Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1), A Novel by Bobby L. Adair is a frightening futuristic book. I gave it four stars.
It starts with Lucy, the family dog fighting to the death and being mauled. Christian Black's father grieved loudly when he found her destroyed body in the backyard.
Christian described his fighting without rules. "That was important to me. It was how I used a cruder version of the corporal methods utilized by the school official to teach the bullies to leave me and my two little brothers alone." His goal is survival for him and his family in the midst of chaos.
The H5N1 virus was a prion virus that destroyed brain cells.
Sometimes the victims of it became violent. Sometimes they just faded away before they died. Christian's family lost his twin brothers, Mason and Caden, and both his parents have it.
"I didn't say anything more as we ate. In fact, the words I'd already used were just habit. Back at the beginning, I thought continuing to talk to him might be therapeutic in some way.
Through the months, I came to realize I was talking at him rather than to him. Eventually, I stopped doing even that."
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Virus-Rust-Book-ebook/dp/B01IUFLY7E
Why ever read a biography of Rust? I also asked myself this question when I started reading it. But then I remembered I once read a book on Rain and wondered the same thing. However, both rust and rain are parts of life and their respective books were more interested than previously expected.
There were some genuinely interesting parts in this, some things I had previously never even considered. Like the restoration of the Statue of Liberty but more importantly the part on the canning industry. Made me look differently the next time I took a can.
Some parts were a bit long winded though, but I think more people than expected will find this interesting.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
“Pray for the Rust Maidens
Even after all these years, those words suck the breath right out of my chest.”
After hearing about this book from several book pushing friends, I had a loud niggling feeling that I was going to enjoy this story from the very beginning but I wasn’t prepared for just how much I was going to LOVE it because I am such a grumpy, jaded reader most of the time.
The Rust Maidens is a look at a town falling to ruin and the people hanging on for dear life because they have no other choice. There’s an overall feeling of inertia, decay and depression as folks attempt to go about their lives as if nothing terrifying were happening to their town, to their lives, to their daughters . . .
Phoebe returns to the childhood home she left 28 years earlier to help move her dad into a nursing home. The return triggers memories of the past and the terrifying occurrences that forever after left an enormous blight on the town. When Phoebe was a teen five girls, one of them her best friend, began to suffer from a strange affliction. The affliction starts to change them physically and earns them the moniker “The Rust Maidens” and it appears the affliction has returned to strike again. The body horror is real and it is horrifying and that’s all I’m saying about it.
Once I started The Rust Maidens, I had a difficult time putting it down to live my life because I needed to know what the heck was happening to these girls. There aren’t a lot of stories that manage to hook me the way this one this did. The writing is intimate and beautifully disturbing. I’m a huge fan of body horror when done for more than gross-out effect (well, ok, I do like those too if they look like Jeff Goldblum in THE FLY) but this story gets it all right. There’s just something about losing control of your entire self and transforming that terrifies and calls to me to read more . . .
I thought Phoebe was a terrific character and a faithful friend who feels all of her attempts to help only succeed in making matters worse and she shoulders far too much guilt. She’s a tough girl, a troublemaker and her return shakes up the lethargy that continues to plague the town.
There is a dark beauty in the decay that permeates this story and I think anyone looking for a unique horror story as well as a beautifully crafted heroine will love it too.