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Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman

Contagion will keep you up all night. I could barely put it down and once I did, it kept me awake in the night – out of fear and fascination.


It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.


book review contagion by erin bowmanCan I start out by saying that the pitch and the synopsis for this book is amazing?! It is so captivating. I read it and knew I had to get it. But while this is pitched more as a mystery, what ended up enthralling me were the characters. I had some favorites – like Thea – and some least favorites – like Dylan – but they end up holding you in their grasp.

I’ve been reading a ton of multiple perspective novels, but they each had chapters dedicated. Sometimes it became a bit confusing to figure out who was who and what their thoughts were. I got used to it, but for the first chapters I was just having trouble figuring out who was who.

That being said, once I did, the tensions just mounted and mounted. This gave me a Into the Drowning Deep meets The Girl with All The Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge. So if you those books were your jam, then you’re in for a treat. Right from the beginning we are immersed into this eerie horror like aspect – one that Bowman actively engages with. At the same time, our beloved characters are keeping secrets from each other and even themselves.

I was instantly in love with Thea and her search for her mother. I mean, come on. I am all about the mother/daughters. There is also this subtle background of politics and rebellion that I know will be further developed in the sequel. Which, since we’re on the subject, should be amazing. That’s all I’ll say. Read this if you like eerie mystery type of books with great characters.

Find Contagion on Goodreads.


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