Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Laptev Virus by Christy Esmahan

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

First Impression: Virology and pandemic fiction is very interesting and scary in a good way!

Characters: Characters mainly unfold through dialogue, and are more archetypes than fully developed.

World Building: The focus here is viruses and how they work. This book offers a backdrop for what could plausibly happen in the future. I appreciated the political pulse of global warming and fracking awareness, and one of the possible side effects.

Writing Style: Esmahan writes from a scientific perspective - very educational and thorough. If you have a teen or young adult interested in science, or you want to get them interested in science, this might be a great read.

What I Enjoyed: The Laptev Virus made me think...about the state of our world and the natural consequences of unnatural progress. If you want to understand bacteria and viruses, how they work, and the study of virology this is a good anecdotal read.

Deal Benders: I wanted to like this book, but at my level it was just okay. Certain repetitions to remind the reader of something stated earlier were unnecessary. I enjoy hard science with my fiction, but am going to need a little more story and fiction to keep my attention.

Overall Rating: 2.5 stars because there is nothing outright wrong with this book. It just wasn't what I thought, and I didn't catch the bug.

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