- File Size: 991 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Altrove Books; 1 edition (February 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079P1YFYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Poison People Kindle Edition
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I received a free ARC via Hidden Gems and bought free copy on Kindle. I am voluntarily reviewing.
I liked the book📑, but all the British style word usage made it hard for me to follow the conversation and meanings at times.
The book also jumps back and forth in time from Matthew's childhood to his adulthood, without identifying the time period. The author expects the reader to automatically pick up on the changes, apparently.
Vereesh, or Matthew🐺, is the son of hippies, coming from a commune type place in Sunderland. He is going into London to go to college, but he is sick along the way with a terrible cough and fever.
He is staying at a place like a youth hostel, a dormitory. He has his own small room, but there are students there from all over.
Matthew🐺 starts feeling better, but everyone around him starts getting sick. His sister back in Sunderland gets sick and is hospitalized. A student in his dorm that he spends time with gets horribly sick and is hauled off to The hospital with boils all over his body.
Matthew🐺 leaves the dorm, throws his phone away and generally freaks out over the weird, surreal changes going on within him. His sense of smell accelerates to where he can't stand to be around people and he can smell the cancer eating up a man he sees on the bus, and the dead mouse under the seat. He feels like he has become an animal.
Finally he realizes he is making the people around him sick😵!
What is going on?
This is a brilliantly written book, but definitely not mainstream sci-fi. A lot of readers won't like it. I do.
ARC Received from HG for a Voluntary and Honest Review.
I also got the book through KU.
I want to say I liked it, but I didn't like all of it. The summary sounded promising and interesting but the story itself failed to keep me interested. I started out confusing, but I understood why. As he went in and out of consciousness, ended up in strange places after losing time, it was meant to be just as confusing to the reader as it was to the character. But it made me have to reread a paragraph or 2 to get my bearings which pulled me out of the immersion.
Another issue I had with it was the jumping around between other stories of characters. The narrator of the overall story seemed to be Vareesh, so when the story changed to reflect on the life history of side characters, as though the narrator had been there and in their head and knew their thoughts, it didn't feel right to me. Many of the details seemed unimportant to the overall plot. I think their stories could have been summarized instead of recalled in detail. When it got back to Vareesh and the current events, my interest would come back. But once it switched to another side character, I'd find myself bored and the reading felt painfully slow. I made it through 75% of the book before I finally decided to hop ahead and start skimming event details to know how it ended cause I couldn't bear to continue reading word for word any longer.
The summary sounded great and promising. The story fell flat for me. It didn't feel like science fiction or horror all that much. He was just a carrier of a virus that had deadly consequences. It didn't feel like the world would be doomed, it felt like an isolated threat. If there would have been more details about when he'd see the news, if things got more widespread and close to home, then maybe it'd have been more interesting. I felt like the genre labeling should have been different. Like fiction, thriller, mystery Maybe?
I also wasn't fond of the detailed sex scenes. I can see that having sex was some of the problem when he spread it, but the details of the deed didn't feel necessary. If felt like a bad attempt at throwing in some smut.
The only other difficult part was that I wasn't expecting so much of the Indian culture being interwoven into the story. Some terms and concepts were hard to follow and I'd have to look up words.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? No. I feel they be just as bored as I became with it. I think it needs a lot of changing before I would recommend it to anyone.
Matt has his whole life ahead of him when he arrives at University and then people start dying around him, but he is just fine. He runs when quarantines begin and connects with others who seem immune to the disease.
I really wanted to like this book and would have if it had stuck to one plotline. The jumps from one part of the story to another happened way too often and were very confusing. Also, this was listed as horror and while a disease that takes out many is scary, it does not make a horror novel.
If you are looking for a thriller with quite a bit of sex in the story, then this is the book for you; unfortunately, it is not a book for me.
I received a free ARC copy for my honest review.
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