Thursday, June 20, 2013
Contagious by Scott Sigler
If you like: Scary Perry * angelic children who are evil * spores
Contagious is the sequel to Infected. (See my review here.) Scott Sigler continues his fascinatingly gross, constantly intense, invasion series with the same vigor readers will remember from Infected. The story picks up with the continued investigation of the triangles. By now the investigative team has become familiar with the devastating scenes that await them wherever hosts are found. This does not mean that they have come much farther in understanding the origins of this infection, or closer to understanding how to stop it. Perry Dawsey is now part of the team. The aftereffects of being a host have left him with a connection to other hosts which allows him to find them and understand their goals. The satellite coordinating the invasion continues to learn as the team does, and uses evasive maneuvers to attempt to successfully open a set of gates.
Initially, it may be difficult to imagine Perry Dawsey working with the team after his relentless solo struggle in Infected. Though he has reservations about the team's mission to capture and study a live host, he is willing to agree that his goal of stopping the hosts aligns with that of Dew Phillips and Margaret Montoya, and so he goes along with them. His reluctance to embrace a team leads to many struggles and setbacks in the investigation. The shame of what he went through, and the horror at his triangle guided actions makes it difficult for Perry to believe having human relationships is possible for him. Slowly, as he sees the support of the team, he learns that being a host does not make him less of a man. In spite of everything he has been through, Perry is finally able to embrace his true character. The myriad of circumstances that have led him to his role of triangle hunter have also brought him to the point where he can finally embrace his true nature and accept who he is. After fighting so long, there is no more need for pretense.
In Contagious, there is a constant battle between the needs of the individual and the greater good. This scenario plays out on many levels. Perry must struggle to overcome his need to stop each of the hosts in order to serve the greater good of analyzing and studying a live host. Dew must balance the emotional needs of his team with their effectiveness in stopping the invasion. Additionally, the newly elected President Gutierrez must balance the desires of his naïve staff with those of his more experienced military advisors. He is forced to rebalance the scales with each new development. It is nearly impossible to decide the citizens are better served by knowing what new horrors have developed, or by being kept in the dark to avoid panic. Each character must face a decision between the one and the many at some point, with varying degrees of moral panic. In a strong testament to the characters Sigler has developed, they all struggle in some way with these decisions, and do not view any decision as easy.
If you are itching to meet the angels, read Contagious.
Contagious by Scott Sigler on Podiobooks.com http://podiobooks.com/title/contagious/