Contagion (Contagion, #1)
It got in usAfter 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 decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Contagion (Contagion, #1) Details

TitleContagion (Contagion, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 24th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062574183
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Horror

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Contagion (Contagion, #1) Review

  • joanna ☽
    January 1, 1970
    you can read my full review early here on starburnt reads!help it’s 1:16am and I just finished reading this and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep now. SO GOOD. SO MURDERY. 4.25 stars
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 hooked from the very first page. This story was fast-paced, creepy, and full of intrigue and back-stabbing. There are so many different catalysts coming together to create this perfect storm of dread and suspense, whether it’s the infection itself, the people who already are infected, the storms on the planet they’re trapped on, malfunctioning equipment, or even just the fear that comes with not knowing who on their team they can or can’t trust—the distress rolling off of these characters is downright tangible, and you can’t help but fall right into that fear alongside them. “Trust me when I say the last thing you want to test is the power of nature.” Not only is the fear factor there, but the atmosphere in the storytelling is fantastic. Part of why I struggle with sci-fi sometimes is that it can be hard to fully immerse myself, but with Contagion, I felt like I was right there on Achlys with the crew. Something unique to this story, among other “infection” stories, is that everything feels perfectly plausible and imaginable, which lends another layer to the terror—there’s no major suspension of disbelief required to get sucked in to this one. Every lie he’d told—every half truth he’d yet to utter—was purposeful. If the Odyssey crew didn’t fight him, he could potentially save them all. On top of everything else, the story switches perspectives (all in third person, so it flows very smoothly), constantly giving you just pieces here and there of a character’s motives. Right to the end, even the reader can’t ever be entirely certain of who to trust, and it’s such a fantastic touch! There are several characters, each of them genuinely important, though some feel more three-dimensional than others, of course, such as the teen girls who serve as our two primary “narrators”: Thea, a Korean-Turkish biomedical intern, and Nova, a queer black pilot with a sight impairment (and the representation is executed well, in my opinion). “Follow the bloody footprints, they said. What could go wrong, they said.” All in all, Contagion was a delightful read from start to finish. I never once found myself bored, and honestly, now all I can think about is how long I’m going to have to wait on the sequel, which I desperately need right now! So, if you’re a fan of sci-fi or horror (but especially both), I strongly recommend this one.All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to HarperTeen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Erin Bowman
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 experience who’s looking to snag permanent work. While temporarily employed by drilling conglomerate Hevetz Industries, things go awry (naturally), and both girls find themselves on a rescue mission neither is qualified for.Who’s the sole survivor?I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Ahem. What I mean is, this is one of those stories where the less you know going in, the better, so I’m going to be a withholding jerk and tell you to read the book when it comes out. So when does it come out? July 24th, 2018!Can I pre-order it? Yes! The book is up for pre-order on most retail sites. You can also stalk the pinterest board until you wait for your copy, because July is a ways off still.This sounds so different than your westerns! Where the heck did the idea come from? I’ve actually been working on this story for ages. The idea first came to me back in 2012, from a dream, no less—my first novel inspired by a dream! Actually, it was more of a nightmare. At the time, I was busy writing other contracted projects, but I’ve been continually returning to this story whenever I have downtime and now it will finally be a book! If you follow me on pinterest, you’ll know this story was once titled Achlys, after the destination planet “lightyears away” in the above pitch.Why did you retitle it from Achlys to Contagion?Achlys, as a title, is tricky—hard to know how to pronounce (if you read it) and hard to know how to spell (if you hear about the book via word of mouth). Contagion doesn’t have that problem, plus it packs a punch. It’s mysterious, dangerous, dark—everything we needed the title to be. I’m really happy with it, and it speaks so well to the whole of the story.Does this mean you’re done with westerns? Why do you keep jumping between genres?Well, I have Retribution Rails, the companion to Vengeance Road, coming out in November 2017. And then, who knows! I love writing westerns, but I also love sci-fi. Just as I love dystopian. And I have the start of contemporary projects on my hard drive, as well as speculative fiction and fantasy. I read across genres and I especially love to write across genres. It keeps me on my toes, provides new challenges, and helps me grow as a writer. So, no, this doesn’t mean I’m done with westerns. It simply means nothing is off limits for me.Wait, don’t go! You haven’t answered my question. Leave it in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer it.I’ll also continue to answer questions and reveal teasers via my monthly newsletter, so be sure to subscribe if that sounds like your thing!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 sustainable energy source, corrarium, results in tensions among the planets. Hevetz Industries is the largest supplier of corrarium and is constantly in search of new locations where corrarium could be present leading to the events of this book..A crew of individuals including a scientist with a mysterious past (Lisbeth) and her intern (Thea), an unqualified captain due to nepotism (Dylan), a temp pilot (Nova), mechanic (Sullivan), and a couple tech guys (Toby & Cleaver) all stationed at a research facility are being sent on a rescue mission to a planet deemed uninhabitable after Hevetz received an SOS and decided this group was the closest to answer the distress call.No one is excited about this mission. Except for maybe Dylan who is concerned about her father who is among the team that sent out the SOS. Hearing where they are headed only freaks everyone out more. How is it even possible that they are drilling for corrarium there? The last time anyone was on Achyls, everyone died except for the child of two scientists. No one ever figured out what happened. Oh, and that child is now the scientist with the mysterious past. What happened back then? And why is Lisbeth so scared to return?This one definitely has creepy vibes throughout. I was on the edge of my seat with suspense trying to figure out what was happening. In ways, I got 172 Hours on the Moon vibes. Although, that one spooked me way more. There are some things that still need explaining, but being that there is a sequel, I can’t speak on how much it all makes sense quite yet.I will say that Erin Bowman has proved she has genre range. The last book I read from her was Vengeance Road which is very, very different from this.
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  • Jodi Meadows
    January 1, 1970
    CONTAGION perfectly toes the line between science fiction thriller and horror. I couldn't stop reading.
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. It wasn’t until people started dying off that I was interested, and even then it was sort of a struggle. Eventually the action happens and there’s a few interesting reveals, but I was never captivated. Overall, it was a set up I loved; however, it lacked the tension a story like this needs. I just found out it’s a series and I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the next one. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 eerie and full of action, but with maybe two exceptions I wanted to throw every character out of an airlock. And the problem is a few of them, for sure, are supposed to be unlikeable; stubborn, irresponsible, annoying, and, worse, unable to accept fault or admit error. And yet they still really dragged this experience down for me. Also, I was surprised to discover this was not a standalone! I feel like when I added it to my tbr it didn't yet have a series indicator, though maybe it did and that's on me, but I was very taken aback when this ended so abruptly. Don't get me wrong it's a good, if a tiny bit predictable, ending (in the sense of where the characters are at, not what's happened to the characters themselves) and I will definitely read on because the part that makes this spooky has some totally awesome elements at play and I loved how visual Bowman's descriptions could be. You could totally picture this in your head. If you liked the spooky factor that was present in GEMINA, but liked the sorta-evil corporation politics of the Starbound trilogy, I think you'll like CONTAGION. 3.25 "follow the bloody footprints, they said. what could go wrong, they said" stars** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 different from Bowman’s other book “Vengeance Road” (I have yet to read “Retribution Rails so I can’t speak for it) so if you’re looking for something different, good news you found it! I enjoyed “Vengeance Road” but I’m much more pleased with “Contagion”! Plot The story revolves around a ragtag team being sent out to investigate a distress beacon on a distant planet and find it almost completely abandoned. I mean what could possibly go wrong, right? I won’t say anymore about it because all of the suspense and mystery is what made the book so flippin’ good! Just know that this is very much a horror book with lots of intense scenes and it involves infection/contagion, hence the title “Contagion”. I would compare it to the movie ‘Prometheus’ (the Alien prequel) easily, so I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that if you liked that movie you’ll enjoy this book!The pacing is super fast and there’s constant action and twists, there are definitely no dull moments in “Contagion”. There were times where I had to put the book down because things got so intense and I couldn’t handle it! Another thing I really liked was that the characters (minus one, because there’s always one) were all pretty smart about what was going on considering the space horror movie-esque setting. Of course someone had to mess it up for everyone though or we wouldn’t have had much of a book, still I can appreciate characters who have common sense!There were also multiple POVs that would jump around between about 8 different characters at random. Although there were two main characters the narrative followed more closely, I still thought it was a little confusing to jump around inside POVs without warning. However, I did like the insight each POV presented me with so it wasn’t too bad.As for the world building, there wasn’t much but for a horror book that didn’t surprise or disappoint me. There were some tidbits thrown in about the current state of the government ruling two different planetary systems and a brewing rebellion so I think this is going to come into play a lot more in the sequel.There’s no romance either! This book is all about the space horror and survival, nobody has time for romance! Although I could see a future romance perhaps developing between two of the characters, there wasn’t a discussion of feelings or crushes for those two in the book. However, one of the MCs, Nova, does have an unrequited crush on the captain that tends to cloud her judgement so that is mentioned the most. But still no romance!Also it’s a pretty cliffhanger ending that has me DEAD right now, can I have the sequel now please? CharactersI actually thought the characters were done pretty well considering the genre of book they were in, we got quite a bit of backstory on the two main characters, Thea and Nova, which was nice since it helped explain their motives and actions throughout the story. I liked how brave and badass they were in their own ways and still had character flaws too.The other characters were pretty good too, they were decently developed for side characters and had their own personalities. Was I crazy about any of them? No, not really but they weren’t bad by any means.There’s also diversity! Thea is described as being of Turkish and Asian descent and Nova (as well as her cousin on the team, Sullivan) is described as having darker colored skin although her actual race/ancestry isn’t ever stated. Nova is also a lesbian BUT she could also be bisexual or pansexual since it’s never actually said by her in the book, she prefers women though.In ConclusionWhat I Loved:Everything!Super fast pacing and lots of actionIt’s scary intense sci-fi horror!No dull moments with plenty of suspense and plot twistsNo romanceInteresting and diverse charactersWhat I Didn’t Love:That cliffhanger, I need the sequel! Recommend? I’m probably going to spend the rest of my life recommending this book to anyone and everyone, I just loved it so freaking much! I would recommend “Contagion” especially though to those of you who: Love sci-fi and don’t mind some scaresLove horror and like a space setting at the same timeLove infection/contagion/plague type storiesWant to read an amazing yet terrifying story!GO PRE-ORDER! GO! GO! GO!
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  • Jess (◕‿◕✿)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 they might all be doomed, but I had and I has happy with the outcome. Where’s the next book?! I want it now!This is a SF-triller of sorts. I wouldn’t call it horror, because the writing style does not set the mood that way. It’s intriguing, fast paced, disturbing at times, but it never felt like horror - I was glad, to be honest, but they are advertising it that way and I think some people might be disappointed if they go into with with this sort of expectations.Though it ends with a cliffhanger, it’s a soft one. It both sounds like a good place to stop and it makes the reader want to be able to grab the next book in a hurry. I am dying to read the sequel!!!The action is great! Seriously, it was an edge gripping kind of story that made me turn pages like a mad woman. I started reading it during daylight (because I thought it was a horror book, remember?) and came back to it at night after the kid was asleep (because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I wanted badly to know what comes next). It reminded me in a way of Mira Grant’s books, but with a faster pace - waaaay faster :)) Anyways, I loved it. I’ll do my best to have a full review soon, because this is one of my favorite reads this year! Loved, loved, loved it!!
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  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    Ooohh this sounds very alien-esque?! The bar is high. PLEASE BE SCARY.
  • Clephiro
    January 1, 1970
    So, going into the book, I was kinda expecting like Dead Space or something. What I got? Definitely the deadly outbreak, and despite the characters INSISTING there are no such thing as zombies, they were kind of zombie-like.So this crew consists of the dumbest commander ever - Dylan. Despite the fact that the planet is the site of a former massacre, and receiving an SOS, she insists that her incredibly unqualified crew investigate. Even though there are repeated warnings about the danger of the So, going into the book, I was kinda expecting like Dead Space or something. What I got? Definitely the deadly outbreak, and despite the characters INSISTING there are no such thing as zombies, they were kind of zombie-like.So this crew consists of the dumbest commander ever - Dylan. Despite the fact that the planet is the site of a former massacre, and receiving an SOS, she insists that her incredibly unqualified crew investigate. Even though there are repeated warnings about the danger of the planet, she doesn't back down and initiates a series of events that gets the majority of her crew killed.Nova - the temp flight pilot is one of the few characters that I could stand. She actually makes (mostly) reasonable decisions.Sullivan, Cleaver and Toby didn't live long enough or have enough page time to actually make an impression. The doctor, Thea and Coen are COMPLETELY fine starting a global pandemic because they want their selfish asses to get off the planet that they are currently on. It's totally just an acceptable risk. I just could not believe how dumb they acted with regards to the future of the HUMAN RACE.The writing was decent and it was nice seeing a horror/sci-fi book. But the characters make the DUMBEST choices, I couldn't even deal. I was worried that I would rage-quit with anger.
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    I could have read this in one sitting but I’ve been so busy lately that I didn’t have a chance. Super fast paced sci-fi thriller that had me hooked from the start. Very creepy in some parts, it had me freaking out while I was reading late at night. And now I need book 2 please!
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    There was a lot to like about this, but I've just read too many great science fiction novels lately, and this one was good, but it didn't measure up. Why?1. The characters had no chemistry with each other. Lots of characters die, but that's not why. They just read very cardboard to me, and it's a problem when the potential (view spoiler)[ F/F relationship is cut off before it even gets started. (hide spoiler)]2. The pacing was a bit off. The book is slow to get started, which would have been fin There was a lot to like about this, but I've just read too many great science fiction novels lately, and this one was good, but it didn't measure up. Why?1. The characters had no chemistry with each other. Lots of characters die, but that's not why. They just read very cardboard to me, and it's a problem when the potential (view spoiler)[ F/F relationship is cut off before it even gets started. (hide spoiler)]2. The pacing was a bit off. The book is slow to get started, which would have been fine if the author was creating a tone of foreboding, but it just read very flat. I want lots of atmosphere when I'm reading books about contagious viruses that make people attack each other. Once the killing started, it got better. But it wasn't enough for me.So you're probably wondering which science fiction books I loved so much that this didn't measure up to. You're in luck! I've got recs.Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (July 2018) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...The Paradox Trilogy by Rachel Bach- This one is an oldie (2014) but a goodie. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine - I love everything Rachel Caine writes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...All of these were better than Contagion for me. And look, Contagion was an acceptable book, but if you're like me, you can only read so many books in a lifetime, and you want to read the really good ones.
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. While I’m not generally a big sci-fi reader, I was intrigued enough by the premise of Contagion to want to give it a shot. This is a story that reminds me of a Doctor Who episode, part sci-if and part thriller, and I was on the edge of my seat for a good chunk of it. There are two reasons I couldn’t quite give it a higher rating — I didn’t really develop strong connections with any of the characters, and the pacing is a little slower at the start. Still enjoyable for what it is though 3.5 stars. While I’m not generally a big sci-fi reader, I was intrigued enough by the premise of Contagion to want to give it a shot. This is a story that reminds me of a Doctor Who episode, part sci-if and part thriller, and I was on the edge of my seat for a good chunk of it. There are two reasons I couldn’t quite give it a higher rating — I didn’t really develop strong connections with any of the characters, and the pacing is a little slower at the start. Still enjoyable for what it is though, and I’m curious about how the story continues.
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  • Genna
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.An internship as the assistant to renowned scientist Lisbeth Tarlow is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ambitious Thea has been working towards. But when an urgent distress call comes from a drilling operation on a mysterious and distant planet, Thea and a skeleton crew are dispatched to respond to the SOS. However, upon arrival, what should be a routine search-and-rescue quickly escalates into something far more sinister wh I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.An internship as the assistant to renowned scientist Lisbeth Tarlow is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ambitious Thea has been working towards. But when an urgent distress call comes from a drilling operation on a mysterious and distant planet, Thea and a skeleton crew are dispatched to respond to the SOS. However, upon arrival, what should be a routine search-and-rescue quickly escalates into something far more sinister when the crew finds the site in a serious state of disarray and littered with bodies. But in their ill-advised and sloppy quest for answers, Thea and the others will quickly discover that monsters lie in wait in the shadows and nothing could prepare them for the nightmare they are about to unleash.Horrific, thrilling, and utterly immersive. Contagion is the perfect creepy blend of science-fiction and horror, but with a plot that is driven by suspense and character experience, as opposed to depending on gore and the scare-factor. I would not say that the ending was overly surprising in regards to the final circumstances of the primary characters, but this did not detract from the overall reading experience. I have seen complaints of a slow start, but I appreciated the opportunity to build connections with the characters and become familiarized with the world, while I felt that the pacing added to the building suspense. The alternating perspectives worked for me because all of the characters are experiencing the same set of circumstances, which makes for a more nuanced plot, as opposed to just confusing readers with jarring leaps between story lines. My gut rating for Contagion is five stars because, despite a few flaws, I could not put this book down. A thrilling space survival story with monsters lurking around every corner. The sequel of Contagion is going to be one of my most anticipated reads of (hopefully) 2019._____________________________YES. Everything I wanted, Bowman delivered. Review to come.
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  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    January 1, 1970
    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!It's no secret around my blog that I LOVE horror! Horror books, horror movies, horror shows - I love them all. So when I saw this compared to 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, but set in space, I knew it was going to be the book for me!Contagion begins by introducing us to the crew who is dragged into this rescue mission that they aren't at all qualified for. The main characters are Thea, a microbiology intern who's assisting a renowned scientist, and No Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!It's no secret around my blog that I LOVE horror! Horror books, horror movies, horror shows - I love them all. So when I saw this compared to 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, but set in space, I knew it was going to be the book for me!Contagion begins by introducing us to the crew who is dragged into this rescue mission that they aren't at all qualified for. The main characters are Thea, a microbiology intern who's assisting a renowned scientist, and Nova, a pilot who really isn't ready for a mission this intense. Both girls were interesting characters with well developed backstories and I ended up really enjoying both of them. The side characters were equally well written, although there is of course one that I utterly despise.Dylan, the captain of the crew, is a complete moron without a single redeeming quality. She's set up as a romantic interest, but I honestly couldn't have cared less if she'd been eaten in the second chapter. She had no qualms about risking every single other person under her command to serve her own interests. I did understand her initial reasoning, but it came to a point where I just couldn't believe that anyone in a military command position would be that stupid. But I digress.Contagion starts slowly, but the action quickly picks up once the rescue crew makes it to the planet that issued the distress signal. Things go south quickly when they realize that they're too late. The crew they've come to help is dead or missing and they have no idea why, and no idea whether they should stay to find out.Like I said earlier, the main selling point of this book was the horror aspect. It's in the FIRST sentence of the synopsis! And, while this was an interesting book with an undeniable creep factor, it really wasn't terrifying. I love the idea of having to unravel what happened to wipe out an entire crew, but the way that they got there and the repetitiveness of some of the horror left me wanting more. That isn't to say that it was bad, by any means! I think a lot of people who are less eager to be kept up at night with the lights on will probably love this. Personally, I expect more scares from a good horror book.Still, the story was a good one. There isn't much I can say without spoilers, but the whodunnit aspect of Contagion was fantastically done and there were multiple twists that surprised me. This book is fast paced with a creepy atmosphere! It does end on a cliffhanger, but not a terribly frustrating one, and there is a tiny hint of romance. If you're looking for a good, creepy science fiction thriller, this is probably a book you'll love! Just don't come looking for anything as terrifying as 28 Days Later.Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Contagion is one of those books that are really hard to review. Not because it's a mediocre book (because it's definitely not), but because there's only so much I can say without spoiling it. After receiving an urgent distress call from a secret drilling station on a distant, mysterious planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to respond. When they arrive, they find an abandoned site littered with bodies. What should Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Contagion is one of those books that are really hard to review. Not because it's a mediocre book (because it's definitely not), but because there's only so much I can say without spoiling it. After receiving an urgent distress call from a secret drilling station on a distant, mysterious planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to respond. When they arrive, they find an abandoned site littered with bodies. What should have been a routine search-and-rescue and has turned into a nightmare. And the team must figure out who – or what – has happened and make it off the planet alive. I'm a sucker for intense and eerie sci-fi thrillers, especially ones involving abandoned space-stations and deadly contagions. And Contagion is so perfectly creepy. It's not often I find myself so immersed in a story and characters, but Erin Bowman captured my attention throughout. It has edge-of-your-seat thrills, a gripping mystery, intense storytelling, fantastic characters and interactions, and such unique and flawed personalities. I especially enjoyed the group dynamics, even if some of the characters were kind of unbearable.Overall, I found that Contagion was soooo amazing! Tense, on the edge of your seat thrills, AMAZING characters (seriously, I ADORED Thea), and a super creepy vibe. If you're a fan of Illuminae, I 100% think you would love this too. I am excited (and totally impatient) to get my hands on the next book.
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from Edelweiss and the publisher for review consideration.I picked up Contagion because the synopsis hinted at space zombies. And really, if you're a zombie fiend, how can you pass up a chance to witness your favorite shamblers on another planet? I certainly couldn't. Even if it was in a YA book.I'm pleased to report that though there is a bit of romantic feelings hinted at in Contagion, it doesn't take center stage like you might expect. I appreci Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from Edelweiss and the publisher for review consideration.I picked up Contagion because the synopsis hinted at space zombies. And really, if you're a zombie fiend, how can you pass up a chance to witness your favorite shamblers on another planet? I certainly couldn't. Even if it was in a YA book.I'm pleased to report that though there is a bit of romantic feelings hinted at in Contagion, it doesn't take center stage like you might expect. I appreciated that. No love triangles, either. This was a book that didn't deny the feelings that affect people's decisions, but definitely focused more on the actual story itself.  I also liked the ending and how the author avoided getting super Happily Ever After in it. There was heartbreak, hope, and fear in equal amounts.Contagion wasn't one of my favorite reads. The space zombies didn't come into effect until after the forty percent point. And that forty percent did not excite me. I walked away from the book several times in frustration. Once they did  appear - and keep in mind that these are space zombies, so your regular zombie rules may not apply - it was definitely a bit easier to keep focused. The action picked way up, and then it was pretty much non-stop.Overall, once it got rolling, it was a fun read. It just took a bit too long to hook me. The dialogue was decent. The characters a mix of likable and just-needs-throat-punched. I would actually (I know, you can gasp in shock here) still be interested in picking up the second book in the series even though the first one didn't exactly thrill me. I think that says something.
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  • JJ || This Dark Material
    January 1, 1970
    The plot races forward with some genuine scares, although I'd hoped for a more character-driven core to the story. As the first part in a new series though, there's plenty of room to develop those who survived Achlys. Contagion clearly serves as a set-up for the larger conflict to come and does so in a mostly entertaining fashion. Full review coming 7/2018!
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  • Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
    January 1, 1970
    Contagion is a dark horror/suspense/thriller scfi-fi with space zombies(kind of), mysterious characters and a danger that could threaten the human race. The story follows a mismatched crew of eight unqualified people who are sent on a rescue mission to another planet after a distress call comes in. The crew sets out to a drill set up on the planet where they are supposed to be mining a substance. When they arrive on planet to complete their mission they are in for a real shock, everyone is dead. Contagion is a dark horror/suspense/thriller scfi-fi with space zombies(kind of), mysterious characters and a danger that could threaten the human race. The story follows a mismatched crew of eight unqualified people who are sent on a rescue mission to another planet after a distress call comes in. The crew sets out to a drill set up on the planet where they are supposed to be mining a substance. When they arrive on planet to complete their mission they are in for a real shock, everyone is dead. The story is told from multiple POVs including two main characters; Thea and Nova and several side characters, all POVs were essential to the story. The beginning of the book was rather slow, I found it pretty difficult to get into the story. It wasn't until the 140 page mark that it started to get interesting for me. Once things got interesting I couldn't put the book down! The book got increasingly darker as the story went on and it will keep you flipping the pages. Most of the characters were well done I especially liked Thea who is a seventeen year old intern to a Microbiologist. Thea hasn't had an easy life she grew up as a foster child and was told 'don't strive for too much because you cant do it'. Well Thea will prove those people wrong, shes smart, brave, strong cunning and incredibly quick thinking.There are a few characters that will make you want to pull your hair out such as Dylan. She's in charge of the missions and shes trying to impress the company she works for and impress her dad. She is incredibly big headed and will not listen to her crew members. Its her word or nothing. She willingly puts her crew in danger for no other reason than her being too proud. While most of the characters were okay they all seemed to have poor decision making skills which seems to be the case in most books. There were a few instances were they just made HORRIBLE choices and put themselves into unnecessary situations. While the story wasn't incredibly original it was enough to keep me interested. Anyone who likes sci-fi, horror/suspense and dark stories should give this a shot. Fans of The Illuminae Files and Nyxia will enjoy this. This is the only book I have read by Erin Bowman and I really enjoyed her writing style. I liked that she wasn't afraid to hurt her characters and make things dark. Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for sending me an advanced copy for review.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this sounds twisty and plague-ey and creepy and I love it. I don't tend to be one for scifi but I'm super excited!
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Contagion is a zombie-ish horror that is a thrill ride from start to finish. Imagine watching something like Resident Evil - okay they weren't particularly great movies but still - the tension that is built up in such a terrifying scenario? That is what Contagion maintains throughout. Personally, I felt it delivered very well on what is promised in the blurb. The story set-up, that is, the world is explained in two prefaces - one for the development of the planetary systems, and another setting Contagion is a zombie-ish horror that is a thrill ride from start to finish. Imagine watching something like Resident Evil - okay they weren't particularly great movies but still - the tension that is built up in such a terrifying scenario? That is what Contagion maintains throughout. Personally, I felt it delivered very well on what is promised in the blurb. The story set-up, that is, the world is explained in two prefaces - one for the development of the planetary systems, and another setting the stage for where the plot will unfold - its short, to the point, and lets us plunge smoothly into the action from the first chapter. The crew from Sotor goes to answer a distress call from Black Quarry on F-1, a journey that has them traveling through light years in space. When they reach, things are eerie and spooky, to say the least. Dead bodies around, no clear cause of death, and the actual rescue team arriving more than a day behind them, their captain Dylan orders them all to do a complete sweep of the drilling operation, because her father was the commander and she wants to know what happened to him. Around the one-third mark, the horror portion of the book starts, with them being victimized by an unknown contagion that spreads rapidly through bodily fluids and scratches. Then come the zombie hordes! (Okay not exactly zombies but I liked that line) It then becomes a fight for survival and finding a way to get off the god-forsaken planet, even though Dylan is stubborn about it. One after another crew members are getting picked off, and you are left on the edge of your seat wondering about questions like who will survive, what exactly is causing it, what is the doctor hiding, and many more. I admit I had to put the book down several times because the anxiety was riding high. The book is from multiple third-person perspectives; primarily it is Nova (the pilot) and Thea (the intern) narrating, but occasionally there are also others, including the infected. It doesn't go much into characterization, at least not overtly - the developments in the relationships between this ragtag crew is subtle, and the dynamic between most of them is hostile, which is understandable considering the circumstances. There is no romance, but Nova harbors feelings for Dylan, and which makes it difficult for her to leave her behind, but doesn't keep her from opposing the latter's bull-headedness. I was definitely not a fan of Dylan, because 50% of the problems arose because she couldn't be bothered to listen to warnings, and she basically steamrolls over the other characters, risking their lives. Thea was an interesting counterpart to Dylan, because she is level-headed for the most part, and pragmatic enough to consider the best survival options. There are various antagonists throughout the book, but perhaps human nature is the biggest antagonist for them. Their troubles may be from nature, and environment but their circumstances are worsened by emotionality. The ending sets itself a bit apart from the tone of the rest of the book, maybe because it goes to explain some background as well as set up things for the next book. The politics of the two systems is lightly touched upon in this book, but it does provide a strong base for the direction of the next story. I am very excited for what the sequel will hold, even if might not be a fast-paced thriller like this one, and how Nova and Thea will prevent an inter-galactic war. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss.
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  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    Friends, this book absolutely blew me away. Contagion was one of my most anticipated releases and one that surpassed my expectations completely. This is hands-down one of my favorite reads of 2018.Fun fact: when I was in the eighth grade I borrowed my grandmother's copy of The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston and decided that I wanted to be a microbiologist so I could work with contagious hot diseases for the CDC. That book sparked an intel Friends, this book absolutely blew me away. Contagion was one of my most anticipated releases and one that surpassed my expectations completely. This is hands-down one of my favorite reads of 2018.Fun fact: when I was in the eighth grade I borrowed my grandmother's copy of The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston and decided that I wanted to be a microbiologist so I could work with contagious hot diseases for the CDC. That book sparked an intellectual curiosity in me for science that has never wavered (I almost got my Associate's Degree in Microbio before switching to Anthropology three-quarters of the way through). The science and infectious disease aspects of this book really spoke to me, beyond being an amazing piece of science fiction and horror. (Because yes, this book is terrifying and I am glad I didn't read it at night.) It got in us and most are dead. Decklan flew for help. Don’t trust the kid. Fast-paced and instantly engaging, Contagion is one of the best examples of atmospheric writing that I have encountered in the horror and science fiction arena, which adds to the reading experience as I was fully immersed in the world that Bowman carefully crafted. Each of the characters are flawed and complex, with pasts that dictate their present behavior in understandable ways (if not frustrating... my reading experience was akin to screaming "behind you!" when watching horror movies). Each character experiences growth and development, even secondary characters, and while I would definitely characterize this as a plot-driven story the reader is just as invested in the characters and their plight. "Follow the bloody footprints, they said. What could go wrong, they said." The worldbuilding beyond the contained environment that the book is set within is done organically, bit by bit as it served to bring the larger narrative and framework for the series into focus but never felt like an info dump. Underlying the horror that the Odyssey's crew encounters while embarking on their response to a distress signal on Achlys is also a complex social and political structure. Unveiled slowly and organically within the narrative, we learn that there are rebels that want to secede from the United Planetary Coalition. Was this secret drilling endeavor part of a plan to leave the union? Or a way to strengthen it? The character's discussions and varying opinions about this sounded very similar to Brexit debates. An inky blackness that swam and twisted and curled like ribbons. This book is incredibly well written and beautiful in its horror; the atmospheric writing having me on the edge of my seat for about five hours straight as I devoured the words in search of what would happen next. Mistrust and fear permeate off of the characters and carried off of the page onto me and I cared for each of their well-being. (Even Dylan, whose actions frustrated me.) I cannot wait for the second book in this series and for the rest of the world to be able to read this book! I never found myself bored and essentially read this entire book in one sitting. If you like horror and science fiction, I cannot recommend this book enough. Pre-order campaign get a signed bookplate, bookmark, stickers, and a poster & be entered to win a grand prize (annotated ARC!) by submitting your receipt by 23:59 EDT July 23rd. (INTL)Many thanks to HarperCollins for providing me an electronic ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Quotations were taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication.This was my first read in my 24in48 Readathon.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars I thinkThis was really good!! Super fast paced and INTENSE! Whoo what a ride!!!
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Contagion was such a fast paced and intense book! I have to say that I was a little hesitant at first because I haven’t read a ton of sci-fi but I’ve seem to have gotten into it lately so I had high hopes for this book!Like I said, Contagion is super fast paced, there’s honestly not a dull moment throughout this whole book! If you like survival stories and sci-fi, then this is the book for you!
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    When I first heard about this book, and saw that cover, I knew I had to read it. Because I love space things. Especially books that reminds me about Alien. Which this one did, and very much too. So thrilled that I got to read this one early, as I ended up loving it very much. Eee. So good. And the writing was perfect; I loved it.I don't know where to begin with this book. The beginning is a bit slow, yet I did like getting to know the different main characters. The writing is stunning, and just When I first heard about this book, and saw that cover, I knew I had to read it. Because I love space things. Especially books that reminds me about Alien. Which this one did, and very much too. So thrilled that I got to read this one early, as I ended up loving it very much. Eee. So good. And the writing was perfect; I loved it.I don't know where to begin with this book. The beginning is a bit slow, yet I did like getting to know the different main characters. The writing is stunning, and just reading about space had me so happy. Eee. I'm not going to talk too much about the plot, about how the story starts and such. Just going to share why I loved it.This book is told from a few different point of views, sometimes from a few crew members that were not main characters. But all point of views were interesting, and needed to be there. I would say that the main characters were Nova and Thea. I very much loved getting to know these two girls. This story is about how a small ship with only eight people are sent to rescue a larger ship that has stopped responding on this mostly unknown and creepy planet. There is also some political things in this book, which bored me a little bit, but was interesting too. I liked learning more about this world, and would love to see different places too, in the next book. But for this one, all of it takes place on this creepy planet. Mostly inside the ships. I loved it so. All was awesome.There is a whole lot of things going on with this book. I did find the beginning a bit slow and boring, which is why this is a four star, but I liked reading it even so, as I did enjoy getting to know all these characters. Thea is a young intern, working for this very old doctor woman. And I loved Thea the very most. She has no training in killing or fighting, yet she is so fierce and brave at times. I wish to know even more about this girl. Her life seemed a bit sad, and I loved that too. Simply adored reading about Thea. Loved her so.Nova was also pretty incredible. She is almost nineteen, and is an awesome pilot. Though because of some eye issues, she can not get the jobs she wants. I very much liked getting to know this girl too. She was awesome. But, well, her crush on the captain was so wrong. Loved that she was into girls. But that captain was all kinds of horrible, ahh, and I want much better for Nova. I'm glad there was no romance in this book, lol, because that woman did not deserve Nova at all. Hmph. Nova was awesome. Adored her.There are a few other characters in this book too, but not going to talk about them. This book is about this small crew going to investigate why no one have heard from this other big ship for two months. What they find out is that they are all dead. And learning the why for that was all kinds of interesting and exciting. I loved reading about it, and figuring out how they had all died. And how there were something awful in this planet. It was a bit scary and I loved it so. So much like Alien too, which was just awesome. I love space.What they do find, however, is one survivor. A young man. And oh, how I loved reading about Coen. Eee. I think I might have loved him the most. And shipped him and Thea the most. Ack. This book takes place in less than a day, ack, so things are moving so fast. Getting to know Coen was all kinds of fun. And sad too, considering he has been alone on this planet for two months now. With some other things too. And eee. It was so awesome to read about. And rude. And I enjoyed it all very much. I only need more. Ahh.I'm not going to say much more about this book. Just that I loved it a whole bunch. There is space. And death. And great characters. And also this awesome twist about the contagion, that I loved very much. And am simply dying to read more about in the next book. Ahh. It's going to be so good. If I survive the wait for it. Hmph. I loved how strong Thea and Nova ended up being, when the rescue mission went bad, when they had to fight to survive. Some mistakes are made, sure, but oh, I just loved these girls so much.The reason for why I'm giving this book a four star is because I found almost the first half of the book to be kind of boring. I got a little bit tired of reading about the different crew members, and nothing exciting happened. But when it finally got exciting, I couldn't have loved this book more. Eee. Very happy about that. Also wishing there had been romance in this one. As there was none. No hints even. But I feel very sure there will be a romance in book two. At least, I hope so, because I ship Thea and Coen very much.Contagion was all kinds of scary and exciting. I adored the characters and could not wait to know what would happen next. The final half of the book was so good, and everything I wanted from this book. Lots of death. A little bit of hope. And utterly crushing too. Because that ending was so rude, and I'm not sure how I will survive waiting for the second book. Hmph. I need to know what happens next. It's going to be so good, and I can't wait. Huge thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Edelweiss. So happy I got it.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.no/2018/0...
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  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always up for anything alien related so reading this book was the obvious thing to do.Contagion goes IN! People die, some just seem so and some are hunted. There is so much tension. I couldn't put this book down. I need more! Will definitely read the sequel.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, wow, this book was so freaking good! I couldn't put it down, I just read! So fast-paced, and so readable! And such a great thriller! The ending was evil, and I need book 2 now!
  • Alyson Kent
    January 1, 1970
    The absolute WORST thing about receiving this ARC is the fact that I have to wait a year for the sequel. GAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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