Marlene is no doubt a super badass character, and I loved her for that. I loved that she kept going despite everything. But what impressed me the most was that she could stay so hopeful and focused on a better future, in world that is governed by desperation and chaos, and in which your emotions can be your personal downfall. A world that is inhabited by people who are driven by the sole goal of survival, and infected that have been mutated in horrible and painful ways and are out to kill you.
And in this world, she leads a rebel group desperately fighting for freedom, and believing in a better future… but her subjects, her friends, die left and right besides her and she can do nothing but watch. And then she takes care of this girl, the daughter of friends long lost, only to discover one day that she might be the key to a cure of this horrid disease that plagues humanity. And even though she loves her, and would do anything to protect her, she has no other choice but to leave her in the care of a brutal smuggler who only cares about his own survival and is forced to place her trust in his ability to deliver her to one of her research stations…. only to learn that in the end, the very same girl must be sacrificed in order to develop the cure that could heal humanity of the horrors it had to endure for 20 years.
I can’t even imagine the pain and selfdoubts, not to speak the utter selfhatred she had to feel at her choice. To sacrifice the child she was tasked to look out for, to protect, for a cause that might very well fail and could turn out to be a wild goosechase. Did she really believe what she told herself? Or was it just desperate attempts to convince herself of doing the right thing?