I actually read this book way back in July. Because what’s better than reading about a deadly pandemic in the midst of lockdown?
This was actually pretty different from a lot of other pandemic novels. Okay, it was about a zombie virus (even if it’s not officially acknowledged as that) but it was so realistic. The lockdown, the overrun hospitals, the lack of PPE… It was really similar to what I’d heard and experienced in the height of our own lockdown. It was weird but it shows just how plausible and well-thought-out the book actually was.
So the outbreak in this book refers to a new strain of rabies that infects humans and causes changes in behaviour – especially increased violence. And in the middle of it all is Natalie. Natalie is pregnant, due to give birth any day. But then her husband is killed in their own home, and Natalie herself is bitten by a rabid madman. If she’s infected, the clock is ticking.
Natalie tries desperately to get to a hospital to be cared for and try the experimental vaccine. She does eventually make it into a hospital and is due to have a C-section performed. But then things start happening in the hospital and she’s sent to another – but the ambulance doesn’t make it. So with the help of her friend, a doctor, Natalie tries to get herself and her baby to safety before her time runs out.
This had one of those bittersweet endings that I really appreciate. I won’t spoil it, but it’s… different. I kind of had my suspicions about this conclusion from quite early in the book, but it didn’t feel overly predictable or anything. It was well-written and gripping.
Overall, this was a really good book. There was a good level of emotion, and lot of anticipation and excitement. A strong 4 stars!