*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Author: Erin Bowman
Publication Date: July 2, 2019 (TODAY!)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk. Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.
Disclaimer: Spoilies below! If you haven’t read Contagion, I highly recommend that you don’t read any further.
This second book in the Contagion duology definitely caught my attention. If you remember, I wasn’t a huge fan of book on, Contagion, however I enjoyed book two so much more. I can’t write too much because I don’t want to give away tidbits from book one for those who haven’t read it yet. Book two takes an idea of an isolated deadly virus and exposes it to the universe. What was a singular planetary issue in the beginning has further developed into an issue that threatens the safety of the more populous areas of the galaxy. Thea, Coen, and Nova’s story line continues to develop and we see their bonds of friendship strengthen further now that the key to the galaxy’s safety lies in their hands.
This story brings with it a developed storyline for both Thea and Coen, as well as for Nova. We get to know each of the characters much more in depth and to understand their inner motivations and desires. This book puts the brakes on a bit from the hectic pace of the first novel, delving a little deeper into the characters’ psyches, allowing the readers to connect more with the story. These characters continue to grow (which you all know I LOVE) as individuals and as a team, working together to find a solution, even if it means they face intense and life-threatening sacrifices.
Overall, this series really did end up impressing me. Bowman’s writing is engaging and helps make for a quick read. It’s got elements of horror and thriller while still connecting on a human level. I ripped through book two and I’d say if you’re looking for a series for the summer, give this one a try.