Contagion by Teri Terry

Contagion by Teri Terry is the first book in her Dark Matter trilogy. The trilogy is billed as young adult, but don’t let age stop you. It’s an interesting read for all adults, young or otherwise.

Callie has been abducted and subjected to horrific scientific experiments. She’s escaped, but things are going from bad to worse.

Kai and his family have been looking for his younger sister, Callie, who’s been missing for a year. He’s recently been contacted by Shay, who is the last person to have seen his sister alive. The teenagers form a bond and are actively searching for Callie, even though the country has been overtaken by a deadly epidemic. Is this how the world ends?

Contagion is very well written. The story is told through the alternating viewpoints of Callie and Shay, which the author handles nicely with appropriate chapter headers. Scotland is an excellent choice of location and is strongly featured throughout the story. The characters are fully fleshed and the dialogue is strong. The plot and it’s twists completely grab and hold the reader’s attention. The ending satisfies but also sets the stage for the second installment of the trilogy, which I will definitely be reading. This novel has earned a 4 out of 5 star rating. I recommend it to young adult readers and anyone who likes a well-written mystery/thriller.

My thanks to Charlesbridge and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

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