Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for Today: Viral Plagues! Never a good thing!
What starts as an emergence of a new virus quickly turns into Mother Nature’s ultimate population control.
While attending a seminar at the Ambassador Hotel, Ava Mason is unknowingly exposed to a carrier of a highly contagious virus. The next morning, she wakes to a steady pounding on her door. Within minutes, her home is stormed and she and her three children are apprehended, placed in a van and taken away.
They are told nothing. No one is. Ava, her children, and others are brought to the Ambassador and sealed in. It is one of many locations quarantined in an attempt to contain the virus . The outbreak rapidly spirals out of control and the world is thrown into chaos and economic collapse.
What was once their prison becomes their safe haven from a world besieged with violence, illness and a world that desperately stops at nothing to end the virus.
While quarantined, Ava and the others form a bond and they watch as not only the world, but those around them fall victim to the virus.
To Ava, what happens outside the hotel is minuscule compared to what happens inside. Everything she loves and cares about is in the Ambassador. She wants only to protect her children. But can she against such an invincible foe such as the virus that pushed the world to the brink of extinction.
Firstly, I’ve read Jacqueline Druga before so I knew what I was getting myself into with this one. She is a master of weaving tales of all the different people that are affected by a virus and their responding attitudes, crimes, or praying!
This was no different. I loved The Flu, however, in this book we really get to delve into people’s lives. I liked being able to follow someone as they are faced with the plague and/or their loved ones dying. I think it lends itself to the reader being able to really get invested in the characters much more than when they are killed off suddenly or when they just fall out of the plot.
I also love that she isn’t afraid to start a plague at the beginning. She lets us follow the virus as it goes across the world. This particular story is mostly in America but she allows her readers to view what is going on in the rest of the world as well.
I really enjoyed the characters. I was also surprised that there was only one narrator. Andrew Wehrlen does such a good job that I thought there were at least two, if not three narrators. I easily could tell the characters apart and never had a difficult time keeping up with him. He also has a great way of really inflecting the drama into a scene that allows for the reader to feel like they are in the situation. Scary to say the least.
The storyline was intense and made for a fantastic story. The ideas that Jacqueline Druga comes up with are so upsetting because I do not think she is far off from reality. It makes for an intense plot. She keeps the pacing and the characters do not shy away from danger. Sometimes stupidly, sometimes heroically.
There are so many subtle events that missing them could create some questions. My favorite was the bit of a twist with the virus. She does this so well that she winds up adding in drama and tension seamlessly. She was also able to create drama by making the base for the virus an hotel. The hotel seems to add even more tension but as the story progresses it seems that there isn’t a safe place anywhere!
I loved how this ended and cannot wait to read more of her work.
Full audio review at: Audiobook Reviewer.com
Horror Meter: 3.5/5
Shock Factor: 3/5
Total Scare: 4/5