Author: A.R. Shaw
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2013)
Kindle: ASIN: B00H06NGFS
Apocalyptic scenarios come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of dynamics.
The story of The China Pandemic opens with Hyun-Ok searching for a guardian for her five-year-old son, Bang. Hyun-Ok has already lost the rest of her family to a strain of the H5N1 virus accidentally unleashed by the Chinese. She herself is dying from the virus and must find someone to care for her son.
She chooses Graham who seems the most stable of those left in town.
But Graham has also lost his family, most notably his wife Nelly and their unborn child. When Hyun-Ok approaches him, he has just lost the final member of his family; his father. But he reluctantly agrees to care for the young boy.
Only about two percent of the world’s population survives. Those survivors are now carriers of the deadly virus. As survivors, Graham and Bang are carriers of the virus.
As the dangers in the town where he lives continue to grow, Graham feels it would be safest to reach his family cabin on the Skagit River.
He and the boy – named Bang – are off to a rocky start. They pick up twins Macy and Marcy, and a German Shepherd police dog names Sheriff, along the way. When they reach the cabin they find it already inhabited by Tala, a Native American woman suffering a miscarriage, and an old black man named Ennis.
I will leave the premise there so as not to divulge too much.
If you think this is like Stephen King’s The Stand, think again. The Stand has a degree of mysticism: people compelled to meet an old black woman in the middle of nowhere for no reason any of them could fathom.
There is no mysticism here. But there is plenty of stark reality.
On the upside (if there is one) of a pandemic is all the electricity, water and cars still work. Until a human is required to flip any switches to keep the electricity and water running.
Shaw depicts reality with compassion while still gripping the reader with fear. In any post-apocalyptic situation, crazies run amuck and Shaw doesn’t pull any punches with the dangers lying in wait for those unprepared.
Her characters are vivid; most people could relate to them as they each recover from their losses and go about building a new family. Achieving a degree of normalcy after such an event is a day-by-day trial and error experience. They work and learn together how to survive.
If you read closely, you could learn what is needed to survive just about any apocalypse.
There are errors, but the story is compelling and well-written. This book is a good read and well worth it.
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