Plague Land By Alex Scarrow
Publication date December 5, 2017
Summary from NetGalley:
The reports start slowly at first: an outbreak in Africa at the end of the evening news, as a headline at the bottom of a website. They’re easy to ignore, and most people do just that. Except for Leon. His mom shakes off the concerns , sure that they shouldn’t be worried about some illness on a distant continent. Until one week later, the virus hits England and chaos ensues, dotting the English countryside with the haunting remains of liquefied victims.
But what scares Leon the most is the way the virus moves- like it’s adapting. Like it has an agenda. If Leon’s going to fight back, he’ll need a plan. But first, he needs to stay alive.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Here are some thoughts about this book:
Hard to put down
I could probably think of a few more, but that will do for now. This book is definitely in the top ten best books I have read this year. But it also hard to talk about with out giving anything away. I will say that this virus that attacks the world is unlike anything that I have ever read before. It defy’s what we know about diseases and life forms. There are some chapters that are from the virus’s point of view which are what really sets this book apart.
Leon is the narrator for most of the book. There are some chapters narrated by others or told from their point of view, but we mostly see the world coming to an end through Leon’s eyes. What he and his family goes through is pretty typical of end of world stories, but the reason behind why he and his family survive is different. There are small pockets of survivors by the end but not many. Of course there are the usual awful things that people do to survive that are spread out over the course of the book, but the virus steals the show in awful deaths.
If you like your science fiction, dystopian worlds, mixed in with a little bit of horror and want to read something that is a fresh take on how humans end, then definitely pick this one up. You might want to wait though till the sequel comes out because you are left hanging at the end of this one.