Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Immunity

Immunity (Contagion, #2)

Immunity is the sequel to Contagion, one of my favorite recent science fiction reads, and this story was just as compelling and gripping as the first one. Well, maybe not quite as gripping- after all, the first one had an alien contagion turning people into ravening zombie- like creatures, whereas this one is a little more sedate. We left off with Thea and Coen being rescued (or is it captured) after their hair raising experiences on Achlys, and from there the story in this one goes off in an entirely different direction. 

Just to recap (and this is spoiler light)- Thea and her crew went to Achlys to answer a distress call, and that's how they ran into the contagion (and Coen, who was a sole survivor). The bug itself is a nasty piece of work, and after what happened at the end of Contagion Thea and Coen have reason to be concerned about it getting out into the galaxy. The results would be disastrous. Their challenges this time have more to do with human monsters than alien ones, however, as they get swept into a Radical plot to achieve independence for the Trios wing of the galactic Union. 

To be honest this one was just as well written as the first book- I give Erin Bowman huge props for her storytelling- but I enjoyed this one a little less than the first book, mainly I think because the first book had that horror element, that looming sense of doom. I mean, you're stranded on a planet in the middle of nowhere with a horrifying space contagion- that's my kind of story! The contagion still plays a big role in this one, but the sequel just felt more like a generic science fiction thriller. That's not to say that's a bad thing, but it didn't have that creepiness factor that kept me glued to my seat. This is still very readable, though, and gripping in its own right. 

If anything, things might have wrapped up just a little too conveniently for me- kind of how I felt after reading the last book of the Illuminae series. Good stuff, well done, but... in a galactic setting this vast, would all these things just fall into place quite this neatly? I tend to think not. Still, I don't want to give the impression that things went easily. Thea and Coen suffer a lot in this one, and there were times when I was like- how are you going to get out of this? 

So on balance this was a solid follow up and a good read. Not as creepy and thrilling as Contagion, but a solid sequel. You obviously need to read the first book to get this, but it's a great duology. I can't recommend these enough if you want science fiction with an edge, and while things may have fallen into place a little too easy for my liking at times, I had a great time with this. 

16 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really good story, but I can see how the first book was better with the looming sense of doom. Erin Bowman sounds like a great storyteller! I'm glad you've enjoyed this duology, even though the first book was a bit better than the second book. Great Review Greg!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  2. Sci.fi with edge, yes I could totally do that :D

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  3. I do agree with you that in this type of world, things probably wouldn't end so positively. I am glad that the series was enjoyable for you, though. I will have to give it a try, too. :)

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  4. I'd love to read this series some day. I'm reading a different alien contagion story right now and it's so exciting! (Salvation Day) It's definitely one of my favorite science fiction subgenres😊

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  5. that's great that it continued to be really good because sometimes it's not easy with book 2

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  6. I liked Contagion a lot, so I'm glad to know that despite it's imperfections, this is a solid sequel. :)

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  7. I am not sure, but I guess I´ve never read a book by Erin Bowman. But the cover looks amazing. This and book one might be something for our vacation.

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  8. This sounds like a series I need to read! :D

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  9. I need to read Contagion. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. I still plan to read Contagion. Eventually!

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  11. This is pretty much my feelings on it, too. I thought it was well-written and engaging, but not the same level of thrill as the first book.

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  12. OOoh! I need to check these out!

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  13. I need to read this series. Glad to hear it is so good! Great review!

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  14. I loved Contagion, and I really cant wait to read this one. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Great review!

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  15. I haven't read Contagion yet but I'm glad to hear the sequel is a solid read.

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  16. That is so funny because I actually liked this one more- but I think because it was more character-focused, so I can see why you liked the first one more! But still a very unique series, IMO! Glad it was at least decent for you!

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