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Saturday, 9 April 2016
THE FINAL VIRUS by Carol Hedges
4 out of 5 stars YA Post Apocalyptic Novella On Amazon UK HERE On Amazon.com HERE On Goodreads HERE
I've read Carol Hedges' three Victorian murder mysteries and loved
them; even though I am not a fan of YA books I love the whole post apocalyptic
genre, so was keen to give this a go. It has a sub-theme of Christianity (those with a knowledge of 'Revelations' will find it interesting), and is the first part of a series, although it's a complete story in itself.
In this future world all countries are one, with one president, and
peace reigns. This follows a cybercrash
in which the computer systems of the world were wiped out within a couple of
hours, and also the effects of climate change which has altered the entire
landscape of the planet.
The story centres around Will and Amber. Will is popular, clever and sought after;
Amber is a non-conformist with strange intuitive capabilities. Oddly attracted to each other, they come
together to investigate the truth behind the death of Will's father and
possible government conspiracies.
As always, Carol Hedges' characters are immediately real and three
dimensional, the dialogue sharp, realistic and often funny; there's a definite
element of dry humour throughout this book that I liked very much. However, I would have liked to know much more
detail about how the current situation came to be, and how the people now live,
how the world had changed as a whole; at the beginning I couldn't quite work
out what was going on, when and where it was supposed to be taking place, etc,
though some of my questions were answered fairly soon (by Mr Neots, the boring
teacher, a great character!), and more later.
The Final Virus is a good mixture of the sci-fi thriller/adventure and
believable relationships between the teenage main characters, and I think YA
fans of the genre will enjoy this series very much.
For my reviews of Carol Hedges Victorian Murder Mysteries, see HERE