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However, Book Ten introduces some new twists to the by-now old Zulu virus. I think Fuchs did a fine job of explaining the changes and not making them as ridiculous as they could have been. However, other readers' mileage may vary. I don't think it was strictly necessary--one can imagine the tension ramping up without the addition of new... ah... kinds of zulus... I guess. But the explanation makes "comic book logic" sense, which is to say, it's plausible with known scientific knowledge of how viruses act and mutate, but the actual practical applications might require some suspension of disbelief.
The one real criticism I have for this book was with Sarah. Sarah... I really want to like her, but the books seem determined to do everything imaginable to prevent me from doing so. I sympathized with her predicament when she was first introduced, but since then, she's become a one-woman tornado of (weird) romantic entanglement and melodrama. It's pretty bad, but it's even worse because nothing actually even happens! Yet, the reader is forced to read seemingly endless passages of either her or other characters agonizing over the nothing that is happening. If that sounds bad, it's actually worse to read it.
I'm reluctant to conclude that the writer(s) doesn't know what to do with female characters; Ali and Kate are great in varying degrees, but even they're saddled with romantic subplots that don't really advance our understanding of them as people. Kate dodged the melodrama largely because her relationship is secret for most of the books, but even Ali--an otherwise strong and interesting person--has pages devoted to agonizing over her romantic entanglements. All of this is nothing, though, compared to the seeming chapters devoted to Sarah's self-flagellation over her (maybe?!) feelings for other people than her (I guess?!) current boyfriend.
This flaw isn't enough to mar my enjoyment of the series overall, but it does drag some of the characters down with it a little bit. Handon, never the most interesting of the team, is even less interesting when he's obsessing over Sarah, Henno, Sarah and Henno, Sarah and Homer (?!), etc. Again, it isn't a dagger to the heart of my love for the series, but I do wish they'd either drop these subplots or do something a little more three-dimensional with them. It isn't new to this book, but it really came to a head for me at the climax of Wesley's mission.
Anyway, that aside, the action in the book is as ridiculously awesome as ever, and I eagerly await the next installment.
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These writers, and later on Fuchs by himself, have given us something exciting, gripping, tense, comedic, and true.Read more