Review: Immunity | Contained but Not Safe

Posted July 15, 2019 by Stephanie in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Immunity | Contained but Not SafeImmunity (Contagion, #2) by Erin Bowman
Series: Contagion #2
Published by HarperTeen on July 2, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Source: HarperTeen, Wunderkind PR
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Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the white-knuckle sequel to Contagion, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman called “gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures.”

They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk.

Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.

The first installment in Erin Bowman’s duology earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called the plot “intricate and action-packed,” and fans of Jonathan Maberry, Rick Yancey, and Madeline Roux will relish in Bowman’s tense, high-stakes conclusion to the events of Contagion.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with.

The contagion is contained. For now. But what happens when it falls into the wrong hands?

Welcome to Immunity. In this book we get to learn a lot of about the contagion from the view point of hosts who are compatible with it. It was definitely interesting to learn about the contagion from that perspective and there were quite a few developments to the sickness that I liked and were really cool.

It was frustrating to see Coen and Thea imprisoned and I really could not figure out how in the world they were going to get out of the situation. During this book, Bowman introduces a new character, Amber. I actually really liked her; she was sweet and a nice contrast to Nova. Nova rapidly became one of my favorite characters in this book. I love her growth and development.

Now, before I go on, I want to make it clear that quality wise the writing, plot, and execution for this book all deserves 4 stars. It was engaging and I found myself staying up late multiple times to read and finish this book. The story was well thought out.

But Contagion set an extremely high bar for this book and, unfortunately, as good as Immunity is, it just didn’t live up to its predecessor.

A lot of this is coming from my own personal preferences. I really enjoy a closed world monster story, which is basically what Contagion is.

The biggest thing I found lacking in Immunity was the terror and suspense that the contagion has in the first book. Even though we were dealing with the contagion throughout all of Immunity, I felt like a lot of the fear for it was lacking. Even when things did finally explode, I didn’t feel the panic I had in the first book. And I never thought I’d be saying this, but I missed feeling panic and terror.

As far as the cast of characters go, I don’t feel like the new characters were as interesting as the cast in the first book.

Talking about my personal enjoyment of this book… this was more of a 3.5 star book. I wished that Bowman had continued the suspense and terror from the first book into the second. This was a big part of my enjoyment in the series and Immunity lacked that, so the story fell a bit flat in some ways to me. The story morphs into a save the galaxy plot, which was good but I don’t tend to be drawn towards those types of books.

So to summarize, this book deserves 4 stars and objectively I do believe it is a 4 star book. But as far as my personal enjoyment goes, this was 3.5 stars.

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