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(Infected #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,615 ratings  ·  615 reviews
From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity's secret battle against a horrific enemy.

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Crown (first published 2008)
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Sarah I haven't read the whole trilogy but I did read Infected before moving onto Contagious. To me, you won't be able to "get" the characters in Contagious…moreI haven't read the whole trilogy but I did read Infected before moving onto Contagious. To me, you won't be able to "get" the characters in Contagious if you don't read Infected first.


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Tina Saldiran
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

As fast paced and exiting this book was, I can't get over the bland, emotionless style of the writer. This guy had an ok idea and decided to write a novel about it. I'll give him kudos for the work but I really can't say he's a great author. The characters are flat, reach life-altering decisions in a heartbeat, change their behaviour and opinions on a whim. Maybe it's just me but I hated every chapter title in this book because it couldnt be drier - like a weather forecast: "Margaret
Nicole Wright
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
this series is dumb but a lot of fun
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THE umm.. gross parts..

All of these contribute to my perfect rating!

That was one amazing adventure / horror / thriller story!
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This novel was great! I liked how it provided more background information on the aliens and their hidden agenda towards Earth it gave the story more depth and the story is well rounded out. As in Infected, I also liked how there are scientific terms and theories, but it was easily explained and not complicated to understand. We all know some science fiction novels have a lot of technological jargon and you're left wondering if you're reading an encyclopedia on physics or rocket science. ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Following up on last year's "Infected," "Contagious" is both a sequel and an expansion of Scott Sigler's twisted universe where an alien virus is trying to take over the planet.

"Infected" kept the stakes fairly limited--following the traumatic infection and steps taken by Perry Dawsey to "cure" himself. With "Contagious," Sigler takes a much wider view, showing us how the virus is working to establish a beach-head on our planet and possibly take over.

"Contagious" takes a few pages to get going,
4 Stars (review to follow)
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I have come to a realization that Scott Sigler is one of the hardest working authors out there. I first heard about Mr. Sigler while listening to his interview on The Dragon Page podcast. They were discussing his book Infested and the ‘radical’ methods that he uses to get his work recognized, such as, releasing it as a free e-book and offering the free audio version. Soon after the podcast was finished a free copy of Infested appeared in my iTunes que. I am pretty sure the publisher did not know ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi and horror fans
Shelves: horror
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Karen’s Library
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, signed, aliens, horror
Well the whole team is back which I was happy to see. Perry, Dew, Margaret... and a few new players.

Although still quite gory and disturbing, this book didn't have that same WTF!? impact that Infected had on me. At least I could read it without having to look away at some parts.

As usual, Scott's science in each of his books is mind boggling and detailed but not overwhelming. He has the perfect blend of science and action to give his stories a realistic and terrifying feel. This one was the
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Contagious picks up right where Infected left off, featuring most of the same characters and dealing with much the same basic issue: an alien species is attempting to create a portal from their world to ours, that they might invade. To do so, they need workers, and these workers grow from human bodies (turning the host paranoid and violent before finally killing them entirely during the 'birthing' process). The new twist introduced in the second book is that certain humans who've been infected ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Part 2 of the Infected horror story is Contagious. It continues the story after the military has stopped the first wormhole from opening. They have now recruited Perry Dawsey because he can "hear" the communication between the hatchlings and something else to figure out where more of these gates are being built by these hatchlings.

In this book, I enjoyed that it gave some back story into the how to of the blue triangles and hatchlings, etc. Basically, there is a very complex satellite, of
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Take the plot of the original book and amp that fucker to the tenth power. This follow-up to "Infected" has more guns, more carnage, and lots and lots of shit blowing up. In other words, this book kicks major ass.

Sigler is a master at breathing life into his characters, and the "bad guy" here is one of the creepiest, most well-designed, that you'll ever meet on the page or screen.


My only quibble with this book is that Contagious begins some time after Infected ends. In
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Infected trilogy finds Dew Phillips, grizzled CIA operative, along with Scary Perry Dawsey, survivor of the alien contagion from the first novel, working with government agents and CDC doctors in a desperate race to prevent the contagion from spreading and opening a gate for something far deadlier to emerge into our world. Written in Sigler's trademark fast and choppy prose and short chapters, this novel rockets along like a bullet train to Hell, to a blazingly shocking ...more
Henri Moreaux
There's often the danger when you have a fantastic grabbing first novel in a trilogy that the follow up sequel will be unable to match the level of the first, or worse, a total let down. I am pleased to say Contagious is every bit as good as Infected, maybe even a little better.

As an immediate sequel to Infected there's not a great deal of character development which takes place as everyone has already been backgrounded in the prior instalment. The main exception to this is Perry Dawsey who
Jinto Menachery
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, sf
This is what called as "A Thriller", this kind of books make us want to read more than watch some squeezed out movie based on some books. Chauncey and Chelsea were really cute and I will miss them bad. Waiting for the next book in this series desperately...:)

After reading his 3 books in a row(Nocturnal, Infected and Contiguous) I wouldn't mind to call Scott Sigler today's Stephen king. His imagination is superb, books are real page turners and he always do his home works well. So I wouldn't mind
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Whatever skills Sigler has gained as a writer in this second volume, he undermines with casual sexism, racism, and homophobia. He introduced a character who is a woman of colour in a position of power, and at first I was pleased to see her until it became clear that she only existed for the white male protagonist to bully, discredit, humiliate, and triumph over.
I need to read the first book in this series. This was kind of hard to get into not knowing what was going on or to expect, but I really got into it. Interesting story line.
Ben Babcock
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I am listening to this series on audio. Second in the series there was some predictability but had many good fast paced exciting moments and a few surprises. There continues to be portions of pretty good scientific explanation of different processes - some people won't like that but I did. I was wondering how the author was going to get to the 3rd sequel given how the second book was developing and although I didn't expect him to go that route, I kind of feel like it was a bit weak for that ...more
Dean Macholl
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I gave the first book in the series five stars. So this gets 5+ It's a very good book. The infection is tweaked and causes more trouble than before. This book also has some answers to some of the questions I had from the first one, but not all. The story goes pretty much none stop with very few, if any, slow parts. I cannot wait to read the next book.
David Veith
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 Great fun! Picks up where the last one left off and just keeps going! The "triangles" try a new strategy, and a cute little girl turns into an evil little monster. Very fast paced, easy to read, and lots of action. Really lets you get to know some of the characters, but without over doing it. I would recommend this to anyone. Not sure where the 3rd books will go?
Robb Bridson
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Infected... but beneath the things I liked about it was a terrible book.
Infected held together because of the intense horror of Perry's condition, and its terrible cliches were defensible due to the B-movie, tongue in cheek feel of it all.
There was not even one likable character or any character that wasn't a depthless stereotype.. but you didn't need to like Perry in order to sympathize with him. And the actions of the parasite were interesting thanks to Sigler's skill at writing about
Theresa Leone Davidson
Three and a half stars, actually. Reasons I enjoyed the novel are first. Yes, it was very exciting, a race against the clock kind of thing to save humanity, literally, from aliens. The novel Infected was the first, it introduced the characters that are in Contagious, and the action takes place mere weeks after Infected ended. It is about triangles that embed themselves under the skin of unsuspecting human hosts, grow, and pop out (killing the host, of course) as ugly little creatures that are ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
They’re back and they’re more determined to set up a base in the U.S but time is running out. This series takes right off where Infected left off with Perry hearing the triangles conversing; only something is different this time. The chatter is different this time and there is one voice which is dominating the conversation. Perry doesn’t want to confront this voice and the feeling is mutual as Chelsea is told to stay away from this powerful force who is trying to track her down. This is not the ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The voices are back. Don’t worry, it’s just the voices in your head…or maybe it’s the contagion. Will you obey?

Scott Sigler nails the sequel to his sci-fi/horror novel “Infected”. This time the stakes are even higher. Scott picks up where he left off in the first book and takes you on a wild action ride (again). This time his rag tag group of heroes must battle the contagion and keep it from destroying an entire city. The infection is evolving, getting smarter, getting more violent and is
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
The story was really pretty good but I purchased this as an audio book. I saw the author, Scott Sigler, also did the narration. I thought this was a good thing because the author would know how he wants his characters to sound and how the story should be read. Unfortunately, now I truly know why there are professional narrators. While the story was good, Scott Sigler lacks the skill to narrate his book. This really impacted how much I enjoyed the story. So in summary, while this story might be a ...more
Joe Stamber
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Fine follow up to my first SS experience, "Infected". The story picks up sometime after Infected, with the main character somehow kept alive and in the (sort of) employ of the government. He's used to track down the alien bad guys, and as is usual with alien bad guys, the scientists/agents around him have different agendas. Contagious has a broader scope than Infected, and is a more satisfying read because of it. Of course, it's important that Infected is read first, as this draws the background ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
This was my first foray with Scott Sigler and boy did I enjoy it. He really knows how to write a page turner.

I was a little disappointed to find out that this was a follow-up to his Infected novel (which I didn't know when I first started it). It would have been nice of the publishers to include somewhere in the book that this was the case. It could definitely be read as a standalone but I am a stickler on these things and now I feel if I go and try and read Infected, my enjoyment will be
Nancy Johnson
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot that I'd already heard this book on audio before. I enjoyed it, though I loved the first book, Infected, much much better. This one was more about the fight against the invaders than their effect on humankind. Many of the characters were enjoyable, but those tough, mean military guys get cloned too often. I don't remember what I thought about the ending, but remember liking the book as a whole.
Ok so reading this novel was not nearly as entertaining as listening to the first one was. But man oh man does Detroit take a beating! I'm not sure if I plan on reading the third novel in the series. I'm pretty sure the author Scott Sigler said all he needed to in this last book and if I never read the third novel, I probably WILL be able to live with myself.

But than again, I might have to read it......

2.5 of 5 stars
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