Author: Marcus Low
Published: April 1, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.
And then there’s an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence?
A dystopian story of quarantine and death. Enough said. Of course I was going to read this book and I’m so glad I did! A hospital quarantining a group of men with a dangerous and untreatable strain of lung disease. Yay, hospitals! At first, I felt like I had no idea what was going on. However, the more I read, the more I understood. While there is some action that takes place, it’s a very philosophical and emotional read. There’s also a bit of conspiracy sprinkled in. Overall, it’s an interesting book and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fascinating read!