Carl Sims, a young virologist, discovers a plot hatched by a group of international scientists to cull, in a matter of weeks, two-thirds of the world's population - some 4.5 billion people - by releasing a deadly virus. Their goal is to reduce Earth's population from an unsustainable seven billion to two billion. What is he to do? Try to stop the conspiracy, or join it?
It's horrific, yes, but what if this culling could prevent the extinction of some 40 percent of the planet's flora and fauna? Or if he was certain it was the only way to prevent an even larger human die-off, incurring significantly more suffering, by the end of this century? Or if he were convinced it represented the only hope for humanity surviving at all? This is at the heart of this thriller, for these viruses do, in fact, exist.
Most everything that plagues mankind today - the highest concentration of atmospheric CO₂ in three million years, escalating extinction rates, habitat loss, fishery collapses, climate change, polar and glacial ice thaws, arable land loss, desertification, aquifer depletions, ocean acidification, unprecedented air pollution, looming famine, and social unrest - stems from overconsumption which, unchecked, will lead to Earth's sixth mass extinction event.
"Despite the potential for despair or preachy diatribes, the gravity of the issues is woven into the story with plenty of colorful characters, gallows humor and a suspenseful plot that unravels across continents, making for an entertaining and thought-provoking debut." (New York Journal of Books)
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- Maria Lindbloom
Yes, all of the swear words
the story was predictable
not great but ok
I might have not minded the poor story, or narration, but when every other word is the F word or similar, The author is a word smith can't he think of anything better to say, even if the character would swear he could think of a more creative way to say the same thing
Some of the best authors think of better ways to say things with out swear especial use of the F word. In my opinion it is just being lazy.