“No one ever thinks they’re the bad guy. We all kid ourselves that we’re the hero of the story. And we’re usually wrong.”
Is it too early to be reading virus-related dystopian fiction?
I say no, especially if it’s this good!
I absolutely loved this story! I’m not going to summarize because I think it’s better to go in blind and I’m not sure the official blurb is even the right hook for this one. I’d say it’s Station Eleven meets No Exit. It’s action packed, post-apocalyptic and the arrangement of the story is clever. There wasn’t a moment I wasn’t entertained, in fact I hated putting it down. There are multiple locked room mysteries that flip back and forth, in what starts off really jarring but it’s worth sticking with it. There are multiple reveals along the way that pulls everything together in a masterful way. I liked how the details of the virus and how the world got so disrupted are slowly detailed as the action presses forward.
I definitely found myself more invested in one timeline more than the others but then I found that switching as the story went on. The chapters are short and switch quickly and every time I was frustrated to leave the story I was in and equally excited to get back to the story I’d previously left.
This is definitely a departure for CJ Tudor but I loved this more than her others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Ballantine Books for gifted access via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.
This one is out tomorrow. Any books publishing this week that you’re interested in?