I’m always excited to read novels that deal with biological warfare or viruses. Thank you to First to Read program and Penguin Random House for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Joe Rush is at an Amazon gold rush studying new forms of malaria, when his best friend, Eddie Nakamura, disappears. As Rush begins to search for Eddie, he discovers that many sick miners have also vanished.
Miles away, tons of sick people are starting to appear in US hospitals. When the White House admits that they received terrorist threats, cities all over begin to shut down. Rush and his team must come back to America, as the clock ticks toward an unimaginable annihilation. Time is short because the situation, while bad, is about to get even worse.
While this novel is part of a series, you can easily read it as a standalone. Now, I’ve read quite a few biological thrillers. The best praise I can give for this novel is that it wasn’t terrible. There was nothing that I really loved about this novel but it wasn’t terrible enough to warrant a bad rating. I had no feelings while reading this book. I didn’t get excited, I didn’t get attached to any characters… it was just a blah experience for me. This novel is mostly told from Joe’s perspective but it does shift to other POVs – including that of a mosquito. Yeah, you read that right. A mosquito. It was weird and I’m not sure if it was really necessary or helpful. I appreciated the amount of research that the author did on malaria; it was very thorough and gave reader an indepth knowledge into the disease as well as how mutations work in general. Overall, this novel was okay. It wasn’t really memorable but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read.