Child Zero by Chris Holm
Author: Chris Holm
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
No. of Pages: 353
Date of Publication: 10 May, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Jake and Amy? Is the author a Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan? (true or not, at any rate, it’s what I’m choosing to believe)
I really don’t like sci-fi as a rule - I despise Star Trek and Star Wars, I don’t like superhero movies (although I guess those could/should be more classified as fantasy / action), I’m not watching Dune for any other reason then that I like spending time with my family, all of whom are sci-fi appreciators. I’m in my 40’s and I’ve lived this long without gaining an appreciation for Bladerunner, much to my husband’s dismay. It can therefore come as no surprise that my sci-fi books-read-over-the-course-of-my-life list has maybe two or three titles on it. But the synopsis for this was just so intriguing that I bit and I'm really glad that I did (wow, I didn’t see this happening).
Despite the serious nature of this book (which is a seriously terrifying prospect), this well-plotted story was such an enjoyable (albeit frightening) read.
Given my review’s opening, it also can’t come as a shock that this is my first book by the author. I liked my time reading this story so much that I do plan on looking at the author’s other works.
eARC kindly provided by Mulholland Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
From molecular biologist turned Anthony Award-winning author of The Killing Kind comes a fact-based thriller about our species’ next great existential threat—perfect for fans of Michael Crichton.
It began four years ago with a worldwide uptick of bacterial infections: meningitis in Frankfurt, cholera in Johannesburg, tuberculosis in New Delhi. Although the outbreaks spread aggressively and proved impervious to our drugs of last resort, public health officials initially dismissed them as unrelated.
They were wrong. Antibiotic resistance soon roiled across the globe. Diseases long thought beaten came surging back. The death toll skyrocketed. Then New York City was ravaged by the most heinous act of bioterror the world had ever seen, perpetrated by a new brand of extremist bent on pushing humanity to extinction.
Detective Jacob Gibson, who lost his wife in the 8/17 attack, is home caring for his sick daughter when his partner summons him to a sprawling shantytown in Central Park, the apparent site of a mass murder. Jake is startled to discover that, despite a life of abject squalor, the victims died in perfect health—and his only hope of finding answers is a twelve-year-old boy on the run from some very dangerous men.
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