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Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden & 10 things you didn't know....The Immortality VirusImmortality Virus by Christine Amsden & 10 things you didn't know....

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren’t talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the ever-increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.

Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change — if he’s still alive. To complicate matters, Grace’s employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice — help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace’s true mission, they won’t hesitate to kill her in order to preserve their shot at immortality.

Winner of the Epic Award for Science Fiction, the Global eBook Award for Science Fiction, and a finalist in The Next Gernation Indie Book Awareds.

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REVIEW:

The The Immortality VirusImmortality Virus by Christine Amsden & 10 things you didn't know.... was a fast paced science fiction tale set in an alternative reality if the key’s to immortality was found. It is not a dystopian story as much as it takes place in a dystopian future. Thing about what would happen if everyone stopped being able to die, but people kept having babies? Christine Alderman takes us along for her fictional exploration of this very question. Through in a mystery, a wee bit of romance and you have a science fiction novel that even those that are not SF fans will enjoy.

Our protagonist, Grace Harper is a former Chicago cop. She is relatively young, under 150 years, and has already gotten herself blacklisted by The Establishment, basically Corporate America. Because of an “incident” she was no longer able to be a police officer and turned to being a private investigator. The world is in chaos, people are starving, she has to body surf  (and not the fun kind involving a wet suit and a great set of waves in Cali or Hawaii) through the crowds to get to the trains. People are living on nutrient bars because there is not enough food to support the populace.

With The Establishment there are different factions, just as we have here in today’s world. Answering that age-old question, as much as things change, they will always stay the same. Occupying this Wall Street is completely different though. When a CEO in The Establishment offers her a job, her own personal secret of being pro-death comes to light. Can she find how The Change came about? Can she help solve a 400 year old problem? Or will she get caught up in corruption, cover up and a brewing war.

The story is a fun read and was had to put down. It kick started me out of a reading slump because it was just what the doctor ordered, something different and interesting. The author developed the characters in a realistic and as I read I could see how each were growing along with their own changing convictions. Even the name Grace is wonderfully chosen. I could picture her, almost like a white hat wearing hero from a western!

I took my time reading this, but not because I was not engaged, but because it was reading so fast. I wanted to think about what I was reading and enjoy my little trip into the future. Hard core Science Fiction buffs may not like some of the softer sides, the more human sides of this story but if you like your science fiction on the side of urban futuristic spice, a dash of mystery, a splash of romance to brood in dark introspection of”what if?” I recommend it. This is not a YA read, there are some moments that are a bit intense and would not want to have to answer questions to my 15-year-old.

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Christine Amsden (and my own responses)

 

Chocolate For Snobs

Chocolate For Snobs (Photo credit: jitze)

1. I’m a chocolate snob. I love it, but only the best. No Hershey’s for me, please!

(I concur, though Hershey’s on a simple S’More is fine, but only if you are camping! Otherwise it is Lindt for my everyday chocolate!)

2. I love to play games. My current favorite is Dominion, because every card combination is a little different. Keeps me from learning the strategy too quickly.

(Card games… OK I love card games, but I have not whipped any out in a while unless you count me kicking the ManBeast’s rear-end at Cribbage on our weekly game on Saturday night!)

3. I can beat you at Spades.

(Hmm I am really really good at Spades, but I can beat you at Cribbage even if I am in labor)

TARDIS Mk VII

TARDIS Mk VII (Photo credit: >Rooners)

4. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I get hooked on a show, I become devoted. My current fav is Doctor Who, despite the fact that I am not a fan of The Doctor’s current companion, Amy Pond. (One more season!) I even have a TARDIS-shaped USB port. (It makes the TARDIS noise when you insert a USB confection.)

(Bow ties are cool)

5. My current favorite genre is romance. Yeah, I know, The Immortality Virus doesn’t really have any, but I’m correcting that problem in my new series coming out next year! 🙂

(I will skip this one and pretend I Did not read it because of my Harlequin Romance induced PTSD)

6. Red is my favorite color, and has been since I realized it looked good on me. 

(Red is good… red is the color of blood, I am painting my Wonderland Red.. oh wait sorry that was my inner homicidal girl coming out to play.. seriously Red is an AWESOME color!!)

7. I have read the Harry Potter series two or three dozen times. Well, except for the last book, which I have only read four or five times. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read them, and I think I may need to read them again. 

8. I am an environmentalist. I recycle, bring cloth bags to the grocery store, and when my kids were babies, I used cloth diapers. They’re not as bad as you might think — no safety pins involved! (http://shop.fuzzibunz.com/

Wesley Crusher

Wesley Crusher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

9. When I was a teenager, I had a crush on Wesley Crusher.

(That is OK I still have a crush on good old Wesley!)

10. I married my best friend.

(*Looking over at my best friend..* I am marrying mine too, the best way to go!)

 

 

Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden & 10 things you didn't know....Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

When she’s not writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing, usually at Savvy Authors. She also offers professional editing services. She maintains a book review blog on her website with occasional writing tips thrown in for the fun of it.

Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

 

Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden & 10 things you didn't know....

6 Comments

  1. Hershey’s doesn’t work on s’mores anymore. It used to, when I was a kid, but they changed the recipe, making it waxier, so it doesn’t melt properly. The gooey, hot marshmallow is supposed to make the chocolate gooey as well; it shouldn’t taste like marshmallow creme on a brick. the answer? Lindt! I recently did a test using several different premium chocolates, and Lindt milk chocolate s’mores are like a little bit of heaven in the woods. You don’t even need to use much of it — one or two squares packs more punch than half a Hershey’s bar. Mmmmmm…..:)

    Oh, and thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for the ping 😀
    I wish i can have Lindt everyday! But it’s sooo not good for my pocket OR my hips LOL
    There’s a lindt cafe just around the corner from my office though – d’Oh! Really not good for me ;p
    Show me some love!

    • OMG A LINDT cafe???????? OMG I think I would be SO .. I would be waddling man!

  3. This is a great post! I love it =)

  4. Great synopsis, review and love the interview!

  5. I’ve always thought of Immortality Virus as a romantic novel if not technically a romance. there was plenty of sexual energy between main characters and it was refreshing not too have all that energy focus on sex.

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