05 November 2011

The Flu by Jacqueline Druga

The Flu by Jacqueline Druga

Published: 28 August 2006

Pages: 334 (paperback)
Genre/s: Post Apocalyptic, Virus

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK


Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning.

Not this time. In 1918 forty million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared. Mutated and with a vengeance the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they are 'flu-free'. In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.

My Thoughts

I purchased The Flu thinking it would be an OK read. A filler if you like, something easy to read on my daily commute. But I was wrong - very wrong!

The Flu immediately plunges you into the story with characters that are incredibly likeable and not the usual infallible types that dominate the PA genre. They are normal people with normal lives, and have the same feelings and fears that you could image having yourself in such situations.

The story is free-flowing and addictive, easily understandable and not bogged down by the scientific explanations that can make such novels a bit of a chore in places. I read these type of novels for fun, not an education, and The Flu has a big tick in that box.

Now, I do have to mention the errors, both spelling and grammatical in this book. But in the end, I didn't care - the story is good, the characters are great and for me, these issues did not distract me from the positive things.

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