Immunity was such an emotional story with characters that drew me in completely. I found this book a bit more difficult to read than I had originally thought it would be. The topic of a virus that wipes out humanity hits quite close to home in today’s COVID-19 environment. It was, however, a very well-written book that I truly enjoyed.
The story introduces the reader to Charlie, a teenage girl who has been living on her own for three years. All alone. Three years ago a virus wiped out every other human being on the planet. Even wildlife seems to have been depleted. Charlie, the sole survivor, seems to be immune to the disease. She is ravaged by the emotional damage of watching everyone around her die, however.
She’s set up a little home in a shed and has her daily routines that keep her busy. Then, one day, Laiton appears, and it seems that the world has two survivors now, not just one. Laiton has a secret though that could shatter Charlie’s world all over again.
This book was written in a way that just, honestly, blew me away. I really enjoyed the way the story was told. I immediately connected to Charlie. I appreciated her routines and choices on how she chooses to live in the aftermath of all the loss.
I liked that Immunity didn’t give me all the answers. It’s a novella, so at 100 pages, there are some details left up to the reader, and I kind of liked that. I’m not entirely sure how Laiton managed to find Charlie, it seemed like he knew she would be there, but I didn’t understand why. Other details, however, were perfect. I can vividly picture Charlie’s shed and her surrounding “neighborhood”.
Overall, I really enjoyed Immunity. I read this in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. I just needed to know where the story was going and what was going to happen.
Immunity is a post-apocalyptic book that describes, in detail, the MC’s memory of the deaths of people as well as the state of the bodies in the present. There are descriptive scenes with gory details as well as descriptions of children. Please note that this is a story of a virus that kills off almost the entire human race and may not be a subject for some readers during the current pandemic.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Immunity for readers that enjoy a post-apocalyptic story that focuses on relationships and emotions.
Where to Find This Book:
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Imagine Earth, a world ravaged by disease, the HVC virus.
Imagine it empty and devoid of life, with one girl remaining: immune to, both, the virus and the absolute loneliness the world offers her. And then imagine that, from Scotland, another survivor has traveled to the coastal town of Polperro in England, to meet her.
When the two begin to bond and a new hope for the future embraces both of them, tragedy strikes and threatens to destroy everything.
Will they remain immune to the oncoming danger or ultimately fall beneath and lose everything?
Just the Facts:
Immunity by Alexandra Killworth
Page Count: 102 pages
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: November 15, 2018
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.