Thursday, July 10, 2014

Isolation Book Review

Publisher: Mill City Press (April 15, 2014)
Category: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Political Thriller, Medical Thriller
ISBN: 13: 978-1-62652-760-7
Tour Dates: June 15-July 30, 2014
Available in: Print and ebook, 383 Pages
Isolation depicts a bleak but recognizable future in which the fear of contagion reaches a fever pitch as a bacterial epidemic catapults the US into an apocalyptic crisis. 
Touch is outlawed. Mothers like Maggie bind their infants’ hands, terrified they might slip fingers into mouths. Gary, a Sterilizer, uses robots to scour the infected, avoiding all contact with human flesh. Trevor, the Chief Enforcer, watches, eager to report any and all infractions. 
One inadvertent touch will change all of their lives. 
Okay, I really liked the book, but it is hard to follow if you don't pay very close attention. I pride myself on being able to keep up with books that jump from one character to another and from one time to another, but this book really tested my limits. It starts off with quite a few people and their view on the outbreak and slowly as the book continues, it drops off several people, never telling you what happened to them, the people just disappeared without any explanation. I am a stickler for details so it bugged me where those people went.
The story itself is mind boggling and I would hope that we as intelligent people would not be led like cattle to slaughter without putting up some kind of fuss, but in this book, except for a few protestors, everyone went along like blind mice and followed what the government told them to do.
The really interesting part was towards the end when two of the characters interact and are jolted by the touch of another human being after years of being told that they couldn't touch each other. Even the woman who had a son by artificial means never touched her son and he was afraid when she asked him to hug her. Can you imagine?
It is a compelling story about what might happen if a worldwide plague happened and what lengths would we go to in order to protect ourselves and this story is not a happy ending. I was really rooting for the two characters to make it to each other and for all of the survivors to come out of their fog and do something.
Would you blindly follow whatever the government told you to do or would you question it? That is really the theme of the book and I hope it gets you to question what is reasonable and what isn't. I might be forced to do what some of these people did but not because they told me to, but to protect myself from the snitches who are more than happy to turn you in.
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
DENISE R. STEPHENSON resides in Oceanside, CA, but she has lived in all the isolated locales of this novel at one time or another. Her publishing history is primarily academic, though as a member of Attention Deficit Drama, she has written and produced monologs and short plays. This is her first novel.
The author is giving away 5 print copies. Please be aware that this is her giveaway, not mine and I will not be responsible for picking the winner nor shipping the books out. This is open in the U.S. only.


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed 'Isolation'!

jenn huey said...

I like science fiction books involving governmental plots etc