Review: Carriers: A Novel

Carriers: A Novel
Carriers: A Novel by Patrick Lynch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really good read. The book was a little slow-ish to start. Slow-ish because the urgency that you would expect once a sort of plague begins to show itself -that there would be more panic and that stuff would begin to happen quickly- seemed to wait until much later in the book to begin. I think that since this took a scientific approach, and they were really concerned with each site and what happened, that it just maybe moved in slow motion for me at first. It was not by any means boring though, and after a time the story began to pickup pace as expected.

I really got attached to the two main female characters Carmen and Holly. I found myself being irritated with their choices even though there was no way that they could have known they were in a story about a plague… because I kept seeing their demise in my imagination, based on their decision making, it made me want to kick them in the pants here or there. For instance when Carmen first decided to help out in Indonesia. And when Holly made a break for the woods, (view spoiler)

I found myself by the end amused with the author’s decision to leave one story aspect unresolved. (view spoiler) But he never did! Or, if he did I totally missed it…

I was also really amused by the sort of Morale of the Story concerning today’s political climate and iffy scientific advancements. (view spoiler).

Then you add the scientific element. (view spoiler).

All in all, this was a really good read. It is the first book I have finished which has a pandemic story line. I am not sure if I should expect this genre to follow this pattern or not. But I would say this was a good one.

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