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Infected: The Shiners (Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I also loved the way the author wove a strong faith and trust in God throughout the story. No matter how bad things get for Alex and her family and friends, they have an unshakeable belief in the goodness and love of God to help them through. This is done in a very beautiful and thought-provoking way, without being overbearing or offensive to those who might not have the same beliefs. But as a Christian myself, I was very pleased with this aspect of the book. So much of apocolyptic fiction today leaves you with a feeling of helplessness and doom, but "Bloodline" shines bright with hope. Even if you have to go through some very dark and scary places to get there.
I think the overall plot is great - an unknown alien virus causes sinister changes to the earthly population. Some of the genetics stuff about who was immune confused me a little. But I love the way it links in with a hidden history of Egyptian pyramids. I've never heard of the crystal skull conspiracy before so I wasn't sure if that was based on a real life thing or not. However, the elements of the supernatural didn't gel well for me - the mysterious whispers and dreams that came from Dad were not properly explained in this novel. Although as it's a trilogy, I guess that could be saved for later.
I applaud the author for not going down the romance trope of the only boy and girl left to save the world getting it together. The friendly relationship between the MCs left room for more but it wasn't a foregone conclusion. And the addition of the kid brother was a nice touch.
However, the pace was a bit fast for my liking. I prefer my dystopians to take their time and explore the world, with the implications of current events and past history in more detail. And a little more character development. In style, it was more like a thriller or suspense.
Anyway, an enjoyable read with a reasonably fresh take on dystopia.
(This review may contain spoilers).
When I read the blurb of this book, I felt immediately drawn to the storyline described. I liked Alex's character and I found her really easy to understand and empathise with.
I thought it was really cool to see the descriptions of the meteor shower, even though it brought the virus. I found it easy to see how difficult things were for Alex and how she and her brother were affected by not only their mother getting sick, but everyone around them.
I really enjoyed seeing Alex's relationship with Jacob and I liked that he remained a priority to her. I did think that there wasn't enough foreshadowing in this book, though. There was too much in the way of things suddenly being revealed from the past, rather than earlier in the book. It was very much a case of, 'Oh. That was a bit convenient'.
I liked being able to see some of the characters before the virus took hold, since it was good to see the contrast in their personalities before and after. I would have liked a bit more information about how Baxter seemed able to sense something was wrong... whether it was something unique to dogs, or if all animals could sense it.
There were some really good elements of mystery in this book and it was good to see that Alex wasn't as good at fooling her mother as she'd hoped. I was a bit disappointed in her father's friend. He came across as kind of a jerk and completely contrasted with how he'd come across before. (And there was the lack of foreshadowing again...)
It was interesting to see the dreams that were helping Alex to figure things out, but I couldn't tell if the dreams were her subconscious or whether there were supernatural reasons behind them. I also liked seeing Alex's interactions with Chris. It was nice to see that, although she was attracted to him, that didn't take over the book. It was also good to see her and Chris forced to grow up and take on responsibility.
I would probably be interested in reading the sequel to this book in the future. It would be good to see how people will deal with the aftermath of everything.
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