Tense and Thrilling Sci-Fi || Review: Contagion

Was it really a smart idea to read this book during a pandemic?

… ehhh probably not. But I did it anyways, mostly at my husband’s request. I told him about this book, and he told me it sounded so interesting that I had to read it to verify it’s awesomeness (so he could read it after me). He must have some serious faith in my taste. ANYWAY… holy crap this book was amazing. And scary. And so so intense.

Title: Contagion
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: YA Science Fiction Thriller

Official Synopsis

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Lasting Impressions

I’ve previously read Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road, which is super good but also super different from this one, so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. In a similar vein with Illuminae, this book is intense as Bowman slowly cranks up the tension bit by bit. I had actual back pain while reading this book because of how nervous I was while reading this book. At one point, I told my husband straight up that I didn’t want to read the next page because of how intense and scary it was. I mean, you’ve got a deadly, zombie-like contagion and several characters to root for, and complex relationships among those characters… it’s a lot.

The two main characters in the story are Thea, a high school student interning for Hevetz, a company who drills for a rare fuel, and Nova, a pilot who is looking for more than a temporary gig at the same company. Both are a little more than they seem to the rest of the crew. Both are quick-thinking and resourceful in different ways, though that didn’t make anything safer for them. The rest of the crew is also interesting, with complex motivations for what they do. I think the best part of this book is how the characters are the main focus—yes, the plot is intense, but it’s because of the characters and their actions that heighten this book from something good and fun that I’ll forget in a couple of days to something that’s been on my mind since I’ve finished it.

Quick Thoughts

  • This is the beginning of a duology, and this book definitely leaves me wanting the sequel so bad! Thank goodness I’ve already ordered Immunity!

Overall Feelings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

For those who are needing something a bit different, for those who need something intense and fast-paced, I’d definitely recommend this book. It’s a wild ride for sure.

10 thoughts on “Tense and Thrilling Sci-Fi || Review: Contagion

  1. I was doubting about reading this one, now I really want to! (but maybe I wait a bit until different world situations ahah)
    Great review!


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  2. “he told me it sounded so interesting that I had to read it to verify it’s awesomeness” 🤣🤣 Kinda like I make my boyfriend taste food to verify that its ACTUALLY WORTH EATING before I take a bite! 🤣🤣🤣

    Oh damn! Scary…zombie…I read those words and immediately jumped here to let you know that this one is going on my tbr, NO MATTER WHAT! 😍😍😍😍😍 And that cover sure is a bonus! 😍


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