When it comes to science fiction and horror there is always one story trope that makes me more uncomfortable than anything else: When a character is trapped somewhere and the environment outside will kill them (think of the bottom of the ocean or space) but they’re not really safe because they’re trapped inside with something that will kill them (think the Thing).
The sense of helpless-ness always manages to get under my skin leading to me always watching that movie or episode from under a blanket or behind my hands. Extra points if the story includes some form of disease or viral outbreak.
Then I found out about Contagion.
Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: July 24th 2018
Page Count: 432
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.
WHY I’M WAITING
So this book is my ultimate nightmare fuel. Which means I have to read it. Contagion sounds like it is a mix between Alien and Illuminae. What could go wrong? Oh right, I’ll never be able to sleep again.
When asked about the extremely vague summary on goodreads, the author Erin Bowman explained that the less you know going into the story the better. I think that means everyone is going to die. Yet this book is listed as having a sequel on goodreads… if that means anything.
This book is probably going to mess me up and I think I’m okay with that. I loved the horror elements inJay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s Illuminae Files and I’ve been looking for some similar reads to pick up.
I have never read a book by Emily Bowman, bit I’ve heard a lot of great things about her Vengence Road series. I should probably check them out as well.
Will you read Contagion? Are you like me where you love a little horror in your scifi? Are you also like me where that love ruins your sleep on a weekly basis? Tell me about it in the comments below.