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Contagion

(Dark Matter #1)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,405 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Callie is missing.

Her brother Kai is losing hope of ever seeing her again. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the day she disappeared, and his hope is reignited.

Their search leads them to the heart of a terrifying epidemic that is raging through the country.

Can Kai and Shay escape death and find Callie?
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Orchard Books (first published May 4th 2017)
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Aqeelah Ally uh no... they clearly say her name is "sharona" which is very much a girl's name if i'm not mistaken

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Kate (GirlReading)
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25* Contagion is a fast paced, unpredictable and gripping read. It's unlike anything I've read in a while and totally unexpected and surprising in the best way. I couldn't put it down. I loved the structure of the super short chapters and the way the dual perspectives flowed from one to the other. I found myself warming to the characters and loved the different and intriguing sides to each of them. The only thing I didn't enjoy it the fact that I will now have a long wait for the next book, I ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Donna at Charlesbridge Teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
"There is pain, like no other pain before. It sears not just flesh but every through and feeling from my mind... Am I dead? I must be. Right?

Now that I think of it... I probably shouldn't have read this book about a deadly pandemic in the midst of a deadly pandemic... oh, well. It's too late now and I am shooketh.

So, what's this book about?
Young teen Callie might have been one of the
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⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This didn't go the way I expected it to, but I loved it nevertheless! Contagion is an interesting, at times weird book (but not in a bad way) with many interesting themes that I definitely enjoyed! 4 stars and recommended!

First of all, as a little fun fact, this takes place in Scotland (yay, finally a ya book not set in the US). During summer vacation two years ago I went to Scotland with my parents and we've actually been to many places mentioned in the book - and I'm not talking cities like Ed
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

“They say I’m sick, and I need to be cured. But I don’t feel sick. Not any more.”


This was a YA sci-fi story about a mysterious killer flu epidemic.

Shay was an okay character, and I liked Kai too. Callie was also an interesting character, and it was bad what she had gone through, I understood her frustration when she wasn’t able to communicate with anyone too.

The storyline in this wa
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Family, secrets, lies, betrayal, hope.

I actually read Contagion during #SundayYAthon, and it stood out as the best of a great bunch of books.

I found that I was a little confused as the story started, but this is completely understandable when you discover more about Callie. This is a sci-fi/dystopia that I had to suspend disbelief for a little, but I ended up completely lost in the story and the characters,

This book had me feeling a roller-coaster of emotions - from fear to happiness to
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Cora Tea Party Princess
I need this book so bad that I can't even put it into words.
rachel ☾
May 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
2.5 stars

Contagion was a fast-paced dystopian read that was somewhat entertaining but largely failed to capture me. I had heard nothing but amazing things about Terry’s debut trilogy so I had slightly higher expectations for her latest series. The story did start off on the right foot but my disconnection with the characters made the story’s pace slow down considerably. I never felt that the plot had the sense of urgency it desperately needed and the characters were either underdeveloped or not
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Figgy
Review to come.

Overall a bit of a fun epidemic read, though certain "twists" were SUPER obvious to me right from the start, one of which the characters only realised right near the end, in the final handful of chapters.

Reasonably run-of-the-mill, but not so much as to be boring or uninteresting.

I'll continue on with the series, but am not expecting anything earth-shattering from it.

The red edged pages (to match the red on the cover) are cool, though... and the next one has a blue cover and blue
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Miriam Smith
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⭐Aimee⭐
I received a copy of Contagion from Hachette New Zealand to review. I’ve read a few of Terry’s books so I was really excited to read her new book.

The start of this was unexpected. I know the tag line was something like ‘not everything can be cured’ but I didn’t think it would be so obvious at the beginning of the book. I can’t say too much without giving things away. This might be a difficult book to review because I don’t want to spoil things…

There was one thing I thought was really obvious fro
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Contagion started off a bit confusing for me. To be fair, the formatting of the eARC didn't help, but I also can't help that I was a bit lost. But as the story picked up, I became more invested. Shay was a decent MC, though not particularly memorable. Callie was certainly more sympathetic, but also a bit less likable- not that I faulted her for it necessarily (talk about being dealt a c
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Queen Cronut
I'm a sucker for a good sci-fi dystopian book and when I saw Contagion's cover and read the description, I thought I was in for an epic post-apocalyptic thriller. Unfortunately, the execution of the book wasn't as great as the cover and the synopsis.

In Contagion, Kai and Shay are searching for Kai's missing sister, Callie, in the midst of a deadly epidemic sweeping the nation. While this sounds like a solid one-line premise, Contagion was very underdeveloped from its characters to its plot to it
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Indigo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Honestly I'm so disappointed by this book. My first problem is that the back of the book doesn't give you any real idea of what it will be like. Maybe it's my fault that I didn't research before buying it but after reading another of Teri Terry's books I assumed this book would be just as solid.
The first 100 or so pages of this book I actually enjoyed and was really excited to see how the story and characters developed. Once these 100 pages had past though a pointless romance was introduced and
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Kelsie Maxwell
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Contagion by Teri Terry is the first book in her Dark Matter trilogy. The trilogy is billed as young adult, but don’t let age stop you. It’s an interesting read for all adults, young or otherwise.

Callie has been abducted and subjected to horrific scientific experiments. She’s escaped, but things are going from bad to worse.

Kai and his family have been looking for his younger sister, Callie, who’s been missing for a year. He’s recently been contacted by Shay, who is the last person to have seen
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Weaving Fiction ( Sj )
FULL REVIEW HERE; https://weavinglife.wordpress.com/201...

3 star rating! I'm keeping this snappy as a review is going up on my blog but I recieved this from HachetteNZ and I have to say, it was rather dissapointing. Contagion started off strong, with likable characters but as the plot moved on, I found myself more bored that feeling worried for the characters and I ended up really disliking one of the main three characters. All in all, this book started off strong but fell flat for me and I don'
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Jenn Ergott
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC of this book through the Teen Advisory Council at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC

When I first read the back cover for Teri Terry's Contagion, I was drawn in by the appeal of an apocalyptic end-of-days brought about by disease, with a smattering of paranormal in ghosts and speaking to the dead. In fact, I was greatly reminded of Stung, one of my favorite post-apocalyptic stories, which theorizes that the declining bee population would be the end of us all and carried similar them
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on Friday night with the intention of checking it out. You know, to get a feel for the story? I ended up reading over 100 pages in one sitting!

So yeah, I was instantly hooked. :)

Something strange is happening to Callie in the facility she lives in. Shay is trying to escape bullies when she stumbles on a flyer that sparks a forgotten memory. Kai is desperate to find his missing sister, so when he gets a call out of nowhere from a girl who claims she saw Calista a year ago, he ru
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Chris
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
from reading other reviews this is a 'love it or hate it' book

What l liked about it . . . .
- story from two points of view, nice and clear
- short (very short) chapters which kept me reading just one more chapter
- storyline which maybe did not fulfil its potential

What l didn't like about it
- abrupt cliffhanger ending, l will not be rushing out to buy the sequel
- strangers to lovers in almost the click of an eye
- hhhmmm a killer virus and yet there is still internet / electricity / food / t
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h i n d
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm very generous so here's a 1.5 stars (nah jk you deserve a 0.5 stars)

Warning this review might be a lil harsh.
I'm so disappointed, to the point where this book has officially changed my very stubborn point of view of not dnfing books. Good job.

Absolute waste of time.
1) I didn't like any of the characters, Callie is SO annoying and selfish, I felt no connection to them whatsoever.
2) The writing was mediocre at best, awful at worst
3) The plot itself was nothing new, neither was the ending
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Jenniely
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was brilliant. I love virus narratives and I was not disappointed with this one. There were definitely more than a few surprises in this book, needless to say you're kept guessing a lot in it.
It combined the very real threat of virus outbreak with futuristic theories on dark matter and physics which was really interesting.

I've always been fascinated by the curing and creating of disease in fiction - where science is messed around with to disastrous consequences. This fits the bill com
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Kate Ormand
A deadly virus is spreading fast through Scotland and the UK—but where did it come from and how did it start? Teri Terry is brilliant at bringing a unique and in-depth sci-fi element to her stories. I’m always impressed by the level of detail and thought behind this author’s books. I loved the Slated trilogy so I was excited to start this new journey with Shay, Kai and Callie. Contagion was a great mystery and adventure story, with a touch of supernatural. I was glued its pages. A good pick for ...more
Elli *Fanatical.Fantasy*
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I know this hasn't been officially released yet, but I was lucky enough to get a copy at YALC 2016. I have to say, I quite liked this story. It was a great young adult book, definitely aimed at under 15 or 16 I'd say. It has a good storyline, good characters and the writing is great.
Lulai
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so great, I love almost everything. Shay et Kai are a great team, I love their relationship. It was such a smart decision to had Callie POV, I love the mystery about her story.
I still have a lot of questions but sequel are made for this.
Mikaela Garcia
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like how we can follow from both Callie and Shay's perspective. It makes the story more interesting and I like Shay a lot and I like that Callie has more stories that only "the missing girl". When I come to the middle I could take down the book from me. I loved the whole plot twist and the ending was very good. I will continue this series
QueenFra
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Dnf but still counting it in my reading challenge cause why not. It’s was a bit weird and slow ngl probably give it 2.25 stars (mixing it up )
Teresa
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5

A huge thank you to NetGalley, Charlesbridge Teen, and Teri Terry for the opportunity to read Contagion in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fast-paced start to the thrilling Dark Matter trilogy about a mysteriously quick-spreading epidemic.

Set in Scotland, this book follows two perspectives: Callie and Shay.

In Callie’s perspectives, we see that she is merely a number, one of many experiments. From the way it is told, it sounds like she is a ghost following around the laboratory workers
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Beth
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very intriguing start to this new trilogy. The story starts with a girl called Callie or SUBJECT 369X and she is institutionalised in Shetland because of a rare disease. She thinks the doctors are taking her to be 'cured' but they take her to a locked room where there is only pain and death.
Then there is a girl called Shay (Sharona) who lives with her Mum in Killin, Scotland and has a photographic memory. Shay's narrative starts when she is in the library being bullied by a boy
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Michelle Moore
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the Slated series by this author, and just the brief details on the proof caught my attention, and I was very happy when someone at YALC managed to get me a copy. It would appear the publication has been pushed back a bit, but I’m still going to mention it, because I want it to go on people’s radars and wish lists.

There are two main aspects to the story.. the first being the mysterious illness which starts to sweep the county, highly contagious, and in most cases fatal. However, there’s a
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15HillG
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fast paced and unpredictable book. I was always so gripped and felt as if I was there with the characters and you get to know them really well and you can connect with the story. I liked the switch between character perspectives which showed how each character was feeling. You never knew what was coming next which made me so hooked!
Jypsy
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost always enjoy post apocalypse plague stories, so I had to give Contagion a try. Although the story is similar in many ways to other books of this genre, it's got just enough of its own twists to keep it fresh. I enjoyed the overall read. I think it's better for young adult readers, which I am not. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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