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Review: Malice by Pintip Dunn

Malice is a science fiction thriller about the choices we make everyday. Is one life worth it to save the lives of many? Of the world? How can we change the past to avoid the future?


What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved… 


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

When I started reading Malice I did not expect it to be a science fiction thriller. There’s so much manipulation, mystery, and danger. Sure the world hangs in the balance, but I found myself questioning everything – and with good reason! It’s a story about love, siblings, and the influence of our actions. Does one person’s life always outweigh the good of many? The lives of many over the few? Malice examines us how one action can change the future. Each of those minute decisions, big and small.

The mistakes we make at the face of innovation. What are the acceptable stakes and sacrifices when we don’t know what is right and wrong? Malice also tackles the ghosts of Alice’s mom leaving, the hole she left behind. How the relationships start to splinter. When the world is on fire and left in ruin, who is the culprit? What one action triggered the lines of dominoes? It’s a story that will keep you guessing.

What effects do our choices have? The moments we have to stand up for the ones we love. When we decide between family and ourselves, love and friendship? I ended up reading Malice in one evening because it has such contagious thriller vibes. Sometimes it’s not one choice, but a series of choices that lead us down a path.

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


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