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Review: Immunity by Erin Bowman

I love books that are mash ups of some of my favorite elements and, to me, the Contagion duology has science, outer space, conspiracies, otherworldly powers, and zombie like creatures!


They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk.

Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: physical abuse, medical experimentation, PTSD

Immunity weaves a wonderful tapestry of threads that Bowman has been developing since Contagion all come together. It’s a book that crosses borderlines, asking us what we are possible of if we dare to do things we never dreamed we could. It’s when we have power in our blood and fear in the air.

The stakes are high in Immunity not only for the Thea, Coen, and Nova (the only survivors too make it off that nightmare, but also for the entire galaxy. Bowman tugs at threads, reconciliation, revenge, and justice, tangling like static. But there’s an intensity to the book that builds up as the characters are not only forced to grow, but to really question what they are willing to do – for each other, for themselves, for their family, and for the future of the galaxy.

And if you wanted more of the relationship between Thea and Coen, then you’re in for a treat in this book. The very limits of their relationship, the question of their abilities, and more. What I also loved was that there’s a side character f/f relationship which was just a little spark of light in the entire story.


When we are faced with the possibility of nightmares, do we have the strength to fight it, to do what’s right even when it’s harder? As our own world moves more towards a world where the truth is what we can make it become, how we can spin it, what words we can obscure, Immunity asks us what we can make the truth become in the best, and worst, of lights.

Find Immunity on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


Give me all your favorite zombie story recommendations. I have a soft spot for The Girl With All the Gifts, then there’s also Devils Unto Dust for the YA crowd!

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