- File Size: 1626 KB
- Print Length: 411 pages
- Publisher: LSS Ltd (May 28, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 28, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B46XSFR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Samantha feels guilty about the accident and ever since his surgery, Edward has been acting like a changed man doting over Samantha. Their passion is reignited, but little by little Samantha notices signs that Edward is not acting right. He is increasingly moody and has a violent streak which scares her. One such violent episode causes Samantha to flee Edward and land into the arms of Dr Elliott Harvey.
Together, Samantha and Elliott race against time to figure out why a virus in the pink fog is integrating itself into the male DNA. They are not alone though, there are others who will do everything in their power to silence both Samantha and Elliot or anyone else who gets in their way.
Still Life by Isobel Hart really surprised me. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to unfold and what direction the author would take with the story. The first few chapters really set the stage and introduced us to a virus, that according to health officials, was not dangerous. We all know how that goes, right? So, now my mind is swirling with all of these possibilities, scenarios, and reasonings behind the virus and what it was capable of. Is it Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The Walking Dead? Aliens? A cult? What is going on!? There were just too many to choose from that I was starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist. Which kind of made me giggle a bit. I am happy to say that Isobel Hart took elements of different possibilities and wrapped them all up into one neat little package. Phew! I was going crazy there for a while trying to figure it all out. I do have to say though, Isobel Hart really shows how quickly a virus can spread to the population which lent an air of realism to it even though the story is purely Science Fiction.
Samantha is a character I had a love/hate relationship with especially when it came to her cheating boyfriend, Edward. I know she felt guilty about the accident, but come on he still cheated! Girl, move on! She just came out as so wishy washy to me in the beginning. Yeah, yeah love is blind and all that, but cheating is a swift kick out the door for me. I also think Samantha and Elliot would have made better friends then trying to get involved romantically or maybe it was just the fact that I don’t think it was explored deeply enough for me/felt kind of rushed. I did really like Elliott though. He was a stand up guy and really cared for Samantha. Also, Samantha does really redeem herself as the story progresses.
The plot has a really slow build up which kept me flipping through the pages while trying to figure everything out that was going on. There was so many elements to the story that I felt gave it some originality and kept me totally engrossed. The romance aspect between Samantha and Elliot sort of lagged for me a bit, but then it picked right back up even stronger around two-thirds into the story. There are just so many things that worked for me in this story and I found myself really enjoying it. I was trying to figure out how the title would be used in the body of the story and when I noticed it, it totally made sense and really had me thinking.
Still Life is purely Science Fiction that is cleverly crafted with elements of the “what if…..” The author really hits a lot of points with a slightly dystopian feel that makes you ponder the possibilities of a changed society. Although the story does hang on a bit of a cliffhanger, you will be happy to know that the story will continue in the next book, Still Born, and I can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on it!
Still Life’s opening chapters set up an interesting premise with great character work and writing. The reader is introduced to Samantha, an energetic woman faced with a tragedy that changes her life. Her desperate search for answers while trying to solve the mystery as to the changes of her boyfriend’s personality is riveting and full of intrigue. Unfortunately, once the mystery is solved (and it’s solved rather quickly and from out of nowhere) the novel devolves into an attempt at creating something thought provoking. Instead, Still Life is a poorly written romance novel with science fiction elements that tries to be something thought provoking, but is, ultimately, a failure.
The most interesting aspect of his novel is glossed over with little to no time spent exploring the science. Still Life has the opportunity to be an interesting science fiction novel had Hart decided to focus less on the romance. The little science that is present within the novel is unbelievable in its presentation. Science in novels does not have to be 100% accurate, however the author has to be convincing in their writing. Hart is unable to accomplish this style of writing, so instead she relies on the romantic elements of the story to move the plot forward. Unfortunately, the direct the novel goes is incomplete and just plain weird.
The last portion of the novel devolves further into a drama filled romance while trying to tackle the pro-life versus pro-choice debate. Hart tries to accomplish this through introducing a plot similar to The Handmaid’s Tale where procreation is the ultimate goal and fulfilled by any means necessary. Samantha becomes a very passive character to the horrific events unfolding around her and even mercilessly judges the other women present. Samantha is an annoying and hypocritical character that I couldn’t stand reading.
Overall, Still Life was not what I expected it to be in the worst ways possible. The novel is so promising in the beginning that it’s even more of a let down once it concludes.
It took me a bit to actually get into the book. It was slow at times. Once it started to fall into place, is when I couldn't put the book down.
Samantha and her boyfriend Edward were returning from a friends wedding. The air had some fog to it. Edward and Sam had gotten into an argument because it seemed Edward couldn't keep his man parts in his pants. One thing led to another and there was an accident.
After awhile both Edward and Sam went home, but things seemed different. Edward wasn't the Edward, Sam once knew. He was different, more caring, but he did fly off the handle at times.
Sam had met Elliot who was Edwards doctor in the ER. They became friends and even Elliot noticed that Edward was different.
The fog seemed to have changed men and those men had to have died. Then you find out that these men, they aren't the men you loved once, or you married. Nope, they are actually an alien and they want you to have their babies. Get the heck out of here!! Samantha who couldn't believe what she was listening to and finding out about Edward, was indeed pregnant.
Lots of twits and turns, and woman who actually loved having men fawn over them. That is the thing though, these woman were just a piece of meat really, being used.
Once Samantha and her girlfriends realized somethings they had to get away. Only thing is they were held as prisoners. Like I said so many twits and is that really happening moments.
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