infected “wickeds” in this gripping dystopian tale from the author of The Winter Place. A plague, called Wickedness, is pulsing through the world; and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds: The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects who carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: They always ask politely first. The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. They’re the lucky ones; they found safety from the Singers. And while the threat of the Wicked may not be eliminated, for the True, the threat has certainly been contained… The VEXED: The Vexed are the truly fortunate ones—they survived the sting of the Singers, leaving them immune. But they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it. In this brilliantly realized novel, three teens—Astrid, Hank, and Natalie—start to realize that the divisions of their world aren’t as clear as they seem, and are forced to question what being wicked truly means.