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* WorkingOutTheirEmotions: Clover deals with stress by going running. The steady pattern of her feet helps her organize her thoughts.

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* FutureSlang: Foster City kids refer to neighborhood kids as hoodies.

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* DrowningMySorrows: James drinks heavily to cope with his job as an executioner.


Clover Donovan, an autistic sixteen-year-old living with her older brother West after a viral pandemic wiped out most of humanity, has been accepted by the prestigious Waverly-Stead academy, where she has dreamed of studying her whole life. But she can't go unless she parts with her service dog Mango, which she refuses to do. Instead, she is recruited by the Time Mariners, who travel into the future to gather information. Then one of her missions reveals that West's life is in danger. In order to save him, she'll have to go against the Company, which controls almost every aspect of life.


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Clover Donovan, an autistic sixteen-year-old living with her older brother West after a viral pandemic wiped out most of humanity, has been accepted by the prestigious Waverly-Stead academy, where she has dreamed of studying her whole life. But she can't go unless she parts with her service dog Mango, which she refuses to do. Instead, she is recruited by the Time Mariners, who travel into the future to gather information. Then one of her missions reveals she learns that West's life is in danger. In order to save him, she'll have to go against the Company, which controls almost every aspect of life.



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* FakingTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Langston Bennett is Jon Stead's brother. He was very close to death when he received the virus antidote, and he and his brother told the world that he'd died while he lived on under a new name.]]
** [[spoiler:When Clover and Bridget return to Reno, they claim West was killed by a bear.]]


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* FieryCoverup: [[spoiler:James illegally pulls the file predicting West's arrest and execution. Then he burns it and washes the ashes down the bathtub drain.]]

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* FosterKid: Kids whose parents are dead or too busy to take care of them live in Foster City. There's virtually no oversight, so severe abuse is rampant and parents can literally get away with murder.

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* StressVomit: Clover vomits twice in the bushes outside her cabin after [[spoiler:Waverly and Geena are killed]].


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* YouWatchTooMuchX: Clover says, "Do you ever feel like you're in some kind of alternate universe? Or on a different planet, maybe?" West replies, "You've been reading too much science fiction."


* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The virus suppressant doesn't actually do anything. Sixteen years ago, everyone received a single dose of a drug that both cures the illness and inoculates against it, making future doses unnecessary. The "suppressant" is a placebo designed to be addictive so that if anyone stops taking it, they'll fall ill from withdrawal. Waverly-Stead keeps up the charade in order to exert as much control over the people as possible.

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The virus suppressant doesn't actually do anything. Sixteen years ago, everyone received a single dose of a drug that both cures the illness and inoculates against it, making future doses unnecessary. The "suppressant" is a placebo designed to be addictive so that if anyone stops taking it, they'll fall ill from withdrawal. Waverly-Stead keeps up the charade in order to exert as much control over the people as possible.]]

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* DisabilitySuperpower: For reasons unknown, only autistic people can travel through the time portal.


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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The virus suppressant doesn't actually do anything. Sixteen years ago, everyone received a single dose of a drug that both cures the illness and inoculates against it, making future doses unnecessary. The "suppressant" is a placebo designed to be addictive so that if anyone stops taking it, they'll fall ill from withdrawal. Waverly-Stead keeps up the charade in order to exert as much control over the people as possible.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: The protagonists' plan to sneak out past the guards would have worked great if a rabbit hadn't run across the field, causing Mango to bark once.

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* TwentyFifthAmendment: So much of the government was killed by the virus that by the time it ended, the president was the secretary of housing and urban development, thirteenth in line for the office.

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* FamilyThemeNaming: Diamond, Sapphire, and Emerald, aka Mondo, Phire, and Emmy.

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* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Geena and Marta, two of the runaway foster kids, have metal rings in their left bottom lip and right nostril, respectively.

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* AbandonedArea: [[LoveInterest Jude Degas]] lives with a group of fellow runaway foster kids in an abandoned casino called the Dinosaur.


* CharacterTics: West has a habit of yanking his hand through his hair so it stands up like a porcupine. Their father James had the same habit.

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* CharacterTics: West has a habit of yanking his hand through his hair so it stands up like a porcupine. Their father James had has the same habit.habit.
* DisappearedDad: Since Clover and West were young children, James has worked jobs that require him to sleep in barracks. As a result, he has almost no relationship with his kids.


* FamilyEyeResemblance: Clover has her dead mother Jane's green eyes. Once when she looks at him, she gives him déjà vu because Jane looked at him the exact same way.

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* FamilyEyeResemblance: Clover has her dead mother Jane's green eyes. Once when she looks at him, West, she gives him déjà vu because Jane looked at him the exact same way.

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* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: The Donovans originally caught the virus while in the hospital for Clover's birth. Now James blames her for Jane's death. When Clover was ten, she cut off most of her hair in an effort to look different from Jane and stop reminding James that she was the reason for her death, but it didn't work.

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