People are comparing this novel to Stephen King’s “The Stand.” Set in the near future, we’re introduced to FBI agent Brad Wolgast who is assigned to kidnap a young orphan girl, Amy Bellafonte. She is somehow the key to a clandestine military experiment involving the creation of a super soldier. When the experiment goes very wrong, hell breaks loose. The super soldiers, commonly called virals, are unleashed. Not having been “perfected” they are more beastly than human, with an unquenchable thirst for blood – literally. Fast forward a few hundred years and we enter a post-Apocalyptic world where virals hunt humans. The world’s only hope lies in a still young Amy.
WHAT. A. RIDE. Still, I’m tempering my enthusiasm because the story isn’t over; the novel is Part 1 in a trilogy. I’ve never read (or watched for that matter) a series that ended as well as it started. I really hope this one does because 766 pages was no light read. Having been completely left hanging at the novel’s end, I cannot wait for the next book to pick up exactly where this one left off.