- Hardcover: 434 pages
- Publisher: Harperteen (2 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062574175
- ISBN-13: 978-0062574176
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 the author of Contagion and its sequel, Immunity, the Taken trilogy, Vengeance Road, and Retribution Rails. You can visit her online at www.embowman.com.
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We follow the three escapees from Achlys: Thea, Coen and Nova, and introduce Amber as well as Naree – all taking pivotal roles in not only a political war, but one against the spread of the deadly bacteria.
We get the omnipresent perspective and insights into all the characters, and I like how the sections of the novel were broken up into locations.
The only thing that didn’t quite ring true for me was the pacing. Thea and Coen spent half the novel locked up in a cell, so it sapped all the action and pacing out of the novel.
There is slightly more romance and some of it tied into the Psychrobater achli with bonding pairs, but that felt a little forced rather than borne from a biological imperative, so it felt a little corny – as too did the telepathy. But the latter was a major plot point for the story so I can forgive these interesting side effects of the contagion.
While ‘Immunity’ is heavily plot driven, we get some character development as well. With everything the teens have to overcome and sacrifice, they grow up real fast and start taking into account the safety of planets above their own. Also having a spectrum of cultural backgrounds and sexuality as something every day and matter of fact was refreshing.
I absolutely loved Erin Bowman’s writing style and am definitely picking up her taken trilogy next. Hopeful I have discovered my next auto-but sci-fi author.
I can’t say I predicted this series all too well, I was always surprised by the plot twists and loved how Erin Bowman can craft a reveal.
Totally recommend this to sci-fi geeks like me everywhere, but the pacing wasn’t as good as the debut.
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Now, they’re not only fighting for their own survival, but also for the survival of all.
Immunity picks up right where Contagion left off with little to none in the way of recaps. Seeing as how Contagion was such a vivid read for me, I had no problems picking up right away. This also plays really well into the pacing of the duology as a whole.
Immunity goes a long was to open up the world that was only hinted at in the first book. It was a really interesting choice on Erin Bowman’s part to play it this way. It really solidifies the two stories together, each one half of a whole. I’d say the first book stands a little better on its own, until that awesome ending, but I don’t think Immunity would quite be the same without the lead in from Contagion which is one of the reasons I’ve really come to love duologies. I love how both sides of the story work as a unit.
I will say that I kind of missed the mystery and the seclusion of the first book. When we started, it’s a blank slate. We have to get to know the characters and their motivations, we had to learn what was killing people on Achlys, etc. In Immunity we know the score. We know that Coen, Thea, and Nova are going into a bad situation. We know that the people who are holding them captive don’t have their best interests at heart, instead intending to use them to further their own agenda. It took me a little bit longer to get into the plot of Immunity, I think, because it moved away from that mysterious “what’s going on?” to the more robust “how do we get out of here?” kind of deal.
It was very interesting to see the abilities displayed by Thea and Coen and how they continued to grow. As they play out, you can trace the subtle hints back to tie into the first book.
Contagion and Immunity work the way a duology is supposed to work. Playing off each other to offer readers a fully visualized future world. While maybe a little slower to find its legs, Immunity quickly picks up into a thrilling, high-stakes, conclusion.