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Human Instincts Paperback – May 20, 2015
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”. She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
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The General sends Deanna in to the prison with only a guard a former war leader who's also a criminal in the prison. He thinks that the only want to save man kind is through a new generation of children and by using the criminals with the uninfected DNA they could do just that. However Deanna wants to save the already infected people, but under the orders of the general she enters the prison. However her time is short lived, the criminals are staging a break, and if the former war leader can't save her life, all could be lost forever.
I was really surprised by this book I'm always a little nervous with the whole Apocalyptic stuff, but it was surprisingly very good. The characters are well written, Deanna comes off as a the kind of woman who made a mistake and is willing to risk it all to fix it. The story is face paced but full of entertainment, not a dull moment to be found. Your instantly drawn in, wanting to know more. I finished it in one sitting, because I just had to know. I loved the ending it just left me with a smile and wanting more. I found it very unique, and full of twists and turns.
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Dr. Deanna Nicholas is the only surviving geneticist working for the General after the war. Her boss died, but before he did they were the ones to end the war by making a virus that killed. There was a vaccine made, but it had very adverse affects on those that were given it. Deanna has morals and ethics, which her senior geneticist did not. She doesn't think it's right to kill the innocent just for the good of science like he did. There is no way to make children who are not "tainted" by this vaccine's side effects, so the world is headed to ruin. Or is it? The General gets a message from a prison that was kept secure all these years and also has inmates that were not given the vaccine, so are not affected by it. The only hope for humanity is to test these inmates and see if they really are unaffected and could maybe help repopulate the world. Deanna goes to the old prison herself for medical assessments and to bring them supplies. She takes a huge risk doing this, after all these are inmates and even worse, inmates who have not seen a woman in many years and who are the most violent of inmates. She has to put her trust in Tom, the inmate who seems to have the "best" background of them all and is most willing to try and help and keep her safe. Will the inmates really be unaffected like they claim or will she have risked her life and made an extremely long trip for nothing? Will she survive the stay in the prison with all these male, dangerous inmates to even find out if they are affected or not? And what if they are unaffected, who can partner with them that is female and unaffected herself? Is this one big bust of an idea and trip and money? Deanna is willing to risk it all to find out.
I must say that at first I was a bit lost and confused in the book, but after the first chapter or so it all came together and I could jump in with both feet. This book has a very good and different plot line than others I have read or seen. It also has great characters, my favorite being Deanna and Tom. I thought it really seemed to move right along and I was happy and anxious to come back to it if I had to stop reading. I couldn't wait to see what happened next to Deanna as she dove into this mission. There are some twists and turns too, that really make the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes science, mystery, or just a great read. It was such a unique plot and book that it was made all the better! This is a truly talented author and I would read more of her books anytime.
Overall I think the author came up with a very unique story line about a post apocalyptic world where a virus infected millions, altering their DNA and ultimately killing out most of the Earth's population. One lone scientific team headed by Dr. Deanna Nichols is in charge of creating a cure and saving the world.
There really was a lot going on in such a short amount of time. This novella is just around 100 pages so it is a quick interesting read full of twists and turns. And while I really did enjoy the premises I never felt any connection to the main characters and the world building fell a little flat for my taste. I wanted to know more about the virus and how the countries currently were dealing with the devastation from the ongoing wars and destruction left behind.
While there is a lot of talk about scientific matter we still don't quite get the bigger picture and I was left a little confused at times.
I think with a little more work and world building this could truly stand out and shine.
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I loved the writing. Ioana Visan has impeccable writing. Her words draw you in.Read more
Everybody loves a good apocalypse and I'm no exception!
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