I was excited about this book, the whole premise intrigued me and reminded me of a mash up of I Am Legend, Battlestar Galatica (whole creating the thing that destroys you) & I, Robot and a few other pieces from similar movies. I brought it out to camp with me, hoping and assuming that I’d have oodles of time to read – this was not the case. I barely did any reading and I kept getting pulled from the book and everything was reading as choppy due to that. However, taking away from my lack of time to read I did love this book and would recommend it.
The characters were well established and I appreciated that Wells didn’t give us a step by step to the world he was creating. In a way we were tossed into this ‘verse that he was weaving, at the same time he gave enough information that we weren’t lost and confused, going to Google for answers. He didn’t assume the readers were dumb and that we could indeed piece the puzzle together. The concept of airborne viruses and the human race being extinct and fighting off a species we created was brilliant. He meshed it all together perfectly and I become invested in how humans managed to get themselves in this pickle, and by the end of the book you have some questions that have been answered and others that you just can’t wait to find out. He sets it up for a sequel, which I am itching to get my hands on.
Along with the excellent plot, the books brings up some really thought provoking concepts. If our world was rapidly dying and our offspring were unable to survive do you create laws to increase the amount of newborns in hopes of finding the key for survival? Is it okay to make it a law and demand that girls of a certain age become pregnant and continue to become pregnant? Talk about the whole freedom of choice coming into play. And personally, I love when a book can put issues like this in it and it doesn’t take away from the writing or the ‘verse.
If you are looking for a book that you can really get into and that leaves you thinking you should pick this one up.
4 out of 5 Stars