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Plague Zone (Plague Year) Mass Market Paperback – November 24, 2009
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"Gripping. An epic struggle among desperate nations equipped with nano weapons."
-Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winning author of The Hercules Text
"A high-octane thriller at the core: slick, sharp, and utterly compelling."
-Steven Savile, international bestselling author of Crucible
"I can't wait for the movie."
-Sacramento News & Review
"This installment opens with a jolt. If you love dark SF, you can't go wrong with Carlson's great Plague Year trilogy. "
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Plague Year presents us with an interesting twist on the apocalypse. Carlson finds that touchstone that is common to all apocalypse survival stories: how even facing the end of the world (as we know it) humans still find ways to be @#(*$^ to one another. The science and geopolitical research that went into this book keep it realistic but don’t bog it down. The story races along intelligently which is a treat, especially to those of us who devour sci-fi in all its forms. It’s nice to read something that doesn't mire you in scientific sludge yet recognizes the reader is intelligent and appreciates well-researched action.
Despite the dark beginning, Carlson does a pretty good job of portraying the two main characters, Cam, a ski instructor in California, and Ruth, a scientist on the International Space Station. The first half of the story talks about each of them in turn as they struggle with various aspects of the plague. But it's when they finally come together, via a man Cam finds who claims to have been involved in the development of the nanobots, that the story really takes off. At the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish it. At the end of the book, I wasn't sure if I wanted it to stop.
Plague Year is the first story in a three-part series. I have several other books I plan on reading in the next few months. But I am seriously considering coming back for more to find out what happens.
At a certain point, with very few stable people left standing in the US, and those ones exhausted, the book gets a bit awkward as the characters begin to face the big questions of life and start to revert to more primitive thinking. It’s tough territory to navigate (for the author, I mean; it’s obviously tough for the characters) and I’m not sure Carlson nails it. Maybe he wrote the whole thing in real time, so his thinking would be as scrambled as the characters’. ;-)
In addition, the main ‘villain’ in this one, well, believe me – you won’t see it coming. And you’ll probably wish that Carlson could have chosen another group. What an odd choice. It’s hard to say much without massive spoilers, but you may possibly be offended. On the other hand, maybe Carlson is just saying look – it can be anybody. Anybody! There are plenty of villains throughout the series – why not this group? (In fact, he does kind of say that in the end notes.) That’s fine, I suppose, but the thing is, I’m not sure he really portrayed the group (or the group’s motivations or strategy) very convincingly.
The final hundred pages are tense beyond belief – I read by peeking between two fingers, like it was a horror film. The final two or three pages are weak, however. We deserved a better dénouement than that.
But just an exhausting read, really. The action lasts less than 24 hours and it’s relentless. Quite a feat.
Don’t bother reading the book unless you’ve read the previous two books. You’ll be lost. Carlson makes only brief explanations here and there to twig the memory or establish a nuance, He doesn’t waste any time giving back story to help those who have come in late cuzthere’snotimeforthat – c’mon! Go! Go! GO!