Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

“I’m sorry, Dr. Gauley. But the ruling of the United States Commission for resolution of Morris’s Disease is no.”

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Synopsis:

When young Lisa Morris begins to feel ill during a family vacation her parents chalked it up to her just being under the weather. When her father began to feel ill he chalked it up to jet lag. When everyone that came into contact with Lisa began dying her aunt, a well versed pediatrician, knew that there was something more sinister at hand.

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When her whole world is turned upside down by a disease that kills just as quickly as it spreads Dr. Isabelle Gauley takes the weight of the world on her shoulders to save what semblance of health the remaining population has left. Wrought with grief and over worked after the introduction of Morris’s Disease, Dr. Gauley races against time and political unrest to find a cure. This story will spark intense internal debate as it unfolds when autonomy and the survival of the human race is threatened in this fast paced dystopian novella. Goodreads synopsis here.

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This DRC was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This in no way sways my opinion of the novella.

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My thoughts:

This was a book I requested off a whim because I was intrigued by the cover and then the synopsis grabbed me. It’s about 130 pages and I finished it in a couple of hours overall, the formatting of this on my e-reader wasn’t the best but it didn’t hinder the story for me personally. I hadn’t ever read a story with the premise of a plague wiping out a massive percentage of the population so expect macabre vibes throughout this novel. The author kept the key characters to a minimum which made it easy to follow what was going on, I believe the story progressed as it should have and there were no lulls in the plot. I pretty much devoured this guys. There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of science so for anyone who’s worried about not being able to understand don’t worry! I was really pleased with the last couple of chapters because I thought the story was wrapping up and then the author threw in one last plot twist to leave my heart racing. The only reason this wasn’t a 5-Star read was because of the formatting issues which are important when it comes to the overall cohesiveness of the story. This shouldn’t be a problem with the hardback that will be published in December!

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Characters:

Isabelle Gauley: This story is told from her POV and you can really see her progression from hopelessness to “I’m just gonna get this done by myself” She is a very strong lead and is meticulous in her planning and execution of her ideas. You can tell that she’s weary but she’s never been used to not trying to save people so she just can’t stop. She has two sisters Brooke who adopted Lisa, and Angela who opposes literally everything she stands for. In the end you’re gonna be pretty amazed at what she does because I was sitting there after the novel like “This is one bad ass woman”.

Mark & Sandy: These were Isabelle’s colleagues who are with her until the end. Surprisingly the author provided enough character building with these two that I found myself loving them which is impressive considering how short this story was. I’m very happy with these two as characters and the roles that they play within the plot.

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Wrap-up:

If you’re a fan of dystopian sci-fi and some politics thrown in there or even a fan of the game Pandemic I would recommend this book to you wholeheartedly. I will be reading Mira Grant’s other works whenever I can. I rated this novel 4.9/5 🌟

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“If there is any mercy in this story, it is that she did not suffer when she reached the end. She was no longer there to understand what suffering was”

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Until next time! ✨

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