“Something is awake.
Harriet’s wife, Katherine, is dying from an insidious virus that threatens humanity – and this is not just any disease. This virus makes people literally disappear, swallowed by a rapidly evolving enemy. Desperate to find a way to save her love, Harriet must move fast to discover a cure. She’ll strive to find a way to defeat the virus before it takes Katherine, no matter the cost.
A cost that Lady Trinh, head of the Australian government, cannot bear. From her seat in Brisbane's protectorate, a pollution-free haven for the lucky few, Lady Trinh will go to any lengths to protect her people – and not only from the virus. For her, failure is not an option, and loose threads must be quickly cut.
Something is awake. And it wants to feed.”
The author describes herself as follows:
“I'm an Australian author who writes speculative fiction - anything supernatural, fantastical and futuristic.
In the past, I've been an actor, corporate improvement analyst, teacher, producer, and operations manager. Nowadays, I'm also interested in neuropsychology, though I still love an occasional theatrical stint.”
I’ve read dystopian or post-apocalyptic books where the spread of a disease is the current conflict the book’s characters are dealing with, but The Fading is unlike those I’ve read before. That uniqueness comes from two things. The first is the viral disease is unlike anything that has come before. Figuring out how to cure it and prevent its spread isn’t obvious. The other unique aspect is the setup of the future society where the story takes place. Dystopian societies are going to be divided into haves and have-nots, but how those differences are reflected in the future Australia depicted in this book goes beyond what is typical. The Fading is a short, quick read that should keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat as you root for Harriet to find a way to save her wife, Katherine.
Some adult language.
Review is based on an advance reader copy so I can’t gauge the final product in this area.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 40-45,000 words