Pandemic: A Novel by Scott SiglerPandemic: A Novel by Scott Sigler

Pandemic: A Novel

byScott Sigler

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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In the final book in the Infected trilogy, the entire human race balances on the razor’s edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares.

To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero—a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she’s a monster—a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. 

All Margaret knows is that she’s broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands. Guilt and nightmares have turned her into a shut-in, too mired in self-hatred even to salvage her marriage, let alone be the warrior she once was. But she is about to be called into action again. Because before the murderous intelligence was destroyed, it launched one last payload: a soda can–sized container filled with deadly microorganisms that make humans feed upon their own kind. That harmless-looking container has languished a thousand feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, undisturbed and impotent . . . until now.

Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, Pandemic completes the Infected trilogy and sets a new high-water mark in the world of horror fiction.
Scott Sigler is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Infected, Contagious, Ancestor, and Nocturnal. He lives in San Diego.
Title:Pandemic: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.44 × 6.45 × 1.85 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307408973

ISBN - 13:9780307408976

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A YA book that actually deals with important YA themes Like most good zombie stories, it's not actually about zombies, but about the people thrust into this weird world. Only a couple of the characters are fully developed and fleshed out, but they are great, interesting and sympathetic characters dealing with real issues (coming out of the closet and drug abuse) that young adults actually deal with it. This story actually shines as a YA book because it actually deals with themes that young(ish) readers can relate to, unlike some books that just use the "YA" "genre" as a short hand for a PG-13 rating. My only complaint is the frustrating ending: it doesn't exist. The story is a slow build to a climax that doesn't really pay off. Cliffhangers and plot threads are left dangling left and right. I know the book is billed as "zombies meet Lost" but it really grabs the wrong part of Lost - the unsatisfying payoffs - instead of the mystery and wonder. (Honestly I completely forgot about the "Lost" connection until a couple of very vague references at the very end.) I know its supposed to set up a series, but that doesn't mean the first book shouldn't have some sort of resolution. The book is still very good - the writing is great and as I said the characters are believable and sympathetic and I find myself invested in their future. It deals with refreshing topics and themes that I think could really hook in an actual young adult audience. I love the steadily ramping pace and I think the mixture of flashbacks and current time are used well. Hopefully the series will do well and this book will serve as a nice prologue, but until then it feels like it's missing that one element to make it great.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Finale It was so great to dive back into these books and experience horror in the truly expert way that Scott Sigler writes it. There were more twists and turns than I could keep track of. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pandemic Once this book took off I couldn't put it down. Great!
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Couple of plot holes, but overall a good read. Enjoyed under current social commentary on u man nature.
Date published: 2014-02-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Pandemic: "With its razor-sharp prose and attention to detail, combined with skin-crawling body horror and apocalyptic threat, Pandemic reads like the love child of Michael Crichton and David Cronenberg. I haven't been this creeped out by a book in a long time."--James S.A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan Wakes"This one's a killer. In Pandemic, our chance against the apocalypse hangs by a slender thread of hope. Sigler brings serious game with a book that rocks the action while delving deep into character. Highly recommended."--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine"Page-turning, spellinding, horrifying, and thrilling...a pulse-pounding alien disease outbreak-slash-invasion story."--Ramen Naam, author of NexusPraise for Scott Sigler's Infected and Contagious: "Fraught with tension...Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Hot Zone." --Rocky Mountain News"[An] amped up read...full of pressure-cooker mind games." --Entertainment Weekly“A pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense.”—James Rollins"Rip-snorting, gun-blasting, autopsy-performing action, complete with explosions and forensic science." --Sacramento News & Review"Nothing short of incredible...continues the work that Robert A. Heinlein left undone, but it's also a horror novel, a military thriller, a've never read anything like it.""Gutsy, ambitious, and completely seductive...a definite must-read." –Booklist“A marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror.”—Lincoln Child