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(Contagion #1)

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It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decim
ebook, 432 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Megan Two of the main characters, Nova and Dylan had a one night stand that is mentioned only briefly and gives no descriptive details. It's obvious…moreTwo of the main characters, Nova and Dylan had a one night stand that is mentioned only briefly and gives no descriptive details. It's obvious throughout the novel that Nova has more than professional feelings for Dylan, but nothing of a romantic nature occurs.
It was a really good novel, in my opinion. I cannot wait for the sequel, although it's apparently not due out until next year.
But if you can stand the tortuous wait for the second novel, you definitely should read it.(less)

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joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
Firstly: I can’t wait for 2019. The sequel for this is going to be amazing. I can already feel it.

This was honestly such a fantastic, gripping story; it kept me up reading all night, even though I knew what the consequences would be in the morning. (They were not pretty consequences.) It’s one of those rare books that steals your breath and holds you so tightly that you’re afraid to tear your eyes away from the pages even for a second.

You can read my full review here on starburnt reads!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I am quite sure this will work perfectly for a certain kind of reader. Contagion is a very, very fast-paced sci-fi horror novel about a plague and several deaths. As such, this might be good for fans of fast-paced scifi like Heart of Iron, or maybe more suspenseful scifi like The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. But it didn’t give me the same punch I wanted, and that cliffhanger ending on what is essentially a thriller just does not work for me.

I’m tired and behind on reviews, so here’s a quick
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I am a huge fan of sci-fi/horror mash-up stories, whether they’re in books, film, whatever, and after how much I enjoyed Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road duology last year, I knew I had to check this out! It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, but I was also a little bit nervous because I wasn’t 100% sure whether Erin’s writing would translate as well to this setting.

It got in us and most are dead. Decklan flew for help. Don’t trust the kid.

Thankfully, it absolutely did, and I was h
Erin Bowman
Dec 06, 2016 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Contagion will be my next book after Retribution Rails and it couldn't be more different. This tends to be a trend of mine; I write in one genre and then follow it up with something polar opposite. I'm currently in the middle of a major revision, but let me get a few frequently asked questions out of the way:

The current description is really vague. Who are these two teens?
Thea Sadik, an ambitious seventeen-year-old with a love for science, and Nova Singh, a high-school dropout with piloting expe
I’m not sure why I didn’t realize this when I started the novel, but this is the first of a duology. After I finished this and realize there would be a sequel, I was bummed. There is just something about a solid standalone YA sci-fi/horror novel that sounded like exactly what I needed, but clearly I was wrong about the standalone part. Anyway, now you know there’s a sequel, so no disappointment for you.

Set in the future, where humans have colonized on planets out in space and the discovery of a
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
"Follow the bloody footprints, they said. What could go wrong, they said." Quite a lot apparently. 😂

4.25/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.25


Favorite Quotes:

"Numbers and data made sense, but people were impossible."

"Impossible is just an excuse not to try," Nova said. "You break it down into little steps, and then it becomes a bunch of things you can tackle. Possible things."


❇Normally when I see "recommended for fans of-" blurbed, or mentioned while describing a new release I find that to be a huge turnoff, bec
Jodi Meadows
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CONTAGION perfectly toes the line between science fiction thriller and horror. I couldn't stop reading.
Adah Udechukwu
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every moment of Contagion. I'm sure book 2 will be as great as book 1
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
3.5 stars...

I loved Bowan's other series so I was expecting to really like this one too. I tried several times though to listen to the audiobook and couldn't get into the narrator so I ended up just reading it. It was fairly entertaining once I finally got into it which actually happened when Coen came into the picture. He was definitely my favorite character of the bunch.

Even though this book didn't produce any overwhelming emotions or anything from me, I'm dying to read the next book just to
I was insane with excitement when I read this synopsis as it has everything I love: mass infection and possible zombies. Sadly I was disappointed.

My main complaint about this book is the multiple POVs. There are several — more than what is necessary, in my opinion — and because of that, I didn’t get to know any of the characters. Everyone felt shallow. The minor details we did get wasn’t enough to make me root for anyone.

Plot wise it was okay. The first 40% or so of the story is dry and boring
I was so so excited to dive into CONTAGION because I enjoyed Bowman's Vengeance Road series, so I was familiar with her writing, and I am so here for more good YA sci-fi. Throw in some horror and creep factor of a virus that has taken over a space station and the rescue crew hired to investigate? I'm trash for it.

But it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Why? Because half the characters are either dumb or unlikeable. I was more or less fine with the plot, it was at turns thrilling and eeri
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Contagion by Erin Bowman is an audible book I picked up from the library. I fell in love with this intriguing take right away. I like a good mystery mixed with my science fiction, throw in a deadly unknown killing factor, people who may not be what or who they say they are, crooked business or governments, and lots of suspense and that is my mind of book! This is all that and more!
The narration complements the book perfectly too! Really made the book that much better! Tremendous job one voices,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Contagion by Erin Bowman stars the ragtag crew of the Odyssey, a mining ship that responds to an SOS at a seemingly deserted base on a remote planet. Led by their determined by green captain Dylan Lowe, the team immediately begins searching for survivors but instead find a pile of dead bodies. The ship’s doctor, microbiologist Dr. Lisbeth Tarlow appears baffled at the cause of all the death and carnage, but her seventeen-y
Oct 07, 2018 added it
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dnf @ 50%
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very moment I laid eyes on the premise of this story, I knew it was going to be a good read! A mixture of horror and spacey sci-fi was just what I was looking for, and in return, I got a whole lot more than I initially anticipated.

Contagion starts with a bang and keeps going with a quick and unrelenting pace right up until the finale! It is non-stop action from the get go, and even the slower moments are just a way to pause before building up the thrill and suspense again.

Very easy to
Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will say the beginning was a little confusing and it was too many characters to keep tabs of. Progressively this did get easier to track what was going on and kept me engaged. I will continue with the concluding book next year!
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

****Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

Prepare for a 100% gushing review because this book was perfection! I was blown away by how amazing and addictive this story was, I literally could not put it down! I cannot wait for the sequel now and if you’re a fan of sci-fi horror I definitely recommend checking this one out.

Also just a quick sort of side note here: this is very differen
Contagion fits in that nice little YA scifi horror niche that I'm sure there are many fans of. I actually really love this type of story where the protagonists need to find the mystery of some sort of disease or a weird alien species and stop it before everyone in the crew dies.

I thought Bowman did an excellent job of pacing out the story so that you are kept on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel. It does start of quite slowly, building up to that point where you know something ho
Ashlee » Library In The Country
This book was so cool and is the sci-if thriller I hoped it would be!

If you loved the Illuminae files (particularly Gemina), Alien, Life and Even Horizon I highly recommend this!

Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Contagion is a stunning (and I mean STUNNING!) book, set in the future, on a mysterious planet.

There are many things I loved (scratch that, adored!) about it.

The first one would be cast of characters - both the ones I cared about and the one I hated from the bottom of the heartless part of my soul - the author let them all tell us their story and the switch between them gave the book a sense of urgency and an intensity one can usually find in movies. It’s hard to have a favorite when you know
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star

It's been a while since I read this, so this will be a short review. But I really enjoyed it! This one was SUPER creepy, I loved that about it! It had a very strong Alien meets Pitch Black feel to it (which basically means it was awesome). It was incredibly fast paced and cinematic! I loved the mystery to it in the beginning - you don't know much about what's going on, and it keeps you interested. This would make such a great movie!

The world building was fabulous - I loved the way Bowman set ev
"don't trust the kid."

For me, it was more like "don't trust the cover porn."

Synopsis? - Great.
Idea? - Great
Cover? - Great.
Book itself? - Not so much.

I wanted so so much to like this, not only because it was one of my most anticipated books of the year but also because the synopsis and the overall idea of the book are amazing. But unfortunately, this book wasn't what I had hoped for.
As soon as I started reading I could literally feel that this wouldn't be the story that would grip me and exci
Colleen Houck
Eep! This is like zombies in space. There's a lot going on behind the scenes and it will become obvious by the end that there are some political machinations going on so if you're looking to get some resolution you're going to have a wait a bit. You might want to keep your helmet on while you read. You know...just in case.
Jess the faerie archive
I can't. omg. this book was SO amazing and delightfully creepy, it was everything that I wanted it to be and more.

I'll post a review closer to release date, but definitely put this on your TBR!
Cori Reed
Creepy and fast-paced, I enjoyed reading this novel.

That said, two of the three POV characters sounded so similar to me I kept getting them mixed up and having to retrace my steps.
Sylvia Mercedes
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was good! Very much what I was in the mood for at the time I read it. I'll probably pick up the sequel too, since it definitely ends on a cliffhanger. Not my usual reading choice, but super exciting and suspenseful.
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was pretty much everything I wanted it to be.
Meredith Mara
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the stars :) Absolutely incredible! An explosive interstellar thrill-ride that will grip you and not let go.
Sirius Scientist
A distress call leads a small band of company employees to the far reaches of space in order to help, if that's even still an option, another mining operation. If help is out of the equation, they are to search for survivors. The crew has ties to the planet, though part of the intrigue is piecing together WHY they have ties, and what it will mean for this tiny band of would be rescuers.

The pace is fast and the first half of the story keeps you guessing. It's a mix of murder mystery and space ho
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YA Buddy Readers'...: Contagion by Erin Bowman - Restarting August 28th 2018 15 40 Aug 31, 2018 11:38PM  
Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy, VENGEANCE ROAD, RETRIB

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