3 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever pondered on what life might look like after the world is struck by an incurable pandemic? Do we end up with virus-worshipping fanatics? A world without free will and with human experimentation involving babies? A world led by power-hungry people plotting against each other and rife with violence? Such life exists in the year 2090, as presented by Tayma Tameem in Superbugs.
It is 2090, and the world is in chaos after it is struck by a deadly coronavirus. A lot of things have changed, and there is little or no compassion anywhere in the world. The lives of seven unrelated, but somehow connected, persons (each a piece in a puzzle) are explored. Lily Brayburn, a community leader, rescues Mabel, a pregnant prison escapee. Their lives become connected, but a threat facing them both changes their lives forever. Victor Stark—a cure-finder tired of being the Angel of Death—assists another prisoner, dubbed 11.22, with an escape plan. Gloria Van Leuven and Lupita Loera are powerful women locked in a power tussle, and Clarke Damon is an epidemiologist who gets tangled in a web of violence.
Amid the stark reality of violence, deception, maltreatment, and plotting, a great friendship and trust, however, brews between two women. These women possess admirable strength. Also, despite the growing power tussle in society, certain groups of people show comradeship and survive a test of togetherness. These people—driven by purpose, passion, and conscience—provide examples that even in darkness, one can be the light that shines.
I appreciate how exceptionally well-written this book is. The author takes the reader on a profound journey with interesting and relatable characters. I like that this book exudes much passion, and the brilliant use of humor and the play on words also make the book an interesting read. The writing style is quite terrific; it sucks the reader in and brings the characters to life. However, I find the ending rather rushed, unlike the pace of the other parts of the novel. There are several themes portrayed in the book, but the overarching plot appears lean and was not efficiently resolved.
Notwithstanding, I assign this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. With regard to the story, the title does not seem fitting, but this may be because this is the first in a series. Although it is a fascinating book to read, the ending was not spectacular. It lacked the thrill of a cliffhanger. This book is well-edited and has complex sentence structures. Vulgar expressions and words are absent from the book, but there are few violent scenes, which may make it unsuitable for a younger audience. Aside from this, Superbugs is an exciting read I would recommend for sci-fi enthusiasts.
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