HEMLOCKEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
Ever since the white werewolf killed Mackenzie's best friend, Amy, she's been having nightmares. Amy's boyfriend, Jason, has gone off the deep end. And their other friend, Kyle, has distanced himself.The Trackers, an anti-werewolf vigilante group, have come to Hemlock to round up anyone with Lupine Syndrome to be permanently interned in a government-run "rehabilitation camp." You'd think Mackenzie ... Read full review
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A new way to look at werewolf myths
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock Published May 8,2012 Summary: In this slightly more believable version of supernatural YA, lupine syndrome (otherwise known as becoming a werewolf) is running rampant across the United States. Those infected are sent to containment camps where they live out their lives never able to see their families again. The novel opens after Mackenzie’s best friend Amy has been killed by a rogue werewolf. The whole city of Hemlock is on high alert looking for the beast. Mackenzie has seen the evil containment can do and has mixed feelings about the civilian group who has come to look for the killer. Rather than showing “the daily life of a supernatural being” as all too many YA books do, Hemlock draws connections to what situations in the real world mimic the containment of lupine syndrome. I truly enjoyed this book for its wonderful portrayal of how a single factor can make society think a person is evil. To me, this spoke to the HIV/AIDS scare in the 90s, the round-ups during WWII and many others. I like YA novels that bring these issues up in an accessible way to introduce readers to complex issues.