As a huge fan of pre- and post-apocalyptic fiction I can tell you, hand on heart, that I absolutely love this book.
Druga sets out the stall for Flu excellently - through a unique set of circumstances, the unthinkable happens and a deadly strain of the flu, kept under wraps and studied to no solution for decades in government laboratories is unleashed on the world.
Druga' stale focuses on America and, for once, small town America. She pays enough brief homage to civilisation collapse in the major cities for me to be satisfied. I took a lot of pleasure reading about the reaction from an isolated and closely-knit community.
This book has two major pillars of strength; its pacing and its characterisation. The former was enough to make this book a literal page-turner. I had to stop to move myself from the beach to the hotel, but that was about it. I couldn't stop reading the Flu until the admittedly oxymoronic beautifully bitter end. And because of Druga's other masterful craftsmanship - the characterisation - I was openly weeping.
I have compared this book to The Stand, and whilst Druga's Flu does not afflict people in the same way, its characters were more loveable, and its ending less groan-inducing.
If you haven't bought this book yet, I implore you to. If you're a fan of TEOTWAWKI fiction, whichever side of the kill event, this is a must-own book.
- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Lbf Books Llc (30 November 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885093489
- ISBN-13: 978-1885093486
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
- Customer Reviews: 440 customer ratings