Author: M.R. Cornelius
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With no workforce, power plants have been shut down, police and fire departments have collapsed, crops lie unpicked in the fields.
When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital's armored van for a midnight escape. Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.
Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.
When Dr. Taeya Sanchez mouths off a few too many times to her boss, she knows she is getting ready to be fired. Unfortunately, the entire population is infected with a deadly virus and she doesn't have very many options. Just one, actually. Fill up a stolen truck with as many supplies and food as she can get and hope to make it somewhere safe before either getting caught, killed or catching the disease herself. The only problem with her plan? She is now stuck road tripping with the ego-maniac Rick DeAngelo, another hospital worker set on escaping while he still can.
H10 N1 is almost like an adult oriented dystopian novel, my favorite! We pick up the story after the virus has spread everywhere and we learn bits and pieces about it as we go. People are dying off like crazy, either they have contracted the virus or they are so scared they are killing themselves before it gets to that point. I knew as soon as I read the prologue that I was going to like this book. It starts off with a suicide assistance hot line and we go along as a caller discusses her husband's suicide with the hot line worker. At first, I thought she was calling to stop herself from committing suicide herself. Nope. I think my husband must have thought I'd lost it because I was talking to the book as the worker talked this lady into poisoning herself. I didn't see that coming. I knew right there that this was going to be a fun read.
I really enjoyed getting to know Taeya and Rick, and I loved their banter. When we first meet Taeya, she kind of comes off as snotty or stuck up. I'll admit that I didn't like her at first. Rick, on the other hand, I didn't mind as much even though he was clearly high on himself. Once the two were thrown together and had to actually communicate, I saw that neither of them were what I first thought them to be and I truly did connect with them. We get to hear from both Taeya and Rick, each of their parts told in alternating chapters which I love. I find it adds to a story when we get to hear from the main characters involved.
The only issue I had, and it is purely only my opinion, was some of the language. I don't think you will find any words in this book that you wouldn't find in maybe a romance novel, but I am very uncomfortable in my own skin and certain talk just turns me off. Again, this is my own opinion and honestly, I've been called a prude more than once so don't go by my opinion alone. There actually isn't a lot of this language, I think I just pick up on it because I'm not used to it.
Anyway, if you love a good thriller or are a fan of dystopian, give this one a look. The writing is solid, the characters are raw and honest and find themselves in some pretty intense situations that are sure to keep you turning the pages.