Brian Phillips lies alone in the Lumpton Treatment Center, reflecting on the poor choices that lead him there. But when a deadly virus is unleashed, Brian must flee for his life—aided only by an ominous, otherworldly figure …
Meanwhile, Drew Murphy, a former Marine and EMT living in Boston, is haunted by his past and the daily stress of his job. Turning to alcohol to mask the pain, Drew is forced to confront the darkest aspects of himself when his wife walks out following an explosive argument . . .
As Brian becomes the harbinger of a devastating plague, Drew is called to his ailing mother’s bedside. The world is soon plunged into chaos and Drew must make the long journey home on foot, encountering others along the way—each with their own hidden addictions. Can those remaining fight through a disintegrating humanity and overcome their demons … or will they simply succumb?
Addiction & Pestilence is a unique, thrilling story that is original and brilliantly well written. It is a story that I have not come across before due to its unique nature but I adore how this novel was a new kind of read for me and if you are a reader who currently wants to read something different than Addiction & Pestilence is the novel for you!
Addiction & Pestilence is a disturbing, dystopian novel that looks at a plague that is destroying the world but also the addictions that are destroying the people. Well, not just everybody as this novel focuses on the two main protagonists and they are Brian Phillips and Drew Murphy. Brian is a troubled man and at the beginning of the novel’s story, he lies alone in a treatment centre as he reminisces on his poor life choices that put him there. However, soon a disastrous virus is released and Brian must flee and try to survive in a harsh, new world.
Soon we are introduced to Drew, Drew is a former Marine and he is haunted by his past and the terrible acts he has committed and he is also under a huge amount of stress because of his job and so much so that he turns to alcohol to numb his pain. At this point in my review I want to be careful as to what I say because I am cautious to spoil the plot of the novel so what I will say is that this novel is incredibly fast paced and it takes place during a disastrous plague all whilst we follow Drew and Brian as they try to survive the plague and their own demons and this is where Addiction & Pestilence begins!
Addiction & Pestilence is an entertaining story that is thrilling and captivating; it is a twist on your everyday apocalyptic read and I adored that. I adored how this novel was not your cliché dystopian book but rather it is a dark and intriguing look into an apocalypse but also a dark look into the lives of people who are struggling to survive. Overall it really is an incredible story with a perfect stream lined plot that will keep you entertained from beginning to end!
The author of the novel Edmund Kelly is an exceptional talent and his apocalyptic thriller is gripping from the very first page to the very last page; that is why I was so impressed that this is a debut novel so this just proves how talented Kelly is. Kelly’s writing is descriptive and vivid and he perfectly created the scene of a dark and gritty dystopian future that will haunt your memories for many nights. It is the kind of writing that plays out like a movie in your head, that is how perfectly descriptive and imaginative it is. His descriptive writing made me feel as if I was in the moment, and in the chaos as the plague ensued and I simply cannot express how wonderful this was to read.
Edmund Kelly’s characters are some of the best I have read in a long time. I particularly liked the attitude of one character in particular as he had a refreshing personality and an interesting out look on life. Kelly took his time developing his characters wonderfully so and making sure that the reader can become invested in them, even if the character was meant to be hated or loved.
To conclude my thoughts on Addiction & Pestilence, I would say if you adore dystopian novels with a twist and incredible thought-provoking characters then you will adore this wonderful book! This brilliant novel gets Five Stars from me!
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