Contagion by Erin Bowman

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After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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When I went into this story I didn’t expect to love the setting as much as I did. Erin Bowman left the unknowing crew of the Odyssey on this dark and desolate planet/moon with very little hope of survival…but they don’t know that. Each of the characters is uneasy during the beginning of their adventure, but for the most part they don’t have a clue about the danger they’re really in. It was the atmosphere she created from the very beginning that truly made me fall for this story. Atmosphere is everything to me and Bowman created such a suspenseful one that I find myself recommending it to all of my friends.

I don’t typically read “alien” books. I’ve read plenty of sci-fi, but none of those stories had what most would call aliens. And to be honest, the creatures in Contagion are creations of a virus, but they reminded me a lot of the aliens from one of my favorite video game franchises, Dead Space. The crew that the Odyssey was sent to save may not look like the necromorphs in the video game, but they give off that same vibe, the vibe where they’ll just keep coming until they’re put down. This was the main aspect of the story that I L O V E D with my whole heart.

Not only did I love the overall atmosphere of the story and the antagonist, but I also loved the cast of characters we’re introduced to. Each of these individuals is out of themselves and no one else knows it. Out of the Odyssey’s crew, Nova appears to be the only one who’s thinking about others, but that doesn’t last for long, especially when things get heated. I’m a big fan of morally grey characters, or characters with secret agendas soooo this really hit the spot for me.

Bowman does jammed so action and science much into each chapter that I could not put this novel down. Deep down, not only am I a book lover, but I love science. Bowman does such a wonderful job of making something as outlandish as alien zombies seem like a possibility. I genuinely C A N N O T wait to see where the story goes in the sequel.

Definitely check out this story if you enjoyed the Illuminae files, Dead Space 1, 2 and 3, or if you’re looking for something really suspenseful!

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