- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500555975
- ISBN-13: 978-1500555979
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't know who has the worst luck; Joel, the owner of The Ambassador Suites which is forced under quarantine after a guest checks in with a deadly virus or Amita. Amita is the scientist hired to stop this thing and cure it. To make matters worse teen pop sensation JJ Wylde is staying at The Ambassador along with the senator's wife Ava and the Icing on this disaster cake is their contagious guest has come in contact with almost everyone. Ironically their patient zero is a spirt healer who goes around the country giving seminars.
Amita has never seen anything like BV which mutates at an astonishing rate everywhere it pops up. It starts with a cough, headache, blood shot eyes, and immediately goes downhill from there. When the CDC discovers Amita indeed does not "got this" under control they steal her wild idea of infecting patients with rabies to eradicate the virus. "Rabies can be cured." Instead of testing her theory in a lab they label rabies as the cure which is just as bonkers as it sounds. In order to right their wrong they have to admit they've lost control and promise to do whatever it takes to rid the world of it even it means nuking entire cities across the country.
I always say part of being a writer is being a little mad but to write science fiction I imagine the insanity is heightened while writing it. I kept playing the "Who's gonna survive," game. For a while it seems like no one is safe. You know things have turned bad when the government would rather wipe their hands clean and nuke citizens than admit they were wrong about everything.
Every character is multi layered. The Canadian teen pop singer with an attitude (*cough* Justin Bieber), the aspiring wrestler who's girlfriend left him, the housewife yanked from her house and put into a van with her three kids, and the hotel owner's wife all try to do what the government couldn't. Out of 242 people in the hotel they try their hardest to defeat the virus.
The hope and momentum never died even though the people dropped off like flies. Contagious is one hell of a virus and you're infected as soon as you pick it up. To think I stumbled upon this read by typing random words into Amazon. This is definitely a different kind of scify and I cannot wait to read more from Jackie.
I won't spoil the book for anyone who wants to read it, but if you like plague thrillers this is the one to get.
If you're looking for a great book about civilization falling due to a disease or virus, choose one of the many other options. If you want a book you could probably finish on a plane, this might be a good book to choose.
The one thing that other reviews leave out is one of the things I love the most about her, she writes a lot. I hate it when I really like a book and then it is a year or more to the next one.