I love post-apocalyptic fiction, the darker the better. The first two books in Jeff Carlson's trilogy didn't disappoint, both were great reads chronicling the epic struggle of a world in the after math of a machine plague. I was anxious to start Plague Zone but life kept intruding. When I was finally able to open the book, I couldn't put it down. It can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone story but you'll be missing out if you don't read Plague War and Plague Year.
Three years after a nanotech plague spread across the world killing all those who lived below 10,000 feet altitude, humanity is barely surviving. Cam Najarro and his wife, Allison, who is four months pregnant, are living in a small community in Colorado. A woman breaches their perimeter and they discover she's carrying a new plague that affects the brain, essentially turning people into zombies. It was released by the Chinese and nanotech researcher Ruth Goldman holds the only hope of finding a cure. In the struggle for an antidote, she fears that the end of humanity is all but certain.
Carlson's characterization is excellent and the world building is solid. He provides enough back history to bring readers up to speed. If you've been fortunate enough to read the previous books you'll be happy to note that favorite, familiar characters return. There are new ones as well, and a new threat to humanity's survival. It's a fast paced adventure and the action, suspense - and yes romance provide plenty of thrills. Readers can expect another round of page turning excitement.
Publisher: Ace (November 24, 2009)
Paperback: 336 Pages