Please note that this is a book two. The synopsis does have spoilers for book one, Contagion. My review will, too, but no spoilers for Immunity.
Immunity by Erin Bowman
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.
Immunity was so hard to put down! If you liked Contagion, I don’t think you’ll be let down by this sequel. The pacing was great and I read it way faster than I had planned out.
Immunity starts off where Contagion ends. Nova, Coen, and Thea have been saved. They were rescued, so things should be good, right? But that’s not what happens. Nova is in a coma, being cared for by a young intern, Amber. Amber is the doctor’s daughter, but she’s not really sure what they are doing. She’s kept out of all their testing that they’re doing.
Thea and Coen are being used as lab rats. They are locked up in a cell. They gas the cells when they need to get them. The guards then put collars and a shock cap on them. Their blood is being studies by the Rebel group. They start testing their speed, strength, hearing, and more. The plan is to create super soldiers, but they need to find out why it kills most hosts. Thea and Coen can speak to each other without speaking. Once the doctor and leader finds this out, they start testing how far they can be apart. This is another perk for super soldiers.
At first, Thea just wants to escape any way possible. But over time, she develops feelings for Coen. There is no way to escape on their own. Thea tries and fails. After Nova wakes up, Amber keeps taking care of her, trying to get her strength back. Amber realizes something isn’t right, but she is loyal to her father. Thea and Coen need a pilot, so getting Nova has to be a part of their escape plan. But who else can they trust? They do know that they need to keep this contagion inside the two of them and not let it get out. Past experience has showed them how quickly it will spread. Trying to make soldiers is just a disaster waiting to happen.
We also see parts from Thea’s mother. We find out where she’s been and what she’s been working on and with whom. She was told Thea was dead, but she didn’t believe it and wanted to find her daughter at all costs.
Everything else would definitely spoil the book. There are a lot of things that happen and the pacing is good. I was able to remember everything from book one (which I read a year ago) quickly after starting Immunity.
Thank you to Wunderkind-Pr.com for providing me a copy for review. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on goodreads.
Have you already read Contagion? If so, are you excited for Immunity? Have you been able to read an arc of it?