Review of Contagious
It is strongly recommended you read Infected first, as it gives you a lot of background information – especially on one of the main characters, Perry Dawsey. That being said. You won’t be dissapointed with reading both books.
Contagious follows right after Infected. You have Perry Dawsey, a survivor who knows all about these destructive alien parasites, who helps the US Government fight these things before it gets out of hand. When things start to blow out of proportion and the virus evolves to survive, things start to get complicated and it all starts with a small little girl named Chelsea.
Wow. This novel was great! I liked how it provided more background information on the aliens and their hidden agenda towards Earth it gave the story more depth and the story is well rounded out. As in Infected, I also liked how there are scientific terms and theories, but it was easily explained and not complicated to understand. We all know some science fiction novels have a lot of technological jargon and you’re left wondering if you’re reading an encyclopedia on physics or rocket science. Here, everything is kept at Science 101 which is good, at least the reader is not stuck with having to go back to their college notes. I also liked the idea of the virus being able to evolve and to adapt so no matter how hard the government tries to fight it, it somehow gains the upper hand I thought it was an interesting way of keeping the story going.
The use of Chelsea in the book is very well done. It makes the story more eerie and creepy by using a child – a very beautiful and innocent like girl to become one of the most horrible creatures I’ve ever read in my life. You also get to see Perry Dawsey evolve from a psychotic raging killer doing down the downward spiral to a more calculated one, but with good intentions thanks to Dew.
There is a lot of action in this novel. It’s so fast paced and well done it’s almost as if you’re watching a movie instead of reading. There are also a few military terms here and there but it shouldn’t really bother the reader if they’re not familiar with the terminology (same with the science terms). There is a lot of gore and swearing for those that aren’t keen with that sort of thing. Other than that, this is a very pleasing sequel, is there room for more? well, I suppose it’s up for the reader to decide. Personally, I wouldn’t mind wondering what happens to the characters but then again perhaps it’s better if it stays with two books instead. It could go either way I guess.
Overall a wonderful, fast paced, sequel to Infected. A great read for sci fi action lovers anywhere. If the gore and swearing don’t bother you pick up both books and read them straight through. You won’t be dissapointed. Also, in this book is one of the most wonderful, awesome, feel-good “tell-offs” I have ever read in my life between Murray, President Gutierrez and Vanessa. I will never forget that part in the book. (If you’re curious, read the chapter: “Murray and Vanessa, BFF” to find out)
I give it a 10 out of 10.