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The Second Cure Paperback – 30 July 2018

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Control the brain and you control the world.

In a fractured nation, two women are left with a choice - risk all to bring humanity together or let it fall apart.

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After practising in criminal law, Margaret became a professional writer, working as a screenwriter and script editor in television for many well-regarded Australian drama series (Water Rats/A Country Practice/GP).
Margaret's short fiction, reviews and journalism has been published in Meanjin and Going Down Swinging. Her works for stage (librettos for music theatre) have been performed to critical acclaim and full houses at major Australian arts festivals.
Margaret recently completed a bachelor's degree in Advanced Science in Biology at Macquarie University, where she focused on plant science, genetics and parasitology. While studying, she won a prize for popular science writing in an international competition judged by Professor Richard Dawkins.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ADULT LOCAL VINTAGE - MASS MKT (30 July 2018)
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143790234
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143790235
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.7 x 3 x 23.3 cm
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Dion Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not as good as the reviews claim.
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not as good as the reviews claim.
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2018
A plague is killing all the cats on Earth. When it adapts and infects humans it is no longer lethal, but it does result in some interesting side effects. Those infected develop synaesthesia. The effect this has on them depends on the type they get. For Queensland’s hard right, it doesn’t matter. They are the unclean. So disgusting that North Queensland cedes Australia to become its own state Capricornia and throws the infected out.

The book was interesting and to some degree unique. The science is complex but it is dumbed down sufficiently that a layperson can understand it and still follow the plot. What I particularly liked about this book was that it took on two themes, politics and religion, that are traditionally no-go topics. The characters are interesting and refreshingly, the book isn’t character driven. Unfortunately, the plot is a little lacklustre and this is where the book is let down.

In the first part, Zinn is trying to find a cure and is seeking adequate funding, which is of course tangled in politics, not to mention a complex relationship at home. I was enthralled in this but in the space of a chapter all of this suddenly comes to an end and part one is over. It jarred significantly and worst of all the stories pace and tension had ended so that it was like starting a new book. The second part was not as interesting. There was still plenty going on, especially in Capricornia which had become a fascist police state. However, the author did not build enough tension around this and scenes were resolved too quickly. Especially the great escape across the border into Queensland.

The ending was disappointing. Firstly, so controversial that I was reminded why I don’t trust scientist and why they need massive oversight. Secondly, because we do not get to see what the effect of their actions was. The book again stops abruptly and I am left feeling cheated. There are hints of what happened in the epilogue, but this just doesn’t cut it. In hindsight, I think rather than having two parts in one novel, the story should have been told across two books. There was plenty of material to do this and this would have mitigated the jarring and disappointments.

Having said this, the book is still a good read and I will certainly be reading more from this author in the future. I will also be watching the film, currently in the pipes, should it eventuate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Reviewed in the United States on 1 November 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense in the science...
Reviewed in the United States on 12 August 2018
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