The U.S. is ground-zero for a mysterious global pandemic. The disease is highly infectious and kills its victims within two weeks of exposure. It’s neither bacteria nor a virus and all traditional treatment regiments have failed.
Serena Salus, a radical scientist, discovers the organism is an extraterrestrial dust mite brought to earth by a shuttle astronaut. The government contends it’s a genetically-engineered organism created on earth by enemies of freedom.
Dr. Salus uncovers a vile plan for distributing her experimental antitoxin and finds herself in a deadly confrontation with powerful forces that’ll stop at nothing to control the distribution of her vaccine.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
Okay, first off the bat, I’m going to say that I wouldn’t actually classify this book as dystopia. It is definitely apocalyptic and awesome though! I am still including it in my Dystopia Reading Challenge though for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the author sent me a copy to review specifically for the challenge. Secondly, while it is apocalyptic, the story is told from the viewpoint of a corrupt government, and this is a classic dystopian theme.
“Ray Bradbury was right, the Earth does look like a dirty baseball, Astronaut Doug Greene observed as he peered through the space shuttle’s tiny porthole.”
Against Nature starts with this cracker of first sentence as the author hurtles you head first into his cautionary tale of governmental corruption, social agendas gone wild and super bugs from outer space. The reader is grabbed from the onset and while the ride never slows or allows you to catch your breath, every minute is a treasure.
I found myself instantly in love with this story and all the paranoia created thanks to the tale being told from the viewpoint of the government of the day. So many apocalyptic and dystopian novels are told from the perspective of your average every day Joe that this novel is a refreshing change. I don’t think I have ever read a novel of this genre written from the other side of the fence. It was fantastic to finally see the justifications of war from the governments perspective.
This doesn’t mean that all the characters are arseholes though. Quite the opposite. While there are many I was glad to hate, a handful of generous and caring individuals helped to keep the story afloat.
The author, John G. Nelson, really knows his stuff too, when it comes to how a country is run. While a lot of the information went straight over the top of my head (I am neither an American or into politics) and there was probably too much information supplied at times, there was still plenty that added great depth and realism to the story. There were moments, while reading, when I felt I was living the moment. If the format was newsprint rather than eBook, I would have completely believed every word read!
Conspiracy theorists will LOVE this novel. Not only is the world believably set up with plenty of details as to how it is run, but there are also many underhanded moments when the government hides things and twists facts in order to control the general public. There is plenty of references to America’s health system and how it is failing it’s users as well as falling behind all those of the western world, which will appease dedicated dooms-dayers.
One downfall I found with this book, was it’s religious undertones. While the odd reference to religion and the characters beliefs were fine, sometimes it seemed their beliefs waxed and waned and then were crammed down your throat, making it not ring true. I felt that the author could have made the religious moments either stronger and more consistent throughout the book, or dropped them altogether. Personally, though, I would have liked to see them tightened and bought more to the forefront – which would make this another first in this genre, a religious book that isn’t preachy.
The other problem, was it’s lack of time and perspective breaks. There was not an asterisk is sight. Even a decent gap would have helped the reader know that either a new person’s perspective is being introduced or the time has altered significantly.
Overall, I am giving Against Nature by John G. Nelson 4 out of 5 stars!
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The author, John G. Nelson, loves feedback from his readers and believes his novel should spur comments, questions and conversation. If you feel compelled to comment, you can do so at his blog: http://johngnelson.blogspot.com/
- Dystopia Reading Challenge Book 10: Talented by Sophie Davis (racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com)