Book Review: Isolation by Denise R. Stephenson

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Book Review: Isolation by Denise R. StephensonIsolation by Denise R. Stephenson
Published by Mill City Press on April 1st 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Horror
Pages: 396
Source: Viritual Author Book Tours
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"Isolation" depicts a bleak but recognizable future in which the fear of contagion reaches a fever pitch as a bacterial epidemic catapults the US into an apocalyptic crisis. Touch is outlawed. Mothers like Maggie bind their infants' hands, terrified they might slip fingers into mouths. Gary, a Sterilizer, uses robots to scour the infected, avoiding all contact with human flesh. Trevor, the Chief Enforcer, watches, eager to report any and all infractions. One inadvertent touch will change all of their lives.


My Thoughts

I was really looking forward to this book and to my delight it met my expectations and even exceeded them!

Firstly, this is a really intriguing but horrific story. I could actually see a future like this happening and that is what makes it so frightening. That and like a really good horror you don’t totally know who the culprit is! The characters in the book realize that the problem is bacteria but from what? The fever pitch that hits the entire world is ridiculously amazing and so scary. The setting winds up being a dystopian where neighbor or friends tell on each other because in the end nobody wants to die and that’s what makes this book so crazy; it all stems from fear.

I felt a little disjointed in some of it. The only real way to tell time is knowing that Pele has grown from an infant and is now a 10 year old. If there wasn’t that frame of reference I am not sure I would have known exactly how much time had gone by. There are so many stories in the beginning that I was curious how everything was going to come together but I think Denise r. Stephenson does that to show the impact. Most of the characters you will read about will die, there is no getting around that, but unlike in some books where I just wanted to slam the book shut, I was more involved because of this occurrence and even more intrigued, morbidly!

As the circles start to close I started getting a feeling of the true main characters and their place in this overall storyline and the emerging plots and that’s when it gets really scary. I found myself worried so much for them that my heart would just palpitate! And then there were other characters who just sort of fell off the face of the earth that I wanted to hear more about but I am guessing they went the way of so many others.

In some parts of this I just wanted to cry. The bans were so crazy but truly I really think that Denise was able to hit on our fear factor and explain exactly what could happen if our society were to run into a break out like this and sadly it just wasn’t one contagion, it was a myriad of things that people were dying from. It made that fear all the more scary and all the more acceptable because to be without fear is to be dead! Over and over again there were things put into place that I immediately recognized as acceptable because of the amount of fear these people had. It was truly amazing and truly horrific and I want a book two!

396 pages was a lot for one book but by the end (and throughout really) I just wanted more. Phenomenal writing, exceptional characters, and brilliant suspense. Did I say I wanted a book two because I really do!


The Author

Denise R. Stephenson resides in Oceanside, CA, but she has lived in all the remote locales of her first novel, Isolation. Staying inside of boxes, forms, and genres has never been her strength. She’s published over 20 academic articles and book chapters, many of which stray from traditional conventions. As a member of Attention Deficit Drama, she has written and produced monologs and short plays. She hopes to one day see on stage, Hibakusha, her most recent play about nuclear disasters. Stephenson is a book artist as well as a writer and has shown her letterpress book “What She Said” in several national shows.

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10 Responses to “Book Review: Isolation by Denise R. Stephenson”

    • Christina

      As you should! It is AWESOME! And scary! And political. All I could think was totally dystopian! Love it!

  1. Denise Stephenson

    I want to thank Creating Serenity for this fabulous review and the great social media work done to share it. It’s always frightening for an author to put her work out there for reviews, but hearing what readers appreciate makes it all worthwhile, especially when they want more. This makes my day!

    • Christina

      My pleasure! Truly! I loved every word. All I could think of was a Venn Diagram and those circles getting tighter and tighter as people got stuck in their houses. Wow… what a world to live in. Great imagination Denise!

  2. Teddy

    Thanks for taking part in the tour. I am glad you enjoyed ‘Isolation” so much!

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