Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopian
Trade paperback, 270 pages
Published June 15, 2011 by Paladin Timeless Books
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Reading level: Age 14 and up
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 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 protect their shot at immortality.
What would it be like if we were given the chance to be a step closer to immortality? In Mrs. Amsden’s science fiction/dystopian thriller, readers get to explore that possibility where our main character Grace Harper lives in the world where no one ages. Grace is a 130 year old black-listed private investigator, but she doesn’t look a day older than 25 years old. The totalitarian government is a world in which no one wants to live in, the older timers (those who were already old before the change) rule/high society while everyone else makes the low class, scrounging for food or nutri-bars. Grace Harper is hired by Matthew Stanton to help him find a man that hasn’t been located for almost 400 years to clear his name in his father’s murder. While on the other side, The Establishment (government) wants Grace to help them prove Matthew Stanton is the killer. Grace has three days to find the answers, but she doesn’t know which side to be on….because between Matthew Stanton and The Establishment…it would be helping the lesser of two evils.
The Immortality Virus was a breath of fresh air in the sea of my usual paranormal books; I haven’t read a great science fiction novel in a while…so it was a nice change of book scenery LOL. The action and suspense started immediately in the first chapter, where Grace learns why she was called in by the richest man in Kansas. The pacing was usually on point, but kind of bogged down in the middle when Grace arrives at the farm (slave-like camps) and didn’t really hold my interest much but once readers passed those farm scenes it got interesting again. Grace was a very likeable character, she strong, independent and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. There were two love interests in the book for Grace, but the romance was almost nonexistent in the book, while the book focused more on the main plot. I don’t know if this is a series or not but the book ended on a cliff hanger. There’s a likely chance that there will be another book in the series, since there are still a lot of unsolved problems. Overall this was a great science fiction/dystopian novel, and I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a new book to read. The Immortality Virus will appeal to all genre readers, whether it is science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, mystery, or contemporary fiction.
**Thank you Christine for sending me a copy of this book for review**