Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blog Tour: The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change - if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice - help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to protect their shot at immortality.

     The book introduces to us a unique story that takes place in the 2050s where people stopped aging and it was all because of a virus that was unleashed by a man, Jordon Lacklin. Now counted as an old timer, he went missing 400 years ago and that was the mystery that our heroine Grace should solve, she should find Jordon and as she was a pro-death, meaning she was against this whole not aging process and was assigned to this mission by one of the richest men in the place, Matt Stanton. As she was on the Establishment's blacklist, she was sort of under notice and it was one mistake that could take her down. Lots of stuff was happening and more nystries to be solved.    

     What really attracted me to this book was the synopsis and the fact that it took place in the future and I'm such a sucker for dystopias and the idea of the human race stopping aging sounded really intriguing. Another thing was also the positive reviews that this book had on Goodreads. I didn't even mind seeing the cover before accepting this book and unfortunately I'm not a fan of the cover at all.

"Grace knew a Sam, or had a long time ago. He had been her lover
for almost fifty years, during her formal schooling."

"She had enough to think about without
rehashing old memories of long lost love. It had taken a couple of
decades to get over him, and while she didn't think she still loved him,
she couldn't quite keep her heart still in her chest."

     We didn't really get to know about the so-called love story that actually took Grace a couple of decades to get over it. There was no romance in the whole book expect for a kiss or something, like nothing to be mentioned?! Which really disappointed me, I'm sure that it would have somewhat changed my mind. At some points, the story was really prepleaxing and I lost track of the story a couple of times. For a very big part of this I was confused I didn't know what was happeing , why or where. I was just reading. And some of the events in the story were just lame and unneccaerliy. Like I couldn't see the point. The dialogues were extra-long and boring and I almost skipped them. The story as a whole had a slow pace.

     I didn't like how it was written, it was written as in a third person narrating the story. Because of that and for some reason I wasn't able to decide if I liked Grace or not. I didn't until the end of the book where I actually liked the ending, it wasn't expected and although it was a bit brutal, I think that this was the only part that I actually liked in the book.

     Overall, this definitely this book wasn't really the book for me. I started this book expecting a dystopia but it was nothing that I enjoyed. Mystries, crime and a lot of action took place in this story. So I think that people who enjoy mystries and such will enjoy this one.

Title: The Immotality Virus
Author: Christine Amsden
Published: June 15th 2011 by Paladin Timeless Books
Source: A copy was provided as a participant in the blog tour.
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 1/5

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

About the Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

When she's not writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing, usually at Savvy Authors. She also offers professional editing services. She maintains a book review blog on her website with occasional writing tips thrown in for the fun of it. Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children. 

Connect with the author @Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Find the book @Barnes&Noble | Amazon  | Amazon Kindle

This tour is presented by The Reading Addiction Blog Tours

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

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Rachel :) said...

Great review! I love dystopians but it's a shame this one fell flat for you. I hate slow pacing and if I don't like the main character, I never settle into the story.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! And I love your new layout - it's gorge! :D

Jessica@Booked Up! said...

Lovely review, Mariam! I'm sorry this one didn't really work for you. And the romance seems like a big let-down, and romance is one of the key things for me. Anyway, thanks for sharing this book with us. I agree with Rachel, you're new layout is fantastic and I love it! :) xxx

city said...

thanks for sharing.

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