“We live in an age of wonders. Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more. Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back. How wrong we could be. It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that s happened. She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing. We live in an age of monsters.”
Oh MY GOSH! That cover! This would be a total cover buy for me. I wouldn’t even read the synopsis. Truly. I’d pick this one up, drop it in the basket, and be on my merry way. This is an …a… I don’t even know what to say. Is there a better word for amazing? It’s a short, but extremely powerful and thought-provoking book. I can’t even begin to explain the complexities of this novel (novella maybe- it is short- only about 130 pages.) But it packs a punch! Right in your gut and in your sense of what you think you’d do in a similar, and may I say, plausible situation.
You have to know that I have been a registered nurse for nearly 10 years, and this story’s plot is within a medical setting. Naturally, I am watching for mistakes. There aren’t any, as far as I could tell. The author did a wonderful job of ensuring that. She is an extremely talented writer with nearly flawless word building skills. She writes in such an evocative way it leaves you stunned.
The basis of the story was exceptional and fascinating. This is an inimitable but convincing tale that draws upon our fears and makes you wonder just how far you’d go to ‘do the right thing.” Just so brilliant. From beginning to end, this book was unwaveringly intense. The ending will catch you so off guard. What a shocker! I read this book in a matter of a few hours and was enthralled the entire time.
The characters were so real. Grant has written them so thoroughly. Their humanity and the array of situations and emotions they go through are just magnificent. I can’t speak highly enough about this character development. These characters feel authentic, like people you could know in reality.
This was a short and splendid read. It is provocative, but easy to read. I highly recommend this to all sci-fi/ medical mystery lovers. 5/5 stars.
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