Survivor Song

Title: Survivor Song
Author: Paul Tremblay
Synopsis: In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government's emergency protocols are faltering.
Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie's husband has been killed—viciously attacked by an infected neighbor—and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie's only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.
Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares—terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So now that I have healed the wound in my heart, Paul Tremblay has left me emotionally scarred.
This is not a fairy tale. It is a song.

If there was ever a perfect time to read a book about a pandemic raging in America, now is that time. An accelerated rabies-like infection is running rabid (ha! see what I did there?). An infected neighbor attacks Natalie, who is 38 weeks pregnant, and her husband. After the husband's death and being bitten, Natalie calls her bestie, Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman to her aid. Knowing time is of the essence, the two (and a half) embark on a journey to save Natalie and her unborn baby.

The novel takes place over a single day, while Natalie fights for the life of her baby and Rams fights for them both. This is my first Tremblay novel and I am extremely pleased with the amount of character development given to these women. Friendship, platonic love, sisterhood are all things most horrorish stories lack. I was able to connect and relate to them so when bad things happened, I was deeply hurt. For me, that doesn't happen often, so Kudos!

Many will describe this as a zombie novel. I finished SK's Cell a few days ago and was board by the second half, so when this started, I was worried it would go the same direction. I was happily surprised it didn't! IT IS NOT A ZOMBIE STORY!

Ok, no spoilers.
The last two chapters had me in agony. The ending cleaned up nicely with no loose ends. I will remember this story for years to come. I look forward to reading more of Paul's work!

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