After the Contamination—an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink ThinPro that turned ordinary citizens into violent, uncontrollable creatures—the government rounded up the “Connies” to protect the remaining population. Now, two years later, the rehabilitated are being allowed home, complete with shock collars that will either control, or kill, them.
Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister since her parents were taken in the round up. When she finds her mother in one of the “Kennels,” Velvet resolves to do whatever it takes to put her family back together. But the danger isn’t over. It’s beginning all over again…
Gritty and grabbing, Velvet is a harrowing, emotionally charged novel for fans of Carrie Ryan and The Walking Dead.
Contaminated had a new approach to the zombie novel. Rather than taking place during the outbreak it takes place several years after the fact. So the chaotic feel is not as much there – which some people definitely might miss if that is what they are expecting/wanting.
This is more of a character driven story, exploring how people are going to react to this kind of tragedy. Don’t get the wrong idea you will still see Garner’s version of ‘zombies’ plenty..here they are just referred to as ‘Connies’ for contaminated. At it’s heart this was a book about people, and just how close are those ties that bind. How helpful and caring are people going to be in the face of disaster? Are they going to sympathize with one another’s hardships or turn a blind eye? Replace this disaster with any other one and it still hits home.
The written cues to bring up images/scents are really well done!
It took me a a few chapters to adjust to the flow of Garner’s writing style. I don’t know exactly what it was, but the reading felt slow almost as if a lot of the sentences had pauses. You know how some people pause in a sentence for emphasis? That’s the closest I can come to explaining it.
I have to admit though, every time I read the word “Connie” it made me think of a hotdog. Lucky for me that I’m not fond of hot dogs so I could totally use that word to picture these guys.
Read my interview with Em Garner. Giveaway of 2 signed copies of Contaminated!