Title: The New Reality
Author: Stephen Martino
Publisher: Light Messages
Publication Date: May 15, 2014
Genre: Medical/Dystopian Thriller
Series: Alex Pella #1
Source: Received for an honest review.
Book Description Courtesy of Goodreads:
After a deadly retrovirus is inadvertently released upon the planet in 2080, no country is financially prepared to deal with such a disaster. Only the acclaimed neuroscientist, Alex Pella, and NIH expert, Marissa Ambrosia, have the audacity to lead a search for the cure while simultaneously fending off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them. Guided by an ancient code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and attempt to solve a biblical riddle in order to save humanity from its eminent destruction.
Drawing from both our nation’s politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century.
The premise behind this book is really intriguing to me. I really like medical thrillers, especially combined with a dystopian theme, with a little bit of the spiritual thrown in. The author delves into a lot of current political issues (trade monopolies, big business, rising cost of healthcare vs quality, bio-terrorism, etc). The story itself is well-paced, quickly getting the reader involved, and wanting to stay involved.
However, the format the story is written in is a little off to me. The story shifts gears very quickly and without much explanation early on, and although I can understand the plot necessity for that to an extent, it can be a bit confusing to the reader at times. It also seems to shift points of view multiple times within the same chapter, first person to third person to omniscient, etc. Again, understanding at times, but still confusing. There needs to be more of a separation of different parts other than just going to the next paragraph.
All that being said, the story itself is a great addition to the thriller genre and a commendable first effort at a novel. Alex Pella is a great protagonist to have as the main character and to continue having for several novels. I would definitely want to follow his story and see what happens in the world we have created.
Give it a try and see what you think if you like theses types of books. Received for an honest review.
HEAT Rating: none
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More