How far would you go to save the human race?
In 2017 a virus sweeps across the world and infects every living person. It lies dormant until a woman gives birth. Then she dies.
Fifteen years later, nobody has survived childbirth since the outbreak began. Teenage wheelchair athlete, Antimone Lessing, thought she would be competing at the Delhi 2032 Paralympics. Instead, she is nine months pregnant and commencing labour. When she unexpectedly survives, she becomes a vital clue in the race to develop a cure before the global population declines beyond the point of no return.
But survival comes at a price. As her doctors try to understand why she is still alive, she must choose between preserving humanity’s future and protecting the life of her newborn child.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I love to find a new author that you just hope gets that break because OMG this is a belting book, with a superb story line, real bad ass characters and punch in the air heroes. It is a heart breaking story of a sixteen year old girl who had everything to live for, ok she was in a wheelchair but full of life, brimming with confidence and wow what an athlete. Then one idiot’s idea of getting even meant that her life was over, seriously over like she was going to die. Antimone was pregnant, and for the last 15 years all women over 4 weeks pregnant were living under a death sentence due to a virus that only became active when women were expecting a baby.
When a discarded Antimone awoke in a hospital basement in terrible pain she became the first woman to survive pregnancy and childbirth and an extremely valuable commodity for the pharmaceutical company that owned the facility where she had given birth. My whoops of sheer joy were soon roped back in when Rosalind Baxter first made an appearance. My lips were well and truly sealed. She is one callous lady.
Oh boy this is heart in your mouth stuff, just remembering to breathe became difficult as the story was so wickedly brilliant. Well let me put it this way, this ‘lady’, using the term very loosely here, didn’t become so darn evil over night. There are some pretty riveting minor story lines that became big league players as this ever-increasing fast paced story just finds those extra gears that many don’t have. There are some cracking characters both good and bad that are very distinctive, memorable and impossible to mix up.
A shocking and unfortunately believable story that could be our future one day or should I say our end. Highly recommended!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard T. Burke is the author of The Rage, Decimation: The Girl Who Survived, and The Colour of the Soul.
His novels are thrillers with a twist thrown in that separates them from more conventional books in the genre. He also contributed a short story, A Christmas Killing, to the Bloodhound Books charity horror anthology, Dark Minds.
Richard lives with his wife, Judith, daughter, Emily, and black Labrador, Max, in the village of Rotherwick in north-east Hampshire, UK.