After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.
When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.
“HELP IS LIGHT YEARS AWAY “
Contagion is a Sci-Fi book, that begins with the main character, Athea Sadik, who is an intern at Hevetz, under Doctor Lisbeth Tarlow. There is an alarm set off, signalling bad weather which results in Thea having to pack up, during this period we learn that Thea is an orphan. Dylan Lowe is introduced as the forewoman and Nova Singh as a temp. We soon see a small group of the crew board the Odyssey, to inspect the Black Quarry base. It is made clear that none of them have any prior knowledge of the base or what they will be doing there.
Contagion got off on a slightly bumpy note, as I was slightly overwhelmed with the locations and terms used, but eventually I grew accustomed to them. This is the first book in the duology- it is followed by ‘Immunity’. Thea Sadik is one of the better characters in this book, she is intelligent and logical. I rarely read books of this genre, but Contagion caught my attention, and I relished every second of it. The tension helped set the perfect mood and atmosphere and at no chapter did I feel there was a lack of action.
I was particularly interested in the sole survivor of the Black Quarry crew, Amos Lashley or Coen. He was the most mysterious character and kept me guessing till the end, of his true nature and motives. Most of the characters were unclear as to their physical appearance, but we do get a deep view on their opinions and thoughts, with reasoning for most of their actions. (Even the dumber ideas).
All the relationships developed in the book, amazingly, was perfectly paced and nothing was rushed; they built their trust upon one another, slowly. This made a lot of sense to me instead of instant friendship and faith, in the given situation. I loved the strong female leads that dominated the book too.
I was very intrigued by the world-building and political aspects (of the Cradle and Trios) that were properly explained. I also appreciate the fact this knowledge did come in handy and wasn’t just a bunch of random irrelevant information. Contagion did leave me up at night, after it had ended, for hours pondering on the events that had taken place. I would say it was scary to the right amount- not overdoing or under doing it at any point.
The only thing that confused me for at least half the book was the switch in POVs. At time I found the change sudden, and it left me bewildered. I guess this was because the characters were still new to me, because later I did begin to value the different POVs which provided me with a wider insight, and it helped ad to the suspense overall. I also detested Dylan’s character, her character’s role started of arrogant and egoistic, attributes that landed the small crew in their frightening predicament.
I found it annoying how even once thing began to slip downhill, she was adamant and kept her arrogance, leading to the death of her crew. We do notice changes in her, once the horror kicks in, revealing her scared and vulnerable side. However, I would say the strongest character would be Thea, she developed the most from a shy, quiet intern to a survivor, followed by Nova.
I could not put down put down Contagion. The plot was wonderful but mixed with the characters and setting itself; it became addicting honestly. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel (which I have high expectations for) soon. I am not an avid reader of Sci-fi, but this book has certainly opened my eyes to the possibilities of that genre. (I think it’s safe to say, that this book has raised my expectation for other zombie books, as ‘zombies in space’ feels as good as it can get.)
Recommended: YA, Sci-Fi
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