I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Flu by Jacqueline Druga
Series: The Flu
on September 4th 2012
Narrator: Dave Courvoisier
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you’ll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you’ll feel better in the morning.
Not this time.
In 1918 forty million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns.
In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they are ‘flu-free’ In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.
“While you’re off trotting around being Robin the Boy Wonder…”
“Why can’t I be Batman?”
While this is an apocalyptic book with quite a scary cover this was not quite as scary as I anticipated. Actually, quite the opposite. I found myself laughing throughout a lot of it.
This is very much like a Walking Dead scenario. The characters have to deal with this end of the world scenario and try to hold onto their humanity while continuing to love and live. That’s pretty tough when people are trying to kill you and even worse when there’s a flu out there that no one can see, and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it.
The storyline was laid out beautifully. The scene set in a small town that was devoid of the flu. The major plot is them trying to survive just three weeks until the flu should finally die out.
I absolutely love the characters. They made the story from page one for me. Mick is always freaking hilarious. I mean there isn’t probably one chapter that went by that made me NOT laugh my ass off. And then there’s his girl (or what he hopes to be his girl) Dillon and her kids. These main characters set the stage for not an apocalyptic book, but really for a sort of romance! Took me off guard a bit since I was expecting death and mayhem, but it was just so much fun!
Every minute I wasn’t laughing, I was crying… I felt like saying there is no crying in horror but this really isn’t a horror damn it!
No… no! Not at all… damn this book!
As an audiobook I think I got even more into this than I may have if I were reading a physical book. The interaction between the characters was just amazing. Plus being able to hear the sarcasm in the character’s voices was just awesome. I may have otherwise thought that Dillon and Mick were actually upset with each other. Especially since their relationship is interesting.
If you enjoy apocalyptic stories with more about the characters than the disaster, this is definitely for you! Fabulous listen! Already downloading book 2, The healing!
Author Jacqueline Druga, brings to you the world’s end in every way imaginable through the pages of her novels.
While best known for her apocalyptic works, Jacqueline’s works expand many genres, including: Humor, YA, Romance, Sci-fi and Thriller.
A mother and grandmother, Jacqueline absorbs and loves ever single moment that she is writing and invites you to share in her world.