Sunday, February 14, 2021

Immunity IndexImmunity Index by Sue Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has the unique distinction of being the first novel since Covid to depict Covid within its pages since we began experiencing the dubious pleasure of this new, crappy world. Not that this should be held against either the author or the book, of course, only that it happens to have that little mark of realism that we've all come to love and enjoy so much. :)

There are a couple of really interesting plot points going on in this novel. One feels like a huge nod to the movie Gattica. Another, about the mutiny, is not quite BLM, but it definitely has the right political feel. Then again, I've always been a fan of people doing the right thing, so this book is pretty much in line with my own feelings. The sense of moral outrage, too, especially when we're tackling the intersection between political a**holes politicizing disease -- or even weaponizing it.

In that respect, this novel hit home.

I really got into the heroism of all the workers that did all they could to save lives no matter what the personal cost. Overall, this was the best part, but the other plot, of the cloning and the social problems surrounding it, was also pretty decent. It is SF, after all. :)


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