Friday, 6 May 2016

Book Review: Mutation Z by Marilyn Peake

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. 

At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It's run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she's determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world. 

My Review:
Emma is bored with her everyday life and goes in search of adventure by volunteering to be an Ebola Nurse in Liberia. She thinks that this will be exciting and there might even be a prospect for romance with a sexy foreign doctor.

Her fellow volunteers and Emma herself seem to have no concept of what Ebola is, that they could die, that doctors are too busy trying to save lives to waste time on dumb, spoiled, bored rich kids and that these African villages are not five star accomodation. I mean really, were none of them capable of using the internet to look at where they were travelling to? Have they READ anything about Ebola? Are aid agencies that desperate that these clowns are taken on to nurse the sick??? If you want to read a Morons-On-Tour book, this is the one for you!

Emma is a muppet. She is surprised that Liberia has a real airport instead of a jungle landing strip. She then gets nervous in the airport that the locals might storm the airport and drag her out to a remote prison where she'll never be heard of again. Why didn't she stay at home and do something challenging like painting her toenails in glittery rainbow colours instead of taking her arrogant prejudices and racial steriotypes on her ego trip to Africa? I despised her. She seems more interested in trying to get a romance going with a doctor than caring for the dying.

The rest of the group are just as bad. This group are supposed to have done an in depth induction but they barely seem to know what their own names are, never mind how to treat a deadly disease. One girl is wandering around barefoot outside the wards where infected people are brought in, one tries to go into the assigned ward without protective clothing, one is talking about looking forward to her air conditioned room as it is too hot...who are these ditzy cows??? They of course go out to a party and get drunk, staggering back into the compound where infectious people are. Yeah, that sounds about right. And when they get taken out to meet the families of the infected in the village, nobody is wearing protective gear and they are wandering all over the place!

This was really bad on an epic scale. The characters are idiots, the plot is so far fetched that conspiracy theorists would snigger at it. I mean EMMA coming across a zombie raising medical conspiracy? I'm amazed she finds her way out of bed in the morning. Poorly written, poorly developed and I was pleased to abandon this and read something else instead.
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  1. OMG I hate Emma, to think going to a country plagued with Ebola would be a good way to get laid.

    1. I wanted her to get infected and die! The poor people with Ebola in this book should never have been subjected to her!