Solace. Shelter. Safety.
For the survivors of the Tilian Virus, they thought their escape would lead them to a new beginning. But the effects of the virus reach far beyond simply infection. A trusted member of the survivors hides a horrible past.
While in the wastelands of America, a new threat grows. The bonds of friendship strain and shatter. And the Tils become more deadly than ever.
The virus was just the beginning. Now the world must face the Tilian Effect.
Now that the survivors of the Tilian virus have reached the safe haven of New Cuba, they set about rebuilding civilization. However, the dark secret of one of the group threatens their fragile trust, and a new threat is brewing in the wastelands of America. Narrator Scott Aiello returns in this second installment of The Pandemic Sequence series, ramping up his focus on familiar characters and plumbing new emotional depths. Aiello puts his voice through its paces, deftly juggling the multiple arcs of the story and providing fresh insight into the complex relationships between the survivors.
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slow beginning but good ending
the story opens w/ a secretive meeting b/ween 2 unknown members of our group of survivors and a mystery man saying they can continue w/ the "ira" project.
we find out a year has passed since the survivors were rescued in miami and taken to new cuba. whereas the 1st book is mostly told from mike's perspective, book 2 is mostly told from paul's and michele's perspectives. we learn mike has withdrawn from the group. he's suffering from a terrible case of survivor's guilt, and the vibrancy of life on the island only makes his nightmares worse b/c of how much he believes he's lost.
paul has become the leader of a search and rescue (snr) team b/c of his integral role in helping the survivors survive on the mainland. in that year, he and his snr team have found some survivors from the smaller islands. general reid has tasked paul with searching one last island chain, the turks and caicos, before heading back to the u.s. mainland to look for survivors. in one of the resort hotels, paul comes face to face with dr. morena's fear- the tills are evolving in an unexpecting way.
michele has become the deputy asst to agriculture counselor. when the new cuban gov't learned about her ability to successfully manage the survivor's food supply on the mountain, they recruited her to help manage new cuba's food supplies. even though she and andrew are living together, she spends most of her down time in the library reading. reading is her way of coping with all that has been lost. one night, she wakes up in the library to whispering. still half asleep, she hears about the "ira" project, which leads her into a sprawling gov't conspiracy.
the 1st third of the book is kind of slow. it details life in new cuba and the roles the group of survivors play. but the story starts to pick up pace as michele searches for the truth in guantanamo bay and as paul and the snr team search the u.s. mainland for survivors. both find more than they expected.
after the 1st book, i came to like mike, and i was bummed that he was absent from the beginning of this story; however, the reasons for his absence are believable. i was glad that he was eventually roused out of his self-imposed isolation by the needs of his friends.
a lot happens in the second half of the story, and again, i wish the author would have slowed down at some points and flesh out what's going on. parts of the new cuba storyline are kind of predictable, but there are a couple of unforseen plot twists on the u.s. mainland that i liked.
overall, an ok 2nd book. the 2nd half of the story makes up for the slow start.
- Mike Naka
Love the story