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Premise we are all familiar with. And unfortunately the author doesn't really branch out from it. She doesn't make it new or interesting. I did finish it, but almost without realizing it. The ending was rushed and not satisfying. I didn't connect emotionally with any characters.... So I must say, this one is not one I would recommend if anyone asked me for a recommendation on post-apocalyptic fiction.
This goes into my do-not-repeat pile. Which is too bad.
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Firstly, I’ve read Jacqueline Druga before so I knew what I was getting myself into with this one. She is a master of weaving tales of all the different people that are affected by a virus and their responding attitudes, crimes, or praying!
This was no different. I loved The Flu, however, in this book we really get to delve into people’s lives. I liked being able to follow someone as they are faced with the plague and/or their loved ones dying. I think it lends itself to the reader being able to really get invested in the characters much more than when they are killed off suddenly or when they just fall out of the plot.
I also love that she isn’t afraid to start a plague at the beginning. She lets us follow the virus as it goes across the world. This particular story is mostly in America but she allows her readers to view what is going on in the rest of the world as well.
I really enjoyed the characters. I was also surprised that there was only one narrator. Andrew Wehrlen does such a good job that I thought there were at least two, if not three narrators. I easily could tell the characters apart and never had a difficult time keeping up with him. He also has a great way of really inflecting the drama into a scene that allows for the reader to feel like they are in the situation. Scary to say the least.
The overall audio was also pleasant to listen to. The performance was obviously amazing and the production quality kept up with the fabulous job that Andrew Wehrlen did.
The storyline was intense and made for a fantastic story. The ideas that Jacqueline Druga comes up with are so upsetting because I do not think she is far off from reality. It makes for an intense plot. She keeps the pacing and the characters do not shy away from danger. Sometimes stupidly, sometimes heroically.
This is definitely one you’ll want to listen to while you don’t have your mind occupied elsewhere. There are so many subtle events that missing them could create some questions. My favorite was the bit of a twist with the virus. She does this so well that she winds up adding in drama and tension seamlessly. She was also able to create drama by making the base for the virus an hotel. The hotel seems to add even more tension but as the story progresses it seems that there isn’t a safe place anywhere!
I loved how this ended and cannot wait to read more of her work.
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