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The Immortality Virus

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
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 mi
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“The Immortality Virus” by Christine Amsden is a thought provoking dysopian science fiction epic set in a future world where tinkering with viral vectors stopped mankind from aging.

A great mixture of a creation of knurly characters, developed painstakingly through their trials, wild adventure, and a deep set of subplots, Christine paints with words a highly visual and vicariously empowered dialogue with the reader.

This is the sort of “fun book” that is hard to put down - the adventures, the intr
Apr 29, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This review was originally posted on my blog: Evie @ Bookish

The Immortality Virus is a dark dystopian Science Fiction novel by Christine Amsden. It's an action-packed, fast-paced and thrilling book, spiced up with mystery and sprinkled with a tiny bit of romance. Everything is perfectly balanced, making this book a great treat for every Science Fiction fan.

The story takes place in the far future, sometime around the year 2450, which is 400 hundred years after The Change, an event that caused p
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Grace is a blacklisted private investigator living in the city in the mid-21st century. Humans no longer grow old and die; they stop aging in their 20s. This has led to overcrowding, starvation, and lots of violence. Grace takes a new case for a rich client who wants her to find the man who created the virus that stopped the aging, and convince him to find a way to undo it. But Grace has lots of enemies, and find her man might make her more of a target than she can survive.

This was a very fast p
Aubrie Dionne
May 09, 2011 Aubrie Dionne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn’t want to live forever?

Grace is a black-listed private eye in a community where the inhabitants don’t age. You’d think it would be a paradise, but instead, the world has turned to hell. There isn’t enough room for all the people, and jobs and living quarters are scarce. People eat strange processed food, and there’s even a neat reference to the “Soylent Green” movie with Charleton Heston. People fend for themselves in slums, or give up their lives to become “slaves” in the country.

Amber Carson
Jun 02, 2011 Amber Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In “The Immortality Virus” By Christine Amsden readers are taken on am amazing thrill ride they will be sad to see come to an end.

Set in the mid-21st century in a world where nobody ages, nobody grows old and dies. Sounds like a dream come true right? Well Amsden takes readers through the downside of a world full of people who no longer age. Four centuries after “the change” which is the time people stopped aging. People crowd together in public places, such as parks, as there is not enough hou
Feb 07, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested
Recommended to Katy by: Abigail
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Speculative Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Anyone interested
Trigger Warnings: Misery, violence, murder, (implied) rape

My Thoughts: The author won an Eppie (EPIC Award) for this story. And I’m absolutely not surprised. This was a very well-done story, strongly written, fast-paced, nicely plotted—everything I look for in a great story! The characters are all well-developed and interesting, and the main part of the story is nicely wrapped up, but enough spare threads
Vincent Hobbes
Jun 20, 2011 Vincent Hobbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy from the writer. I had never heard of this author, nor read her work.

It’s the future, and the world is in chaos. Four hundred years ago, humans stopped aging. Few knew why, and the Change cast the world into despair. Now, the powerful elite, The Establishment, rule the world.

And a bleak society it is.

Food is limited. Jobs are limited. Homelessness and slavery are the norm as people struggle to get by.

I love dystopian novels. The Immortality Virus was a wonderful read.
Sep 17, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a world where noone died, at least not from aging or related diseases. Populations explode, food and housing is scarce, everything is exorbitantly expensive. You can't walk down the street in the city without being hemmed in by other people, pushed right up against them. Hundreds of thousands of people live on the streets, in parks, scrambling for survival.

This is the world Christine Amsden presents us in The Immortality Virus. Everyone looks like they are 25, except for those who were
Liz B
Jun 27, 2011 Liz B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My rating is actually a 4.5, but I'm giving a well-deserved roundup.

What struck me the most was the novel's deep sense of place--a believable dystopic middle America, where immortality is a curse no one wants to reverse. While characterization and pacing were also strong (I couldn't put the darn thing down), I really want to know the fate of this world. This makes sense--the protagonist genuinely discards self-preservation in favor of making her world a better place--and in a sense, the world cr
Jun 04, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
In the world of Immortality Virus, it's not that you're immortal (you can die) it's just that you don't age. I especially liked the construct because it lets you think about a lot of the issues that plague our world: overpopulation and what happens when the divide between the rich and the poor grows very large. I loved that the female character was independent and mostly grumpy whenever she couldn't get herself out of trouble. There's a lot to think about in this book including forced labor work ...more
May 16, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Immortality Virus is a science fiction tale set in a totalitarian world.

It's the future and people don't age as they did before, the only things truly that would hinder a person would be murder, suicide or disease. The streets are packed with people who have no jobs, no homes and no future. When the morality rate always increasing, tensions in The Establishment begin to rise and new and drastic measures are enacted to ensure the populace doesn't reach maximum capacity and every day threatens
May 29, 2011 Mayra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christine Amsden’s second novel, The Immortality Virus, raises an intriguing question: Is it really all that wonderful to find the secret of immortality and live forever?

It’s the 21st century and the world is being ruled by The Establishment, a totalitarian government made of an elite few. People don’t age anymore. As a result, overpopulation has created poverty, hunger, violence, and chaos. People don’t even have empathy for their fellow human beings anymore and cruelty and murder abound. Only
Sep 03, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The The Immortality Virus was a fast paced science fiction tale set in an alternative reality if the key’s to immortality was found. It is not a dystopian story as much as it takes place in a dystopian future. Thing about what would happen if everyone stopped being able to die, but people kept having babies? Christine Alderman takes us along for her fictional exploration of this very question. Through in a mystery, a wee bit of romance and you have a science fiction novel that even those that ar ...more
David King
Apr 07, 2011 David King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a dark and gritty Sci-Fi novel set in a Dystopian future society where people no longer age. I am actually amazed at how quickly I read it, I started on a Saturday morning and had completed it by the Sunday night. I ended up engrossed in the story and filled any of my free time with reading it. Any book that can do that is a winner in my opinion.

I really liked was the way that the darkness and misery of society was woven into the novel. The author didn't just set a scene at the begi
Mar 21, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Not 5 only because I reserve that for my all-time favorite books that I still love after a reread, or years later, and I feel are "life changing," whatever that means.

I read this in only a few days, which is pretty impressive considering how little time I generally have to read. It was a blast to read, very action packed. I kept thinking, "What ELSE is she going to do to her characters?" and feeling like nothing was safe. The main character was very likeable and smart, and it was fun
Jun 13, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this read! The characters were well thought out, the world was vivid (though bleak), and the plot sucked me in enough that I put off other things just to finish the book. I was bummed that it ended as quickly as it did... I am hoping for a sequel as there seems to be so much more going on than what was resolved. Great book!
Jul 26, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When I'm picking a book to read, sci-fi is definitely very low on the list of contenders, but sometimes I like to mix it up. So when the opportunity to review The Immortality Virus came, I took it. This being said, I was so surprised that I actually really enjoyed reading this book! The whole idea that it was 400 years into the future and people stopped aging around the age of 25 was put together in an engaging and entertaining book. The storyline reminded me of the movie iRobot or I am Legend ( ...more
Rachel Cotterill
The Immortality Virus considers the question of what might happen if everyone stopped ageing almost as soon as they reached adulthood. This has led to host of new problems for humanity: the world is heavily overpopulated, with the poor dying on the city streets every day, uncounted and uncared-for. Life in the countryside is hardly any better, with desperate people voluntarily entering into slave labour.

Against this backdrop, it's hardly surprising that some would prefer to see humanity return t
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What would happen if people stopped aging? How long until the world becomes overrun? Aging has stopped for four hundred years and the world is so over-populated it is difficult to move around. Grace Harper has been contacted to find the scientist who invented the anti-aging gene, with hopes that this gene can be removed from humanity and people can start aging again. The only problem is, many people in The Establishment don't want that to happen.

The Immortality Virus
Jul 17, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Immortality Virus is set in the mid-21st century, in a a world far different than that which we know today. Centuries ago, a virus was found that stopped the aging process in humans. Life and society has changed drastically since The Change. Life has largely become a "everyone for themselves" fight for survival. Starvation and slavery have become everyday concerns for most of the population because of the ever increasing number of people. Centuries after the change began, blacklisted PI Grac ...more
Book Him Danno
31/2 stars 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 w
Coucher de soleil
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Imagine a future where all the sicknesses of old age have been eradicated. Sounds heavenly, right? But that’s not how it seems in Christine Amsden’s wonderfully imagined dystopia, The Immortality Virus. The author has mastered that powerful art of not explaining everything. As a result, she creates a world filled with details that explain themselves, impinging on the reader’s consciousness without question, building up to a powerful whole. In this dark world, Grace Harper has been given a task, ...more
Jun 14, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
THE IMMORTALITY VIRUS by Christine Amsden is an interesting Sci-fi set in the year 2050. The plot is intriguing,fast paced,and action packed. The characters will keep you guessing,engaging,and interesting. This is a story full of science fiction adventure, action,danger, romance, chaos, violence,and mystery. With "The Change" comes chaos,violence,desperation,starvation,and a shot at immortality. When Grace Harper,who has been blacklisted as a P.I.,she is hired by Matthew Stanton,the CEO of Medic ...more
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
What would it be like if we were given the chance to be a step closer to immortality? In Mrs. Amsden’s science fiction/dystopian thriller, readers get to explore that possibility where our main character Grace Harper lives in the world where no one ages. Grace is a 130 year old black-listed private investigator, but she doesn’t look a day older than 25 years old. The totalitarian government is a world in which no one wants to live in, the older timers (those who were already old before the chang ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the cover of Christine Amsden's new book, The Immortality Virus, scare you off. Inside is a dark dystopian science fiction novel with merit on many levels. The beginning dragged a bit, and while normally I would find the frequent references in that section to specific geographical locations annoying, those familiar with the Kansas City area will chuckle just a bit at references to various neighborhoods.

In a world where people no longer age, money rules everything as the masses starve a
Books Ahoy
I thought this was a pretty good book! There are ton of genres in this one book: romance, sci-fi, action, and adventure. This is what makes it such a good book. It does start off a little slow at the beginning but by the time you get to the middle of the book it really picks up. I was so engrossed in this book that I finished it in a day. I love how this book is something new instead of the same old romance story or action story. It's something that I've never read about in a book and definitely ...more
Freda Labianca
Jul 10, 2011 Freda Labianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and to be honest, I wasn't sure I would. This isn't my normal cup of tea. Man, my mind has changed about sci-fi and futuristic things all because of this groovy journey.
Grace is really something. Women everywhere will enjoy her character.
The actual storyline itself is different, new and interesting as well. The idea of not aging at all, would you really want to live hundreds of years? What would you do all that time? Wouldn't you get bored?
All these questions are raise
Jun 28, 2011 Berrendsci rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Premise and extended action sequences were fact the action was so prolonged that this played like a movie sequence, especially when the book's end just peters out with no true resolution or real concern for the characters to see if the series continues.
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Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it ...more
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