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Posted May 4, 2009
I'm not exactly sure what to say here. A friend of mine was reading this and raved up and down about how good it was. He knows I like science fiction so when he was done he loaned it to me to read. Maybe I had heard too many good things about it and went in with high expectations. Maybe I read more sci-fi than him and am pickier about my stories. In any case, this book was a struggle from beginning to end. It always felt like a chore to read it and I was left feeling very unsatisfied.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
First of all, there are WAY too many characters. The first chapter alone introduces a dozen characters and only 2-3 are really important. Cam, Sawyer, their girlfriend and Price are the only ones that need to be named, all the other ones had me thoroughly confused and flipping back and forth to find out who was who. This is mainly a problem in the begining when you aren't familiar with who is important and who isn't. This gets worse because the chapters on the space station introduce even MORE new characters and by the end of the book, when all but 3-4 characters have disappeared or died, we get even MORE characters when the Special Forces become involved. Sound confusing? It is.
That wasn't the only problem I had. For being such a dark, gruesome tale I don't remember anything particularly dark or gruesome. There was a lot of talk about cannibalism throughout but it was all "off camera" so to speak. I also never really felt that scared about the nanos, I think a scene or two could have detailed exactly what it felt like to be infected by them. Hearing about a character's pain and agony in the begining would've given the nanos a more monstrous feel in my opinion. Lastly, what's with the adult diapers at the end? I wouldn't have thought twice about how they were going to go to the bathroom in the suits if the author hadn't brought it up. Not to mention he brings it up again at the climax of the whole story. Oh, and did we really need Sawyer to talk like a baby at the end? It kind of ruined the image I had built up for him throughout the book.
OK, I don't want this to be all bad... there were things I did like about it. The author seemed to care a lot about the little details of how a nano like archos would work and I appreciate the effort. I really liked Cam's side of the story in the begining, especially when Hollywood appears and leads them back. I didn't enjoy Ruth's chapters as much. The editing was great, I don't think I found a mistake the entire time I was reading. The ending was also really good. I wasn't sure how the author would resolve the conflict, especially when he talked about Sawyer's equipment being flown to Canada. I just didn't buy it. What actually happened though was great and I felt satisfied.
Overall, I'd recommend Plague Year as a quick read for someone who doesn't generally read sci-fi but likes the premise of the story. It avoids the unpronouncable names and (mostly avoids) the technobabble that can turn people off from the genre.
Posted July 22, 2011
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