Title – Contagion
Author – Erin Bowman
Rating – 3/5 stars
Release Date – July 24th, 2018
Publisher – Harper Teen
Format – ARC from Publisher
The contagion. It’s spreading…quickly. An SOS from the distant planet Achlys leads a small crew to perform a rescue mission, but they find the site abandoned; littered with rotten food, scattered tools, and…dead bodies. As the crew works to discover what caused this mass destruction they realize that the threat is awakening.
This book was creepy, really creepy. I would recommend reading this book when it’s daylight outside because the writing is very vivid and if you’re a chicken with a wild imagination like me you might be better off doing so.
My favourite thing about this book was the characters. I didn’t like that the POVs switched with virtually no warning, but the characters are easily recognizable by their tone so it made the sudden POV switches easier to adapt to. My favourite character was probably Coen because he was the most intriguing since his POV (which was indicated by separate chapters and italicized font) was so mysterious. I really loved how the characters weren’t prodigies and there was no “chosen one” tropes which was different. Each character is intelligent and capable (hence why they were chosen to be part of the rescue crew) but there was nothing that set them apart from the other. It was nice to see the characters all on a relatively similar playing field since that’s a different dynamic than many YA books.
There was a family connection aspect in this book with Nova and Sullivan’s families which was nice for a change because I feel like many YA characters don’t have any family at all. I always enjoy family dynamics but I also do enjoy friendships which I feel were not present in this novel. I do believe having no true friendships in this book was a good choice because it shows how cold the world in this novel is as well as the horror of what happened to the Achlys crew. I don’t mind this really because I find it refreshing, but there was no romance in this book. I mean there was a minor mention of some romantic feelings of one crew member to another but that was brushed over and it wasn’t really made a big deal.
I don’t ususally read thrillers (and I’ve never read a sci-fi thriller) so maybe this is how they’re supposed to be, but I feel like this book didn’t really gove too much information. I feel like I was really lost most of the time and I was really only taken off guard a few times (since in order for me personally to be taken off guard I need to know some little bit of information so I can make a vague prediction). I can see how this vague provision of information is beneficial to the whole thrill factor of this book, but I guess since I’m not used to that I didn’t enjoy it.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the ending, talk about a cliffhanger! The way it ended off made the whole book so worth it and made me so excited for the sequel (even though I’ll be waiting for it for a long time)
I feel like this book would be good for people who want to get into the thriller genre since I don’t think it was too hard of a read and it is thrilling enough. My rating on this book was moreso a personal thing since I never luck out with the thriller genre and there were just a few very minor personal problems I had with it. I think anyone who is intrigues by this book’s synopsis or who have had their eyes on it for a little while should definitely give it a chance!
Have you read this book? Are you planning to read this book? Do you have any YA thriller recommendations? Let me know in a comment!