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- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publication Date: November 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077BCSHMB
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories (Project Renova Book 4) Kindle Edition
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There are nine shorts in Patient Zero. My favorite stories were Jared: The Spare Vial, Flora: Princess Snowflake, and Aaron: #NewWorldProblems. My least favorite was Meg: The Prison Guard’s Wife. Oddly, I have mixed feelings over the one that involved Patient Zero. While it made me want to pick up Tipping Point and find out how he got the virus, I didn’t particularly care for him or the other character.
While I didn’t care for some of the stories included in Patient Zero, it was never because of the writing itself. The author’s writing remains consistently strong in each story. She writes about the people you’d know at the end of the world. We all know someone who fulfills the various character roles in these stories. And, I think that’s where her strength lies. The virus sounds horrible, is horrible, but Patient Zero isn’t about the virus. It’s about your family, friends, and neighbors.
Patient Zero was an interesting read, and goes on ‘the shelf’ as one of the few collections of short stories that I can truly say I liked as a whole. I don’t mind individual short stories, but I rarely even go in for collections. Experience has proven that there’s almost always stinkers paired with greats, to the point that my overall feeling is generally a resounding ‘meh’. Not the case with Patient Zero.
Overall, Patient Zero is worth picking up, and you can read it without having read any of the Project Renova series. It comes in at about 120 pages, and you could easily spread them out as lunch reads. Or, do as I did and sit down and read it all in one go.
Disclaimer: Though I purchased this book of my own choice, and the author did NOT ask me to review it, I am on Rosie's Book Review Team with the author. This does not influence my review of the book.
The author gives us a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people faced with ‘the end of the world as they know it’. This book is comprised of nine stand-alone stories set against a deadly viral outbreak. Each character is so different (personality, background, lifestyle), it was fascinating to see how he or she handled being in the midst of an apocalypse.
Most stories ended with a definitive closing yet left readers to ponder the fate of the character: Did he change his mind? Did she leave? Did he/she somehow survive? I found myself thinking about these stories days after I’d finished the collection.
There are a few characters I disliked, others I liked, still others I felt indifferent about. Likable or not, every one of them was believable.
Realistic scenarios, good dialogue and settings. Well-written, character-driven stories (with a bit of dark humor). Highly recommended.
The so called ‘Bat Fever,’ a fatal virus, is ravaging the country despite a vaccination program being put into operation. A small number of people seem to have a natural immunity but many, many more are dying before, and sometimes after, vaccination.
Jared’s Uncle Owen works for the pharmaceutical company who have produced the vaccine. He’s given Jared two doses, one for himself, another for someone of his own choosing. But will he give it to his girlfriend, who Jared suspects of infidelity?
There are nine stories in all and each character is fleshed out and given a back story, whether the story is on the longer or shorter side. Some people find themselves adrift, just moving from place to place to find food and shelter. Others trust the government propaganda and stay put, at home or wherever they find a place, waiting for everything to get back to normal. But there is no normal anymore. It’s everyone for themselves.
Jeff, the prepper, is the exception. He commissioned and had built a post apocalyptic survival bunker on a piece of land in the middle of nowhere, kitted it out and filled it with everything he might need for a protracted stay. But after all his planning, having the shelter doesn’t turn out quite the way he had expected.
Immunity doesn’t necessarily guarantee safety, as one of the characters finds to his cost. Having a bag full of money means nothing now, there’s nowhere to spend it. And who would have thought one of the characters had such a story to tell.
Some stories are told in the first person, some in the third but each one gives a real sense of that particular character’s personality and the place they’re at. It’s something Terry Tyler excels at, and every story is consistent in that regard. This is an excellent collection. I read it straight through and enjoyed every story. No-one’s destiny is really under their own control, it’s all down to luck, chance, the throw of the dice…..and who you open your door to. The stories show, very realistically I think, how reactions and ways of coping differ from person to person.
I chose to read and review Patient Zero based on an advanced digital copy of the book supplied by the author.