For those of you who join in with the #Friday56 and #Bookbeginnings memes, this is one of the books I chose for that feature. You can read all about it here!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To Quote: Fear gives you wings. Rage is a powerful engine.
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme
I am reviewing Fever by Deon Meyer. Here are my thoughts:
^^ Fever, is a stonking great big book, where we look into the lives of several characters after a virus has swept through the country. This starts off with a boy and his dad with a mission to build a community, to rebuild life. It’s told from his teenage son’s point of view with references to his dad’s record keeping notes.
^^ But what if protecting your community from Marauders means thinking like them? Can you really build a calm oasis in a world where it’s kill or be killed? Is the virus the only silent enemy?
^^ Deon Meyer is the bestselling crime writer in South Africa. Initially, having not read this author before (pulls a shameful face), I did wonder if I’d “get it”, as with some translations there is often something that is lost when you can’t get the correct colloquial phrases and meanings from the translated work. Despite the original language being Afrikaana, I have no problems reading this at all, and connecting to the characters was just as easy. In fact, I think it’s a very cleverly written book, and the author is making really good use of one of the character’s need to write everything down.
^^ Meyer is one of those authors, like Deaver, who feeds a lot of information into his books via his characters and their specialities. I like that in a book. You know, when a character explains their passions and the reader learns something new.
^^ This book made me think how odd it would be surviving in a world where the usual sources of affection have been removed. Imagine, no wife or husband, kids, family. Just strangers. Add that to going back to a simple way of life, without the pressure of a busy working week, and gadgets all vying for your attention. It’s no wonder the people in Amanzi start to miss the old world less and less. Oh, I could pinpoint so much out of this novel that made me think. What if…
^^ I must add how it also made me ponder how we’ve created an unnatural world that truly wouldn’t help us survive in a post apocalyptic life. If it ever happened, and this book was found, we’d not only be learning from it, but we’d say, “damn, Meyer was right!”
^^ This was separated into parts and many of the chapters started with the Chinese Calendar- I think this was so we could understand in time, where they were at, although I’m not really sure it added anything to the story and I feel these could have been left out.
^^ If I were to compare this epic thriller to anything it would a be a huge mix of Deaver like crime, Andy McNab military skills and the community building efforts of The Stand, The Dome and The Walking Dead (without zombies, of course).
^^ The ending, well, let’s just say it’s worth the wait. I never expected what happened, and I was shocked, saddened and happily optimistic for those involved. Tremendous!
Overall: Meyer highlights how devastation not only ruins lives, but changes them. Some for the best. Some for the worst. This is a statement about the human condition; what it means to be human in a world that shows signs of normalising with constrictions of a life of mere survival. Life is the calm after the storm. After the virus has hit. Life goes on, anyway it can. And so does the virus. An enjoyable epic read!