The Fading by Linda Taimre

The Fading by Linda Taimre
Publisher: Kaustik Press (Self-Published)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (203 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Something is awake.

Harriet’s wife, Katherine, is dying from an insidious virus that threatens humanity – and this is not just any disease. This virus makes people literally disappear, swallowed by a rapidly evolving enemy. Desperate to find a way to save her love, Harriet must move fast to discover a cure. She’ll strive to find a way to defeat the virus before it takes Katherine, no matter the cost.

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Something is awake. And it wants to feed.

This brand new disease is many things, but benign isn’t one of them.

The scientific explanation for how The Fading worked fascinated me. Since the narrator took plenty of time to go into detail about how this virus affected sick people and what scientists were learning about it as it spread, I felt like I understood it incredibly well. The more I learned about it, the scarier it became to me in a good way. I could picture what every stage of the disease felt like, and that was exactly what this story needed in order to thrive in this reader’s imagination.

I would have preferred to see a little more time spent on the character development. As interesting as all of the characters were, most of them didn’t change very much as a result of the things that happened to them during the course of the storyline. There was so much going on with The Fading and humanity’s rush to figure out how to fight it that I found that surprising. This was the only thing keeping this book from earning a perfect five-star rating as I loved everything else about it.

There were so many clever plot twists in this tale. Some of them had to do with what the virus was capable of, while others involved the characters’ reactions to this disease as it continued to spread to every corner of the Earth. While I can’t go into any further details about them, they delighted me over and over again. When I begin telling my friends they should read this, the joy I felt while discovering these twists will be the first thing I mention!

If you love dystopian fiction, I’d definitely recommend giving The Fading a try.

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