Immunity Index

Tor. May 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781250317872. $25.99. SF
In a near-future U.S. ruled by the cult figure “Prez” and his inner circle of opportunists and sycophants, the divisiveness of recent history has created a society where some people are officially second-class citizens, with fewer rights, less food, and zero opportunities. When a would-be rebellion is thwarted by government-sponsored bioweapons, it’s up to four people—a drone-worker, a wildlife intern, a student, and a disgraced scientist—to find the cause of multiple pandemics and fight to take back a country that is no longer theirs. Three clone sisters, the scientist who created them, and a woolly mammoth are the only hope for a cure to the pandemics for these people who just want their rights back.
VERDICT This dystopian biothriller reads like a 21st-century version of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, crossed with George Orwell’s 1984. The clone sisters and their creator each provide alternating perspectives of a chaotic world and evince that individuals can make a difference. The story they tell is hopeful, heartbreaking, and compelling at every turn. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian science fiction or political technothrillers.
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