Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Venom of Vipers review
The Venom of Vipers (science fiction thriller) is the second book I have read by KC May, both of them excellent. I don't typically read a lot of scifi stuff, but this book had me hooked early and kept me interested till the end. I finished it up in two sittings.
The plot is that there is a super disease that is well on its way to wiping humans off the planet. If the disease is cured it creates toxins that destroy the body, if it is not a terrible death waits. A sub race of humans mixed with reptile DNA is created to make them immune to the disease in hopes that studying them will translate into a cure for the human race. The sub race (Saphers) have some problems of their own mainly they are unable to reproduce without having a human surrogate mother.
Katie whose father is one of the head scientists at the compound where the Saphers are kept is brought in to help with their reproductive issues to make them a viable race in the event that humanity is wiped out by the disease. Katie grew up with a Sapher named Ryder as her best friend and wants nothing more for them to become recognized as citizens and afforded basic rights.
I really enjoyed this book because it has a great feel of reality to it. There are 2 major groups that protest at the Sapher compound one group that wants them to be released as free people and one that thinks of them as abominations and wants them wiped out. The characters are very easy to understand with a few of them being a little over the top, but I think that is what makes a thriller. Overall this book was fantastic and I will continue to read what KC May has to offer.