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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,400 ratings  ·  490 reviews
Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa--and the world, as far as they know--to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2016)
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Kaceey
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A quick spreading virus - The Fever - proved exceptionally lethal. Leaving millions...make that billions dead around the world.

There are numerous post-apocalyptic books on the market, but what makes this one distinctly different is the perspective from which it’s told, through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy, Nico. He and his father Willem find themselves wondering through the barren land in South Africa, faced with the epic struggle of putting down roots and re-establishing civilization. (No
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Jenna
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We are animals....domesticated, social animals, thin veneer of civilisation. Gentle creatures if the world is fine, if the social conditions are undisturbed and normal. But if you disturb the conditions, then that veneer wears off. Then we go feral, we turn into predators, killers, we hunt in packs. Then we become just like the dogs."

What an incredibly thrilling -- though frightening-- story! A new and highly contagious virus sweeps across the world, killing off 95% of humans. Nico and his
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Tanja Berg
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
On the cover of the book it says "Reminiscent of 'the Stand' and 'The Passage'. Great stuff." - Stephen King. There may be some parallel, but for one there are no supernatural elements in "Fever" and for another, this book is far better than either of the other two. I declare this the best fictional read of the year.

The setting is in a world where more than 90% of the population has succumbed to a deadly disease. There is hardly anyone left. The wildlife that was so threatened is returning
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Lisa
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book, and right up until the final 50 pages I was absolutely positive that this would be a book that I would read again and again. Mr. Meyer is so descriptive in his storytelling that I fell in love with these people. But, he really brought South Africa alive for me visually. The book didn't have the supernatural components that I enjoy so much about these apocalyptic type books, but it didn't need that since everything else was so damn good. But, and this is huge...what kept ...more
Marchpane
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The basic premise - survivors band together to rebuild society after a worldwide pandemic wipes out most of humanity - is well-worn territory by now. What makes Fever different enough to be worth your time?

In post-pandemic stories like The Stand or The Passage, there’s generally a ‘rebuild’ section. Just “hanging out in the Boulder Free Zone, trying to get the lights back on”, that kind of thing. I always want more time in this phase, the rebuild, working out the practicalities of this new life,
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Liz Barnsley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant.
Full review to follow with an author interview on the blog.
Gerhard
Wow. The last couple hundred pages had me on a knife-edge. One of the best post-apocalyptic dystopias I have ever read, with a uniquely South African flavour. The writing is cadenced, and the narrative appears to trickle along. But what Meyer is doing so cleverly in the background is allowing the reader to enter the living-and-breathing reality of his characters. And falling in love with them, so their fates become engrained on our hearts. Magnificent.
Karen’s Library
Apocalyptic fiction is probably my favorite genre, so when I read the synopsis of Fever, I knew I had to read it. I was extremely delighted to discover how much I enjoyed this book.

In this story, 90% of the world's population catches the Fever and dies. Nico and his father, Willem, survive and about a year or so later, Willem starts a settlement in South Africa. We have the usual mix of shell shocked survivors who rebuild and bring us along for the ride. And yes, you have the dregs of society
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Annelies
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have to say I had my ups and downs with this book. Sometimes The story really got me; other times I felt a bit bored. It sometimes felt like some parts were too exhaustive. But then the action started again and you were again in full anticipation of the outcome. This outcome has a real climax to it and was a bit unexpected. So I hesitate between 3 or 4 stars... but I'll make it a 4.
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The Storms have been left adrift after most of the world dies from the Fever. As they travel through South Africa Willem cultivates a vision for a new community, one where his son Nico can live like a human being and not a savage. As survivors flood into Amanzi they must survive challenges from marauders but also from within...

When I saw how many pages this was I wondered if I was crazy!? At 544 pages it tops out as pretty hefty, BUT THIS WAS
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Roy
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too slow and wordy for me but still enjoyed this post apocalyptic journey. Haven't read a meyer novel before but seems like this was a change in direction from his other novels.
Liefie
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a dedicated Deon Meyer fan. I have never read a book by him that I didn't love. Fever is a departure from his usual genre of crime thriller. Here Mr Meyer steps into the realm of science fiction. A worldwide pandemic wipes out 90% of all humans. The ensuing chaos and breakdown of civilisation means survivors of the Fever are by no means assured of surviving the ensuing aftermath. People from diverse backgrounds come together to rebuild, in a country previously defined by differences and ...more
Ian
As the blurb states, the reader is taken to a post-apocalyptic world, where 90% of the world’s population have died from a newly emerged virus, and more from subsequent murders, suicides etc. Specifically, the setting is South Africa, and at the outset of the book our narrator, Nico Storm, is a 13-year-old survivor travelling with his father Willem. The latter founds a community of survivors, which is also an attempt to build an ideal society. Gradually their numbers increase, with a mix of ...more
Skip
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Post apocalypse South African style. A contagion has wiped out 90% of humanity. Father Willem and son Nico Storm establish a haven community, with trials and tribulations from inside and outside. For Nico, it is a coming of age story, where he sees his peaceful but empathetic father as weak and the mysterious Domingo, who organizes the military forces, as strong. Meyer, whose prior books are detective mysteries, excels in developing complex characters in a more complex South African society. The ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: death, epidemic, animal cruelty, violence, murder, gun violence, death of a parent, suicide, animal attacks, war, child abuse. Probably some other stuff that I forget.

4.5 stars.

Uh, WOW. I picked this book up on a whim because I searched for "translated by" in my library catalogue and it turns out this is translated from Afrikaans. I've never read anything translated from Afrikaans, so I figured I'd give it a go. And it kind of blew my mind.

So the gist of this book is that a
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Chrisl
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010s, africa, des, sff, bildnrmns
The ending surprised me, not in all ways positive. Author posits surviving world pop slightly higher percentage of current world human total than I would have let live. Liked his hydro setting/strategy.

Interesting world building. Wanted frequently to check location maps South Africa and geography.

In the afterword, author wrote he had invested four years researching and writing.
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Have read most of Meyer's South Africa contemporary setting stories. Too much accrued violence to continue. Mr
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Karen’s Library
I decided I wanted to reread Fever, but this time on audio as Will Damron narrates and he's a favorite of mine. Great decision! I thought Will captured the tone of the story perfectly and I loved it even more this time around.

Original review:
Apocalyptic fiction is probably my favorite genre, so when I read the synopsis of Fever, I knew I had to read it. I was extremely delighted to discover how much I enjoyed this book.

In this story, 90% of the world's population catches the Fever and dies.
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Bex Rees
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite an epic book! Although long,I think a lot of it was needed as it did create a whole new 'world' after a virus wiped out 90% of the world's population.I loved the character Domingo.There were a few really surprising moments that kept me interested.Overall,a good read.
Peter
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you're doing a post-apocalyptic survival story, you have to choose between being gritty and realistic or exciting and fantastical. Trying to have both sides of the coin doesn't really work because if you're being realistic, you're stuck with dealing with mostly mundane problems, which can be tense and entertaining, but won't be as exciting as, say, sprinting zombies. Whereas if you're going down the fantastical route, the work you put into dealing with the mundane becomes incredibly boring in ...more
Janet Newport
Thank you Netgalley.

What an astounding book!

I haven't read a lot of post-apocalyptic recently (last one I can remember is The Stand by Stephen King near 40 years ago). But I do enjoy Deon Meyer these days -- despite my abysmal knowledge of South African geography. I was thrilled to receive an advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

Fever never felt like it was fantasy or science fiction. Never got hokey for me. There was a great cast of characters, some more central to the
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Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
DNF around 40%

This book had so much potential and I picked it up with so much excitement. Cool setting (South Africa), cool foundational relationship (father/son), cool dystopia (pandemic). But unfortunately, the author never created an urgency, a profound urge, a catalyst. There was no clear trajectory except maybe “survive” and “make a community,” which is perhaps realistic for post-apocalypse life, but doesn’t make a reader want to continue.

I’ll also mention up front that there is a content
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Suzanne
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in South Africa after a devastating sickness has wiped out billions, this story follows Nico Storm and a group of survivors as they try to rebuild. I especially liked Nico's father - a gentle, philosophical man with a vision of what humanity could and should be. I'd recommend this to readers like me who enjoy post -apocalyptic fiction - I think it was an interesting view in how a community can rebuild.
Robyn
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well. When I first realised that Deon Meyer's new book was a dystopian novel my first thought was: but how can he change his genre of writing? Then my second thought was, how brilliant that he CAN change his genre. That he has the brilliance to write something other than what he has written before. And there is brilliance in this novel.

Set in South Africa after a worldwide viral outbreak where the survivors are few and far between, Nico and his father Willem are driving through the desolate
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Vaseem Khan
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fever is Deon Meyer's epic post-apocalyptic survival novel. It bears comparison with landmarks in the genre such as The Stand, with its focus on the way in which a group of shell-shocked survivors adapt to the new dystopian reality in which they find themselves. The novel explores humanity at its best and worst; the crushing loss of civilisation with everything that means for the structure of society, the unyielding belief in human ingenuity that powers some to rebuild in the face of terrible ...more
Em*bedded-in-books*
Post apocalyptic fiction set in Africa, after more than 95% of the world population is wiped off by a deadly viral fever. Naturally, disorder and chaos occurs and a band of survivors form the land of Amanzi, initially headed by Willem Storm, the father of Nico Storm, the narrator of this tale. Then follows a saga of formation of a new nation without the aid of technology or other modern conveniences, and the threats they face from bands of insurgents, as well as from within. It was interesting ...more
Fiona
What an absolutely fantastic book this was. Fever begins with Nico and his father Willem, on the road after the devastating and titular fever has swept the world and carried off ~90% of humanity. Our two protagonists are making their way around South Africa, until the story makes a left turn and sets aside the travelling in favour of resettling a better world.

This is definitely more The Stand than The Road, though it doesn't use religion to separate its bad and good guys. Rather, religion, like
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Paul
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, sci-fi, dystopia
It's hard not to compare Deon Meyer's Fever with those post-apocalyptic novels from which it clearly draws its inspiration. As a sweeping look at society's efforts to put itself back together, it is reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand. As an intimate portrayal of a boy and his father as they struggle to survive in this new world, it's reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Not surprisingly, it cannot rise to the heights achieved by those classics, but it's still an absorbing and ...more
Nancy
This is a really great post apocalyptic book. Fever is set in South Africa after a devasting world-wide plague. The first sentence in the book is by 47 year old Nico, “I want to tell you about my father’s murder.” Then follows 13 year old Nico and his father right after the plague. This books has so much in it: survival, family, community, rebuilding, hardship, love, loss. Near the end of the book we finally find out how Nico’s father dies and it was unexpected. There are clues along the way, ...more
RC1140
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fever by Deon Meyer is a very highly recommended post-apocalyptic thriller, survival tale, and coming-of-age story, set in South Africa.

Fever opens with Nico Martin at age forty-seven writing his memoir, beginning with "I want to tell you about my father's murder." Then the story jumps back in time to when Nico was fourteen. He and his father, Willem, are driving a truck filled with supplies, looking for a safe place to live after the population was decimated by the fever, a devastating
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Deon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the winelands of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold mining region of Northwest Province.

After military duty and studying at the Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since then, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative
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