Fever

Fever

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ISBN-13: 9780802126627
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 133,673
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Deon Meyer is the internationally acclaimed, prizewinning author of eleven thrillers, including Icarus, Cobra, Seven Days, and the Barry Award-winning Thirteen Hours. His books have been published in twenty-seven languages. He lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Suddenly the hum of insects ceased.

Something drew my attention, behind my father, down the street. I called to him, in surprise at the unexpected sign of life, and a bit frightened by the furtive nature of the movement. My father looked up at me, following the direction of my gaze, and saw the spectres in the deepening dusk.

‘Get inside,’ he shouted. He stood up, holding the heavy wrench, and ran towards the cab.

I was frozen. The shame of it would eat at me for months, that inexplicable stupidity. I stood motionless, my eyes fixed on the shifting shadows as they coalesced into solid shapes.

Dogs. Supple, quick.

‘Nico,’ my father shouted, with a terrible urgency. He stopped in his tracks, to try to fend the determined dogs away from his child.

After that, everything happened so fast, yet it was also as if time stood still. I remember the finest detail. The despair on my father’s face when the dogs cut him off from the truck, just three metres away. The whirring sound as he swung and swung the massive adjustable wrench. The electrically charged air, the smell of ozone, the stink of the dogs. They dodged backwards to evade the momentum of the deadly spanner, always too agile, just out of reach. But they stayed between him and the truck door, snarling, snapping.

‘Get the pistol, Nico. Shoot.’ Not an order. A terrified plea, as if in that moment my father saw his death and its consequences: his son, lone survivor, stranded, doomed.

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Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
Apocalyptic fiction is probably my favorite genre, so when I read the synopsis of Fever, I knew I had to read it. I was extremely delighted to discover how much I enjoyed this book. In this story, 90% of the world's population catches the Fever and dies. Nico and his father, Willem, survive and about a year or so later, Willem starts a settlement in South Africa. We have the usual mix of shell shocked survivors who rebuild and bring us along for the ride. And yes, you have the dregs of society in this story as well. But for the most part, this story is about hope and community, and love, which is really the type of apocalyptic story I want to read. I really connected with Nico and the love and respect he has for his father, his adopted brother, and for Domingo. We see that each person has their flaws but, yet, I have great admiration for them all. I loved seeing how their community started with just a location and no people but ends up growing quickly to become one of the larger established towns that ends up flourishing. In most apocalyptic tales, you only see the very dark sides of the apocalypse. If an apocalyptic event ever really happens and somehow I manage to end up surviving, I hope I find a community similar to this one! The location and people of South Africa in this story was a surprising bonus. Although not as epic as The Stand, or Swan Song, and with no supernatural elements, Fever is one of my favorite reads of 2017. If you liked either of the books mentioned above, I urge you to pick up Fever. Thank you to NetGalley and to Hodder & Stoughton for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Two of the few survivors of a worldwide epidemic referred to as the "Fever", Willem Storm and his adolescent son Nico set out to find the perfect place to build a new world. Once that place has been found, the intellectually curious, ethically minded Willem does all he can to build a community, a democracy, that is truly equal and equitable. Though the community begins to grow and adopt Willem's principles, the world is not as it once was and outsiders with different ideas of how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world threaten what they've built. In the meantime, Nico is growing up and realizing that he doesn't necessarily agree with her father's worldview. He resents the amount of time his father has to dedicate to the rebuilding of their little slice of civilization, and he turns to the town's military leader as his new idol. Nico is a natural sharpshooter, a natural soldier, and Domingo is an excellent trainer. But Nico's pursuits are so different from his father's that they begin to pull away from each other. Eventually, the outside world catches up with them, and when it does, Nico's perspective of his father, and his life, is changed forever. Things I love about this book: " It's post-apocalyptic " Despite being written from Nico's perspective, it is most definitely NOT YA (which I love, but some good adult post-apocalyptic stuff is refreshing) " The setting is Africa not the US or the UK or Australia. It felt like visiting new territory, particularly as the author gave a lot of description of the territories they were in, using words I'd never heard or read before. It felt like I learned something, and it definitely expanded my interest in learning more about Africa. " At 544 pages, it is a pretty deep dive into the characters and their relationships " Though it is definitely post-apocalyptic, there is a bit of mystery as well " The ending was surprising and brilliant " Willem Storm had started creating an oral history of the people in the community, interviewing different people. The book is written by a 40-something year old Nico looking back, and in every chapter, parts of these oral histories are shared, a sort of epistolary approach that gave tidbits of insight into the people of Amanzi What I didn't like about this book: " Nothing. This character driven tale of a father/son relationship amidst the unbelievable strain and struggle caused by rebuilding some semblance of society in a post-apocalyptic world was a terrific read. If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic stuff and you love a good character-driven story, it's worth the time investment. Wonderfully written, insightful, a pleasure to read. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
IrregularReader More than 1 year ago
A mysterious illness swept across the world, killing off 95% of the population. Months after the disaster peaked, 13 year old Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive across the blighted landscape of South Africa, trying to survive in a new and terrifying world. Coming to a small town with hydroelectric power equipment still intact, Nico’s father dreams of creating an ideal, rational society out of the ashes of the old world. The community grows and so do its enemies. Loyalty, honor, and optimism must wage a war against fascism, zealotry, and violence. This is an epic book, as the post-apocalyptic genre lends itself to. The book spans years, from Nico and Willem’s first days scavenging, through to the development and success of the community that they establish. The book’s true focus is not necessarily on the post apocalyptic world, but rather on the nature of humankind itself. The book is written from Nico’s perspective, and focuses on the defining moment of his life: the murder of his father. By unwinding the story of the post-fever world and the development of a utopian community, we unravel the events which led to Willem Storm’s assassination. This is a very human novel. There are no monsters or mutants here to provide danger, simply people. In that regard, the book strongly reminds me of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The tension and suspense come not from creepy-crawlies out to eat our protagonists, but the very very scary question about what will triumph in a global catastrophe. Will “the better angels of our nature” win the day, or will they fall to the petty evilness that lurks in the human psyche? I think it is this question which makes the post-apocalyptic genre so compelling. Can we put our faith in human nature? This book was well written and grand in scale. The South African setting provided a new point of view for me over here in the United States. Anyone with a love for post-apocalyptic tales should check out this book. An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Fever by Deon Meyer is a very highly recommended post-apocalyptic thriller, survival tale, and coming-of-age story, set in South Africa. Fever opens with Nico Martin at age forty-seven writing his memoir, beginning with "I want to tell you about my father's murder." Then the story jumps back in time to when Nico was fourteen. He and his father, Willem, are driving a truck filled with supplies, looking for a safe place to live after the population was decimated by the fever, a devastating coronavirus that wiped out 95% of the Earth’s population in just a few months. Willem and Nico make their way to the town of Vanderkloof, a town Willem knew before the epidemic, and one that he feels will be a good location to start a new society. It is in Vanderkloof that the town of Amanzi is founded and survivors make their way to the town. Meyer introduces a wide variety of people as the town grows. There are struggles and challenges to be faced between factions within the town and from threatening biker gangs from the outside. As he discovers what he views as his father's weaknesses, Nico discovers his strengths and comes to the realization that he is going to be his father's protector. It is in this changed post-apocalyptic world that Nico recalls the beginning of his rite of passage to become the man he is destined to be, while he remembers his father, the man he loved who was murdered. Integrated into the plot are parts of transcripts from the recorded personal stories of survivors. This historical record not only tells the detailed stories of others, it also adds to the richness of the narrative, expanding the background information of what the reader knows. These personal views from other survivors also tell about events from different perspectives. This is an extraordinary novel with wonderfully executed characters and a compelling, intelligent plot. The characters are all well developed, fully realized with a complexity and depth that is to be admired. Meyers sets his characters into a detailed, intricate plot full of tension and formidable obstacles and opponents making this sweeping epic novel a page-turner that will keep you up way-too-late finishing. The ending was a surprise, but perfect. I didn't have a clue until it was almost over. Additionally, Meyers did research into several areas of his novel ( a list of further reading is included) making the narrative a great combination of facts and fictional storytelling. Along with other readers, I do enjoy a well-researched novel, fiction or nonfiction. It always adds an astute depth and intricacy to the plot. An absolutely perfect stuck-overnight-at-the-airport book or, more accurately, a stuck-glued-to-the-pages-where-ever-you-start-reading-it book. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grove Atlantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars!