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Book Review: Contagion

I’ve been reading a lot more science fiction lately and I find myself gravitating toward YA sci-fi due to the fast pacing. One of my latest reads was Contagion by Erin Bowman. This book was fantastic and I loved the tension and mystery of it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a creepy science fiction read and I would especially recommend it if you’re a Riddick Pitch Black fan. Overall this book has great tension and exceptional writing.

When a SOS message is sent from a mining site on a distant planet, a search-and-rescue crew is sent. However when they arrive there appears to be no survivors and not enough dead bodies to account for the missing. A note left behind by one of the dead proclaims “It Got In Us.” With no idea of what the note means they search for answers, but once they find the dead, they quickly wish they hadn’t.

I don’t want to get too detailed about this book because I don’t want to spoil anything but man is it good! The characters were interesting with believable flaws and secrets, the plot tense, and together it meant I couldn’t put this book down. I believe this book is meant to be a duology or series and this is one of those rare times when I’m excited to get book #2 since I usually don’t read past the first book.

I will say however that while this book is labeled YA it felt more adult to me. This book had one teenaged character who was an intern doing an internship that might as well have been a real job. The teen is even an orphan, so she is very much acting as an adult looking after herself. The concepts I associate with YA were mostly absent and the intern didn’t feel like a teenager to me. The author’s others books were all YA so I think that played into the shelving of this. Unfortunately the industry has a growing problem of shelving adult books as YA for marketing purposes. In this case I think this is a book that would be enjoyable for a lot of adult readers and teens, but to me it didn’t explore what it means to be a teenager in space or anything of that nature that would make me think YA.

36466858IT GOT IN US

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

MOST ARE DEAD

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

DON’T SET FOOT HERE AGAIN

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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