Title: The Immortality Virus
Author: Christine Amsden
Review: I read this in two days and felt it was a good book. I could visualize the depressing world the Earth had become, lack of resources and greed had taken over. The book progressed well and my only complaint was that it seemed to drag, just a bit, in the middle. But, I wanted to know what was going to happen so I trudged through. It kept me interested and reading with a kick butt detective and her search for why the world had gone to hell in a hand basket.
This book is set in the future where no one dies of old age anymore. Everyone looks about 25 and only die from accidents and viruses that are still around. The problem is the overpopulation this has caused. People fill the street starving and homeless. The rich and wealthy have everything they need and the rest of society is trying to catch a bone, the middle class is virtually nonexistent.
The author paints a dark world that I would not want to live in or raise children in. Hunger, poverty and homelessness abound in her world. She let us see what a shame immortality could be if everyone had it. A dead body, found on the street, was fair game to anyone who came across it, hungry children and desperate adults rule this world. The future was bleak and that led this detective to her next job, the one that could be her last.
This book is imaginative and quick to read. If you enjoy urban futuristic stories you will enjoy this. The author even mixed in a tiny bit of romance that always makes life worth living and books worth reading. I hope the future is better than this.
Publisher: June 2011 Twilight Times Books
Quick Review: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: The author was looking for bloggers to review her book.
Where I Obtained the Book: The author sent me the Kindle version.
Synopsis: In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.
Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change – if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice – help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to protect their shot at immortality.
Author Biography: I have been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as I can remember. I love to write and it is my dream that others will be inspired by this love and by my stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. I write primarily about people and it is in this way that I strive to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
I was born in St. Louis but moved to the Kansas City area with my husband in 2004. My husband, Austin, is my biggest fan and has been the key to my success. We have one child; a son, Drake. Two orange tabby cats, Kosh and Delenn, complete our family and demand the rest of my attention.
I will be interviewing this author tomorrow and the author will be giving away a copy of her book at the Easter Hop, come back tomorrow. Thanks