Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Maegan's review of Human Instincts by Ioana Visan

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of -- Human Instincts by Ioana Visan

My overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Dr. Deanna Nichols is a geneticist searching for a cure to save the world. After the war nearly destroyed it by releasing an aggressive virus, it was the vaccine that killed the humanity’s chances for progress and survival. Deanna feels guilty because she has participated in creating the vaccine, and General Mackenzie never lets her forget that.

Their luck changes when they are contacted by the convicts held in a secret military prison hidden in the arctic desert. The C deviance criminals are willing to negotiate and provide unaffected DNA samples in exchange for supplies and a visit paid by the doctor herself. Suddenly there’s hope, so Deanna embarks on a dangerous journey to a grittier reality than she had expected.

Could a woman alone save the world?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 28 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review:
This book is a post apocalyptic story where the main character is trying to save the human race. I really enjoyed the morals that were in the story. One of them is how even in rough/horrible times, some people still try to be human. Another one is how even though one makes a mistake, they can come back from it.

This book for me wasn't slow at all and just kept me on the edge of my seat till I finished the book. I really don't recall any slow  parts in the book at all. There are some parts were people get hurt, but the author did not go into much description about what happened to them. I really like that it was up to the readers imagination to fill in those parts.

There was a twist at the end that really caught me off guard the first time through, but when I re-read the story, I was able to see foreshadowing for the twist. Loved it!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, post-apocalyptic 
Age recommendations -- 18+ due to some violence and scientific explanations
Sex content rating -- mild, there is none in the story just the thought that it might happen
Violence -- moderate, due to the fights that happened in the middle to end

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