The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ Immunity

Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ Immunity

A Book of the Week Review by Jocelyn

Immunity by Taylor Antrim

I’m back from vacation! I had tons of time to read while gone (YAY), but back now and catching up on real life has left me short on time to review, so bear with me this week for a brief review.

Your Hardcover Honey gets lots of books recommended to her, but nothing beats that feeling of randomly perusing the library stacks and pulling out a book because the spine interests you. That was the case with this week’s read Immunity and if you have a day to kill, it is definitely a fast read and worth your time.

Hard luck toilet accessory heiress (trust me, this will make sense when you read the book) Catherine Duval needs a job. With 4% of the world’s population swept away by a new virus called TX, and every cough or sniffle a cause for hard looks and suspicion, the book opens with her on a mysterious job interview for an ill-defined role in a new company called Pursuit (as in “of happiness”… or is it?), fighting a tickle in her throat. Pursuit is a new company, a sort of highly specialized concierge service for the ultra-wealthy. You need special sheets for your high-end hotel stay? Done. A reservation at the “we don’t take reservations” hot spot? Done.

When Catherine is granted the job, she’s ecstatic. And when her boss, the charismatic Mercer Kerrigan (such great character names here throughout!) sends her to a telegenic doctor for a special new immunity implant (the first of its kind?) she is even more thrilled.

As weird implants often do, however, this one gives Catherine some trouble… And that’s aside from the trouble she encounters at work, as she quickly sees the darker side of Pursuit when she is flown to a remote hotel in a small town upstate where she observes groups of Pursuit customers doing one of the things the 1% would TOTALLY do if they could get away with it – shooting money attached to sandbags into a crowd of poor people and then shooting said poor people with rubber bullets when they run for the money, duh. If you think there AREN’T people out there who would pay for a trip like that, well, think again. 

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was a decent mashup for me of two genres I enjoy, the post-apocalyptic tale, plus the economic divide thriller. I have never heard of this author before randomly pulling his book from the shelf, but this Hardcover Honey will certainly be on the lookout for his future work... especially if he dials up the suspense a bit and pulls back the ennui. 

Hardcover Honey verdict: 4 out of 5 ominous coughs – gave me lots to think about!