Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In the very near future, a new virus, MRSAII, has been unleashed and is the cause of thousands of deaths. A competition begins between two BigPharma companies to find the cure, Denali, a successful new lab and Horton, a family owned lab that is struggling to find what is called a 'blockbuster' that will see their lab thrive.
Horton labs thinks it has found a way to compete with Denali but whilst doing so unleashes a new 'superbug' that is even more deadly than MRSAII.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was pretty entertaining, a very fast paced read that held my interest right up to the end. The other side of the coin is that the characters didn't feel real to me and weren't very likeable. Sylvia is a young scientist working at Horton, when first introduced she appears to have some ethics around her work but these all go out the window when the CEO comes up with a plan to introduce a mutant strain of MRSAII that has mild symptoms and can be easily cured, by them. They will introduce the virus and then market the cure a week or so later, creating a product stream and getting Horton some much needed profit. She immediately jumps on board with this idea without questioning or thinking about the consequences of their actions. This made her an extremely unsympathetic character and one that I couldn't get invested in at all. Another thing I didn't like is that no one is ultimately held accountable for what happens, this is not a gripe against the author as I'm sure that it's only based on how white collar crime is handled today.
The fact that this story centres around corrupt pharma companies makes it especially chilling and it certainly gives food for thought around how many of the world's illnesses are manufactured so that companies can cash in with a ready made cure. Aside from the character issues and my own anger at the subject matter, I did enjoy this read and would recommend it for those that enjoy medical thrillers.