Saturday, January 18, 2014

H10 N1 by M.R. Cornelius - Review

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A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With no workforce, power plants have been shut down, police and fire departments have collapsed, crops lie unpicked in the fields.

When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital's armored van for a midnight escape. Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.

Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.

My Review / Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I had a hard time putting it down, and when I was almost finished I couldn't!!!  I was up till 2:00 a.m. because I had to see how it was going to end.  I LOVE it when a book does that for me.  I usually can't put them down because I want to see who falls in love, but in this case I had to see who lives, and how it will end.  It was great.

The whole premise behind this book is absolutely terrifying for me.  I love to read scary stories, just like I love to watch scary movies, BUT, when it is about something that could actually happen it's just plain scary.  

There are some great characters in this book.  Taeya Sanchez and Rick DeAngelo are my favorite, and have an interesting relationship.  When they first start out on their journey to find a safe haven, they were not very nice to each other.  It was actually kind of entertaining.   Rick trying to prove what hot shot he was, and Sanchez trying to prove how smart she was all the time.  Their relationship grows, and it is fun to read and see where it goes.  Even in the midst of so much trauma.  

Dr. Sanchez has a friend that works in the Biosphere in Arizona and she decides that is where she needs to go to help find a way to conquer the pandemic.  In their travels to Arizona Rick convinces Sanchez to meet his friends Judith and Devin first.  They are a couple who lives off the land and provide for themselves.  They are such a great couple.  All four of them take their knowledge with them to Arizona and to Sanchez's friend Mai.  Judith helps bring the gardens back to life and the Biosphere back to working order before moving on.

If you are a germaphobe like me beware :).  This book will work on those fears.  I am blown away by the fact that when faced with the world wide pandemic people fight, instead of coming together.  What is wrong with people?  The world is coming to an end, and everyone seems to think that fighting, and killing is the best thing to do.  How is that ever the best thing to do.  But, it makes for a great story.  

This book just good.  It is well written.  It's exciting, scary, creepy, and even humorous in spots.  I really enjoyed it.

Now, and FYI, there is the f-bomb quite a few times in this book, and some sex, but it's not descriptive.  I think it's an adult book, but it was really a great book.

Source:  The Author gave me this book to read in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.  Thank you M. R. Cornelius for giving me this opportunity! 

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About the Author:

picture and bio taken from GoodReads

M. R. Cornelius lives in the suburbs north of Atlanta with her husband and two spoiled cats who refuse to wear socks and dust the furniture. Her two college-aged sons visit regularly for clean clothes, food and money.

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  1. I love those books that keep you up all night reading because you just can't get enough of them! I haven't heard of this one before but I am totally interested in it now!

    Have a great rest of the weekend Becca!

  2. I don't read a lot of books like this where they're borderline horror. It sounds like you really liked this one though. Thanks for the review, Becca!