So there’s this author I like. He’s short, bald, and he wants to take over the world with his plaid tanks. His name is Scott Sigler, and I’ve been following him since the early days. Since he started podcasting his fiction. Last year, he put out a new book call Contagious. Contagious is the sequel to the first book that came out from Crown Publishing, Infected. You really should read Infected, because it was good. Like, really freaking good. But that’s for a different post.
Contagious follows Scary Perry Dawsey, who was previously infected with a disease that thinks and eventually walks; Dr. Margaret Montoya and her team, as she tries to find a cure for the disease; and a creepy little kid called Chelsea; who is leading the infected people. Oh, and the heads at the US government, of course. At the start of the book, the disease is basically the same as the one that Dawsey had fought off in the previous book. But then there’s a new strand. One that is contagious.
Let me explain how creepy this disease is. This disease is smart. It invades your body and starts growing inside of you. The first symptom is itching. Itching to the point where you bleed, but you don’t stop. Then come the voices. Yea, they start talking to you. And learning from your memories. Oh, did I mention the paranoia that comes with it as well. And the absolute fear of medical personnel, law enforcement and the military. Not to mention the fact that the disease turned you into a violent person, no matter what kind of a person you were before.
Anyhow, the book is fantastic. Yea, freaking fantastic. It’s also scary. Especially when the disease becomes contagious. But it’s also has a thriller edge. It’s kinda like at the edge- of- your- seat combined with hurtling -towards -the -sun - at - the - speed - of - light - and- holy- shit- there’s- no -way- to - stop -this - thing. Yea, it’s like that.
So, let’s recap: this disease is creepy. Check. This book isn’t the greatest book to read before going to sleep. Check. This book isn’t a good book to read while eating, especially if you don’t have a strong stomach. Check. I really hate Chelsea. Check. I can’t believe you killed one of my favourite characters, Siggy. Check. Sigler wants to take over the world, starting with publishing. Check.
If you are too lazy to go buy the book, you can subscribe to the podcast version at scottsigler.com. Don’t worry, it’s unabridged and free. And all you really need is a computer with internet access. Which clearly you have.
But you should buy the book.