Review: The Serenity Strain
Chris Pourteau will conjure up a number of emotions for readers of The Serenity Strain. He puts forward the pain, frustration and betrayal of a failing marriage. He grimly produces a sense stomach-twisting, psychotic sadism in Serenity’s villains. Teen angst, the love of faithful dog, the doubt of a scientist in over his head… all come through Pourteau’s pages vividly.
Part of the larger Apocalypse Weird universe, The Serenity Strain brushes back human progress through a series of hurricanes and failed, backfiring, genetic procedures. Various easter eggs and winks to other Apocalypse Weird books are present, but the focus of the story is on a broken family navigating the receding waters of a dark new world. In the process they are brought face to face with their failings and look forward to the possibility of becoming the sort of people they would like to be.
Every character is well developed, which seems to be a strength of Pourteau’s. It seems that making the villains as detestable as possible was a goal, mission accomplished though at times if feels that the interesting conflict among the book’s villains is tossed aside for the sake of them doing villainous things for the sake of being (cue Dr. Evil voice) “EVIL.”
This is a page turner, and the ending will leave you desiring to find out what happens next.
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – and you’ve got it above!