21 March 2012

The World Ends on Wednesdays #1

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I love apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, zombies and all those horrible diseases and disasters that would either cause the end of the world, or change it pretty radically from what we know today.

I also have about a bajillion books about it, and I've sadly come to the realisation that it's going to take me about forever to read them all.  Instead, I'm going to use them to make a regular Wednesday feature (genius, huh?!) and every week I'll tell you a little bit more about them - I may have read, reviewed, heard awesome things or just liked the sound of them -it's all completely random!

(Yeah I need to make a button/picture but I don't have my other laptop with me - I'll have one for next week!)

So without further rambling, here are the first two books to be featured:

Infected (Infected #1) by Scott Sigler

Published: 1 April 2008 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 342 (hardcover)

Status: Read in 2010

Three words: virus, gruesome, action

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

Working under the government’s shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim. With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common – they’ve been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.

Meanwhile Perry Dawsey – a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey – awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices . . . he is infected.

The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.

The first ever book to have the honour of making me feel physically ill while reading it (and I read a lot of gory books, so be warned!), Infected is intense, shocking and un-put-downable!
Contagious (Infected #2) by Scott Sigler

Published: 30 December 2008 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 438 (hardcover)

Status: Read in 2010

Three words: aliens, here-we-go-again, horror

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease’s hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation’s best hope and a terrifying liability. Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they’re going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors.

These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that’s not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat — one that comes from a most unexpected source — may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.

The follow up to Infected, I remember I jumped straight into reading this because I HAD to find out what happened!


  1. I read this from my school's library :D I read the first one and had trouble finding the second one cause I forgot the author's name and I thought the second one was called Contagious instead of Contagion =______= The spores are coming to infect you! Run while you can :3

    1. Argh I hate when that happens! So close, yet so far!

      I'll have to re-read these again one day and write proper reviews.

  2. I've heard good things about both books, maybe I should move them up on my list.
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages



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