eARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book comes out January 19th
“I awoke to the smell of coffee and the agony of the impossible decisions ahead of me.”
Clare is a copywriter who lives in Seattle with Latasha, her best friend. One day, she receives horrible news from her uncle Rob that her parents have been murdered by a friend. Now Clare has to be in charge of her brother Wes who is mentally ill. He has paranoid schizophrenia. She needs to go back to Clarkeston to organize her parents funeral and to take care of Wes. When she arrives at the psych hospital to pick up Wes, she gets shocked because there are a lot of “mentally ill” people. That’s strange, obviously, so she and her old friend Kenneth Chu start to investigate what’s really going on. They found that the government developed an “airborne antidote” to fight the biological weapons Russia has developed. There were a “unfortunate” accident and something identified as Gaspereau came out… infecting many people in Clarkeston. Later, the CDC become obsessed with Wes because they think that him has the cure for the Gaspereau. So now, Clare as his legal guardian, has to decide if she’s going to save her brother or the world.
“I wished I could freeze time. I’d read the books, seen the TV shows. When someone called late at night and warned you they had difficult news, it always meant that your life was about to change in a horrible, irreversible way – and there was nothing you could do to stop it.”
First of all, the thing that intrigued me the most was when I read the synopsis and discovered that someone had schizophrenia. Dealing with schizophrenia is hard, and write about is harder. It’s a serious topic and I really like how Jodi wrote about it. I’ve curious about schizophrenia since I took a psychopathology class in college. Wes deal with this every day and it felt so real when I read about his hallucinations, paranoia, and violent behavior. Clare didn’t want to take care of him because it’s hard dealing with a person that it’s good now but you don’t know how that person will behave later.
Clare was really amazing tho. She had a lot going on and even though dealing with his brother was hard, she did everything she could to protect him. Clare could have leave Wes behind, leave to Seattle and forget about what was happening in Clarkeston, but she didn’t. She’s the woman we, readers, like to read about. She was brave and even though she was afraid, she didn’t stop fighting ’till the end. She did what she had to do when she realized she could save his brother and save the world at the same time. That was a great thing because she didn’t have to choose between her brother and the world. I wouldn’t want to choose. Nope.
The story was really intriguing. I started reading it and I couldn’t stop until I finish it. I found myself connecting with the characters really quickly. I love when the government is responsible for the bad stuff because it’s not far from reality. The whole Gaspereau thing was phenomenal. I love how different that disease was. It was characterized by a quickly progressive neurological deterioration; people went crazy, and the whole town was like The Walking Dead… I absolutely enjoyed that. The last chapter was really short, and I would’ve loved to see what was going to happen between Clare and Kenneth. Overall, this story surprised me… I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I recommend it to those who loves some mystery. When you start reading this book, you won’t stop… I swear.
“My whole life was opening up before me, a vast expanse of sunlight and love and possibility.”