Sunday 21 February 2010

CONTAGIOUS by Scott Sigler

When the seeds landed on Chelsea Jewell, they made her seven-year-old body and mind the incubator for the worst plague ever to attack the planet. Mankind's best hope of defence is Perry Dawsey: host-turned-hunter, bloodthirsty psychotic, and - with his strange new ability - a key member of the black-ops team leading a deadly battle against the mysterious disease that is spreading across America. Now Dawsey and the rest of the black-ops team are in a desperate race to find and destroy Chelsea and her 'family' - before it's too late.

This is the sequel to Scott Sigler's Infected, which I reviewed just a few days ago. After reading one after the other, I need to sit down and take a deep breath... because I'm tired.

Perry--the guy who was driven to near madness by the seedling infection in the first book--is back. He's recovering, but far from cured. He's haunted by what happened to him, and the horrid things he did. And he can still hear the whispers of the parasites. That makes him angry and determined to kill every single one of them, but Dew and Margaret (yes, they're back too) try to keep him focused. They want to find and study whatever this alien source is.

Of course, that's not the only thing going on. The infection is spreading, more and more people are getting affected and the government realises how serious it's become. All the while, the reader's getting closer to the source of the infection and the plan, which leads to a climax that is sure to satisfy.

Contagious is as action-packed and fast-paced as the first book. If you like your horror with a splash of science and a good dose of thriller, then this book's definitely for you.

Although things come to a head at the end, is this really the end? I doubt it.

Contagious, January 2010, ISBN 978-034-096359-3, Hodder Paperbacks Paperback (A)

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