A strange virus is sweeping the globe. Humans have become
allergic to one another. Simply standing next to somebody
could be a death sentence. A kiss could be fatal.
Angela is a woman trying to get by in this bewildering new
world. Though she still lives with her husband and children, they
lead separate lives. Confined to their rooms, they communicate
via their computers and phones. In some ways, very little has
That is, until she spots a mysterious stranger walking through
town without even a face mask for protection. A man, it seems,
immune to this disease. A man unlike anyone else she knows. A
man it might just be safe to touch…
Ok, I have to say that I am not usually someone who reads dystopian stories, but this one captured my attention when I read the blurb. I do like to read about viruses and strange diseases. So it was up my alley. I was caught between a rock and a hard place, but my curiousity won.
From the first page I was sold. I really was into the book straight away and I loved it.
I can’t imagine how it would feel to have to live like those people had to, but on the other hand, if you want to survive, sacrifices have to be made, big time.
Once again I have realized that it’s ok to set bounderies, but a new world might open up if you cross them from time to time.
At the end of the book I was left with a ‘oh no’ kind of feeling and I dare to hope there will be a sequel, because I am looking forward to what the author still has in store for this family.
To me this book was a very good introduction to a genre I was not familiar with. 4 stars.
Thank you, Liam Brown and Legend press.
About the author
Liam Brown’s debut novel
Real Monsters was published
in 2015 and long-listed
for the Guardian’s Not the
Booker prize. He lives in
Birmingham with his wife and
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