Monday, August 6, 2012

Review and Giveaway: The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden

Giveaway details:  I have been authorized to giveaway 1 e-copy of The Immortality Virus.  Just leave a comment with a vaild e-mail to enter.  This will be open until August 10.  Good Luck!

Author: Christine Amsden
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date of publication: June 2011

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren’t talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the ever-increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.

Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change — if he’s still alive. To complicate matters, Grace’s employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice — help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace’s true mission, they won’t hesitate to kill her in order to preserve their shot at immortality.

The Immortality Virus is a wild ride.  It's a scary glimpse into the results of what could happen were the fountain of youth discovered.  Years into the future, no one ages anymore and the world is over populated.  Violence and poverty is an overwhelming reality.  In the middle of all of this, Grace is hired to find the man who may be responsible.  For the most part, I did enjoy the book.  I liked the characters and the plot.  There is a little bit for everyone in the book: Sci-fi, action, mystery and a subtle romance.  

In the end, I was left with a bunch of questions that I wish the author had explored more.  I would have loved to see more about how the Change came about and how the world became the way it was when we meet Grace.  I would have also liked a bit more resolution at the end of the book.  While part of the mystery was solved, I wanted to know where Grace and Alex ended up.  

About the author:

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.


Bk Walker said...

Wonderful review. Thank you for reading and hosting Christine.

city said...

thanks for sharing.