Currently, I am working on a novel fencing adult/young-adult fiction, set a few years before 2020. I suppose it can be categorized as a science fiction thriller. I will be relatively brief, so if I don't explain enough or if you are just curious, ask away. In my novel, the two main characters go to a new town, meet new people, and spread an extraordinary "virus" with unknown origins to close friends, through many means. I say "virus" because, without going into too much detail, it is a different type of infectious agent entirely. I will use virus as a placeholder. The one main character who knows about the virus spreads it intentionally, while the other does so by accident. Early on, the main characters and their friends who become involved and twisted into this "world without ignorance" realize they must remain quiet about the virus; there are individuals who are responsible specifically to confine and treat (no cure) or dispose of the infected deemed a threat to society, themselves, or exposing the truth. The decision is based on usefulness, age, lifestyle factors, social status, etc. This virus is highly versatile, and functions in the body almost as if it is sentient. For example, if one of the main characters is reaches a certain level anger or pain, his body temperature increases significantly, and he is able to survive at that body temperature that supersedes the normal 98.6 degrees to something more like 110. Due to his stubborn, hotheaded personality, the rise in body temperature can be uncontrollable. It can be used beneficially, too, for if he makes contact with another for an extended period of time while in this state, he could burn them. This is not without its drawbacks, obviously. He acquires severe rashes all over his body, extreme dehydration, nearly to the point of death. This is one of the more extreme cases, however, and isn't by natural means. In another case, an unidentified toxin builds up in the blood that, when outside of the body and exposed to air, becomes toxic upon touch. On top of that, any infected individual who reaches an altered state like the aforementioned suffer gradual brain damage. Think mad cow disease for humans, only the degradation is much, much slower. Morality and reason are usually the first to be affected. Reach a certain point at once, and the individual will basically lose their mind, until vegetative. Anyway, after my rant, is it appropriate to call these conditions and not something like powers or abilities? Or are they too supernatural for that? I ask this because it is my intention to make it realistic, yet extraordinary and mysterious, in that it pushes the envelope. Concepts that make you think to yourself "Wow! Okay, I guess that could be possible...given the right circumstances." I can give more examples, if need be. I am interested in hearing your feedback, about any of it, really. Thanks.