Some great material and after about a quarter of the way in the plots start to gel. Unfortunately the first sections are seriously hard to put into an...moreSome great material and after about a quarter of the way in the plots start to gel. Unfortunately the first sections are seriously hard to put into any sort of pattern and a few plot elements seem to appear from nowhere.
Once rolling the characters and the main plot are well developed, and it becomes a page-turner.
Some seriously thought provoking twists to the plot.
A strong re-edit by a first rate editor would change this novel from an interesting self-published stab at an interesting mix of who dunit & science into a tier one novel. What the book has has as raw material & potential is lost in the jumbles & juxtapositions that only make sense to someone who already knows the plot.
Updated - have learned reviews are read, and some updating is going on to touch up the edits and stage-setting. This will let the promise shown shine much brighter.
“The Immortality Virus” by Christine Amsden is a thought provoking dysopian science fiction epic set in a future world where tinkering with viral vect...more“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 intrigue and the characters so engaging as to create in this reader a discipline issue - where I had intended to take my time and read the book a chapter or two at a time, I waxed the read in just a few sessions.
Most impressive to me was the personal growth of the characters - the realistic development is an author’s fine art, and it is done well in “The Immortality Virus.”
I should reveal that I’d been privileged to read a pre-release copy of this book, in exchange for my opinion of the novel. I’d be very pleased if I had bought my own copy and paid shipping - in fact I hope to finagle a signed copy someday.
Very much a novel that is easy to recommend, and will stand the test of time as a SciFi Dysopian classic among the best of the genre.
And most importantly I had a blast reading this book! (less)