Sunday, 28 July 2013

Plague by Lisa Hinsley

What happens when the plague comes? It's been done so many times - post-apocalyptic fiction is in fashion right now in films and books but it's generally done on a macro scale with a touch of human interest to keep us interested. Think Contagion and Outbreak, or even Survivors. But this story is very much focussed on the micro - possibly 99% of the story takes place in one small suburban house over a very short time-frame. This is the story of one small family affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague. So it's less post-apocalyptic and more a survival story.

The fatality rate is 100%. So we know - bar some miracle, which would stretch credibility beyond belief - that those infected are going to die. But this story isn't about the destination, it's about the journey. How do you survive when the world shuts down and you're trapped? How do you deal with the situation? What are the emotions of a mother watching her family falling apart?

It's cleverly done with a twist at the end I didn't see coming. And a beautiful set-up for a sequel.