Overall, a very shallow book. Despite the authors attempt to flesh out the characters, they were shallow. The book read as if it were just banged out, wham bam. I can't recall any spelling errors but the grammar was off enough that I had to read some sentences more than once to determine who or what the subject was. Further, the author needs to expand her general knowledge. For some reason, she thinks that a vehicle not only requires fuel for the brakes to work, but that somehow the brakes actually use fuel. When I read this I thought that nobody can be that ignorant of basic knowledge about major automotive mechanical systems such as brakes.
The premise for Jacqueline Druga’s Immune is very interesting. It is a telling of a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of someone who is immune to the virus that begins the whole thing. But, the way Druga told the story left this reader unsatisfied.
According to the book’s description the main protagonist is Grace Howard. She is immune, but her children and husband are not. Of the characters that populate Immune, Grace is the most fleshed out and draws the most empathy. Unfortunately, Druga throws some other characters in the story that aren’t fleshed out enough to contribute to the premise. For example, Paul, who is also immune, goes from being a self-centered jerk to self-sacrificing hero to unredeemable villain. There was nothing in the tale to explain his story arch.
By the end of the book the story has become Max’s story not Grace’s. Druga provides two alternative endings and the second alternative should have been the one she went with. It most captured the premise that Druga started with, what would it be like for someone immune to the zombie virus go through the zombie apocalypse. In the second alternative ending, Druga writes the following line of dialogue for Grace: “Being immune is a curse. We have to watch others die.” I think that captured what Druga wanted to show in this story.
Had Druga stuck to her premise and told the story through Grace, Immune would have been a very good read. However, she didn’t and Immune isn’t a satisfying read. A much better story by Jacqueline Druga is Last Woman.
The author thanked her many fans for previewing and helping her edit her book. I would like to suggest that she have a professional editor onboard. I saw too many spelling/grammar errors that were distracting to the reading for me to give this a full 5 stars. Otherwise, I rather liked the story - she gave it an interesting spin, with the some of the survivors having immunity and some not having immunity. What I really enjoyed were the 3 different endings. Not sure which one was my favorite - I think the one she chose worked best - but it was kind of fun to read the other endings. Wait, did i say fun? This is a story that is not fun - the author does not pull any punches - no fairy tales here, bad things happen. I liked it well enough to purchase another one of her books. More on that one later.
I've really liked every Jacquie Druga book I've read so far. This one, though, not so much. The book is too short to support so many POV characters, too many POV changes where I wasn't sure who was telling the story, lots of glaring typos and the ending just came too fast - almost as if the author grew tired of writing. Yes, the book contained two alternative endings, and in good George Martin style, several POV characters died...but disappointing. Compare this to Last Woman, and it's almost like it was written by someone else
I love Druga's writing. She has such a talent for bringing you right into the characters in her stories. This was a really short but emotional story which has such a weird ending! I won't give it away but this was a first for me. I don't think I would like it every time.
I just want to keep track of my own reading so we know whether or not to buy another book from this author so I think blah blah blah because it won't let me save my rating unless I leave a review anyway as far as I can remember this is a pretty good book