14 July 2012

Review: After the Virus by Meghan Ciana Doidge

After the Virus by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Published: 1 June 2011

Pages: 300 (e-book)

Genre/s: Post Apocalyptic

Source: Review copy via BookRooster

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

After the virus decimates 99.9% of the world’s population, and all traces of humanity along with it, Rhiannon and Will are forced to move beyond their past fame, fortune, and personal demons to rescue a mute girl from the clutches of two warring cults. 

My Thoughts

What would happen if a virus decimated most of the worlds population, leaving the remnants of humanity to fight it out over territory, food and women? After the Virus takes a popular idea and gives it a unique twist by taking two formerly famous people and throwing them together in a world torn apart by greed and desperation, with some freaky Infected thrown in for good measure.

Opening with a tense escape scene, as Rhiannon flees her captors who are using women as baby-machines, we are introduced to a strong, haunted character who underneath a sarcastic shell, is really just looking to survive quietly and away from the violence that seems to follow her wherever she goes. I really liked Rhiannon - getting inside her head, and the way that she fought for the people she cared about, all the while dropping snark bombs like they were going out of fashion. There is also a thing that she does early in the book that immediately endeared her to me.

The romance between Will and Rhiannon felt natural and realistic, and they complimented each other perfectly, with Rhiannon's self-projected hardness, and Will's calm, dedicated nature.
Whilst not exactly zombies, The Infected, and the way that their 'handlers' sustain them, is truly terrifying, particularly how far some of them go to keep them 'alive'. Although some scenes in After the Virus are shocking in the depravity of humankind, it is a plausible scenario - do we really know people would react to the disintegration of law and order?

After the Virus sucked me in and didn't let me go - the writing was great, the characterisation excellent and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat.

Memorable Quotes
''He was a hundred feet below: naked, hairy and fishing. Weren't two of those three illegal?''
''Life made you get your hands dirty; life was vengeful if you tried an easy route.''

1 comment:

  1. Great! the author is Canadian. I can add her to my international list of books to review.

    I am reading the French "Ashes Ashes". Written in 1943 the future of 2053 is pretty odd.



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