Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: The Borealis Genome by Thomas & Nancy Wise (Tour Stop)

YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013

New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?

My Rating: 3.5

My Review:

With the interest of the zombie apocalypse still in full swing, Thomas and Nancy Wise give a new take on the usual rotten corpses. Although other stories blamed 'virus' for zombie outbreaks, The Borealis Genome actually includes the scientific aspects of the virus, showing its spread and its effects on the population. I've held an interest in epidemiology (albeit not for a career) so that aspect of the novel definitely appealed to me, especially because it isn't easy to find good Young Adult science fiction.

Although the middle of a 'zombie virus' outbreak doesn't exactly seem like the best place for romance, The Borealis Genome still manages to have moments of great romance. The relationship between Tim and Nora is heart-warming, definitely adding to the plot of the novel.

Despite certain portions of the novel being a bit slow, I can't think of many more complaints, and the writing really succeeded in building tension and suspense throughout the reading experience. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Borealis Genome, and I would definitely recommend it to those with a soft spot for disease and zombies (in fiction, that is.)

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