TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the
missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and
students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby’s Genetic Research Center.
Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside
the center until food supplies near depletion. Thinking the fallout has
lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling
the streets in search of human flesh and blood. The creatures possess the
ability to shift their genomes and alter their appearances by realigning their
genetic sequences. Daniel Hutchinson, their leader, teams with Lucas Ridale and
together they set out to scavenge the area for food and supplies with the hope
to find other survivors. But Daniel’s most recent journey uncovers mysteries
more frightening than the shifters. He discovers the tip of Pittsburgh has been
fenced off from the rest of the area. Low-flying helicopters observe the
streets, making him ponder the question: Were the shifters released as simply
part of a military experiment with humans being their prey?
science faculty humans are hiding. Outside the humans have changed into shifters
that act like wild animals. It’s a matter of surviving until the scientist can
figure out a way to put everything back together again.
While doomsday and missile attacks aren’t a new plot, the genetically changed
humans to shifters is. The way it was written was well done. I could see were it
could happen. The book is really well written, with the pace being steady. We learn the back story of a lot of characters because there are scientist and students. There were just too many. It took away from the depth put into each character. I never truly felt that I got to know anyone other than Daniel, the scientific genius and compassionate leader. While I’m not a big fan of one person point of view, the characters would have had more success if the author had stuck to one or two main characters rather than the many we saw. I also found that the time-line didn’t always jive with the future.
Example: Randy has Chronic Dyslexia and it was never discovered by pediatricians and because of this he grew up not knowing how to read. As of the 90’s chronic dyslexia was diagnosed through tests at school. Teachers actually had to have special training to look for signs. By 1995 only ten percent slipped through the system. There were other mismatches such as this that I found in the book.
Despite this though, it’s a good story with a lot of interesting aspects.