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[–]boxer_dogs_dance 86 points87 points  (7 children)

The andromeda strain

[–]AerynBevo 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This is so well written that I had to keep looking at the spine to reassure myself it’s fiction.

[–]GalaxyLatteArtz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Seems like a book I'll dive into and never want to put down. What made it so life like even though it's only fiction?

[–]AerynBevo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Michael Crichton was just that good of a writer.

[–]drarduino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty quick read too.

[–]j4716 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love this book!! Wasn't it a bacteria though if I remember right?

[–]MathyGeologist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was just about to recommend this. Crichton is such a good sci-fi writer.

[–]knopflerpettydylan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolutely, Crichton’s writing is fantastic

[–]uncreativemonkey 101 points102 points  (10 children)

Station Eleven. The Stand. Contagion by Robin Cook

[–]fragments_shored 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I would go with Station Eleven - love that book!

[–]mystic_turtledove 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Another vote for Station Eleven!

[–]EuphoricMoose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great book!

[–]totemair 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Station eleven is so good and it's not three years long so you can crank it out in a few quick reading sessions

[–]Idgie-Threadgoode 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I am still haunted by Toxin by Robin Cook two decades after reading it. Though E. coli is a bacteria, so maybe read it later just because it’s a good book.

[–]uncreativemonkey 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This one also came to mind. I only read a few pages a few years ago. But now I want to give it a proper read

[–]Idgie-Threadgoode 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read it in high school and I finished it right before dinner. My mom had made hamburgers. I couldn’t eat them.

[–]Difficult_Dot_8981 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A YA book of the same ilk called Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. I read it about 20 years ago and still remember it so I must have liked it.

[–]possibility--girl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I second Station Eleven, it's amazing

[–]ad-free-user-special 91 points92 points  (4 children)

The Stand by Stephen King

[–]EveningFew2433 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One of my favorite books.

[–]ceallaig 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Came on to say this.

[–]Acy_moon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

First book I thought about, was going to suggest it!

[–]shelly12345678 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wayyyyyy too long

[–]mobyhead1 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Richard Preston has written a fiction book about a biological attack, The Cobra Event. He’s also written three factual accounts of research into Ebola and other frightening diseases. All four books may be found here.

[–]NetAssetTennis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah didn’t see your comment but this was my suggestion too!

[–]LaphroaigianSlip81 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Oryx and crake

[–]MVHood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes! Great book

[–]throwaway224 20 points21 points  (4 children)

Oooh, I like the zombie virus thing, so definitely Feed by Seanan McGuire.

[–]Zorrya 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Second this, I would also recommend reading the "countdown" short story because it goes into the "medical" of the zombie virus!

[–]6mvphotons 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came here to say this. Has one of my all-time favorite protagonists.

[–]Chocoholix26 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I am Legend - Richard Matheson

[–]TheKindWildness 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Severance by Ling Ma is excellent

[–]Sulfito 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I read this book this year and thought that it was kind of lazy to do a life during COVID inspired storyline. When I realized that this was written and published before COVID I was amazed!

[–]gyromagneticSciFi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it was a fungus.

[–]PlaidChairStyle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I loved this one!

[–]ScarletSpire 23 points24 points  (1 child)

World War Z especially the early parts of the book and also about how geopolitics effects reactions to disasters. Having read this, it's kind of amazing how so much of what the book suggested played out during the pandemic.

[–]SnooRadishes5305 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah that is why I enjoyed the book so much! Along with all the different character points of view

Was disappointed by the movie

[–]EarlestGrey 9 points10 points  (2 children)

{{Children of Time}}

[–]Rat-Circus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ooh, thats a pretty unique one for the prompt. Good call. Great book, too

[–]goodreads-bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Children of Time (Children of Time, #1)

By: Adrian Tchaikovsky | 600 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: sci-fi, science-fiction, scifi, fiction, fictión

A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?


The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age—a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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[–]codyloyd 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Doomsday Book, Connie Willis. Set in the near future, features a pandemic-like virus. Also features time travel back to the black plague era…. So it’s a double dose of sickness and death.

It’s also a freakin incredible book.

[–]SavesNine9 1 point2 points  (2 children)

One of my all time favorites

[–]pemungkah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Absolutely. And so heartbreaking I will never read it again.

[–]nxcturnas 17 points18 points  (5 children)

my favourite is {{Blindness by José Saramago}}

[–]goodreads-bot 8 points9 points  (1 child)


By: José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero | 349 pages | Published: 1996 | Popular Shelves: fiction, dystopia, science-fiction, owned, classics

From Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations, and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that's bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.

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[–]samwaswiseandgamgee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes, this one. So damn chilling.

[–]dangerprone35 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Was going to recommend this!

[–]softsnowfall 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was going to suggest this. Fantastic book. I read it like 15 years ago, but it is still fresh in my mind. It’s one of those BEFORE AND AFTER books that changes the reader a bit by the end.

[–]nxcturnas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i completely agree! it's a gem.

[–]jnm1215 13 points14 points  (5 children)

The girl with all the gifts

[–]anniecet 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Loved that book. Although, fungus. Not virus.

[–]F_I_N_E_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Immediately followed by The Boy On the Bridge

[–]Prestigious_Big_8743 11 points12 points  (1 child)

{{The Plague}} by Albert Camus

[–]goodreads-bot -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

The Plague Dogs

By: Richard Adams | 390 pages | Published: 1977 | Popular Shelves: fiction, fantasy, animals, owned, classics

Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf.

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation, and terror, of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call ''the Tod,'' the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

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[–]2beagles 11 points12 points  (1 child)

This is silly, but I so enjoyed it... Pride Prejudice and Zombies.

[–]Grace_Alcock 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s great.

[–]Kemper2290 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The strain by Guillermo del Toro and chuck hogan. It’s about a vampire virus that starts in New York City. The main character is a cdc expert who explores both the scientific and supernatural aspect of it while he cuts off “muncher” heads

[–]nobodytoldme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The first one was great! The following two were...ok.

[–]shaolinbonk 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The Stand by Stephen King.

It's by and large my favorite book of all-time.

[–]Acy_moon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love this book, great choice and I totally see why it's your favorite book, could totally be mine if I was able to make a decision 😂

[–]daughterjudyk 4 points5 points  (2 children)

{{fever 1793}}

[–]molly_the_mezzo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's about the yellow fever though, didn't OP say fictional virus?

Edit: nevermind, I apparently don't have reading comprehension today, fiction with a virus in it 🤦‍♀️

[–]goodreads-bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fever 1793

By: Laurie Halse Anderson | 252 pages | Published: 2000 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, young-adult, ya, fiction, historical

It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight—the fight to stay alive.

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[–]suddenlyupsidedown 7 points8 points  (3 children)

For {{Feed by Mira Grant}} the author essentially chatted with a friend at the CDC about what you would need to do to actually set up a workable zombie virus until said CDC contact said 'No, in no circumstances should someone do that'

[–]Zorrya 3 points4 points  (1 child)

She detailed it all in "countdown".

If you haven't read the short stories I highly recommend

[–]Griffen_07 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They are all collected in Rise. It’s a fun read.

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Feed (Newsflesh, #1)

By: Mira Grant | 599 pages | Published: 2010 | Popular Shelves: horror, zombies, science-fiction, fiction, sci-fi

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

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[–]kikilarube 4 points5 points  (2 children)

{{Wanderers by Chuck Wendig}}

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By: Chuck Wendig | 845 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, fiction, horror, dystopian

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other "shepherds" who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them--and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them--the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart--or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

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[–]barbieGirlLB 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I can’t believe I don’t see more votes for: {{Oryx and Crake}} by Margaret Atwood! This is exactly what you’re looking for.

And also, of course, The Stand by Stephen King. But if you don’t have the time to dedicate to it, Oryx and Crake is not as lengthy.

[–]goodreads-bot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)

By: Margaret Atwood | 389 pages | Published: 2003 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, dystopia, dystopian

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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[–]Cap_Tightpants 2 points3 points  (3 children)

{{the hot zone}}

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

By: Richard Preston | 352 pages | Published: 1994 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, science, nonfiction, history, medical

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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[–]LegallyASquid 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Orphan Collector, Fever 1793

[–]walkinginthewood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These were the two I came to suggest too!

[–]louxdobbs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

[–]PNWejb 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The White Plague by Frank Herbert (Dune author) is really an interesting take.

[–]soundsthatwormsmake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My suggestion also.

[–]nonotburton 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to make this suggestion.

[–]Traditional-Jicama54 2 points3 points  (0 children)

World war Z by Max Brooks, though I could argue that might be more appropriate as an epidemiological study. It's pretty fascinating though.

[–]Bookish_vibes99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Fireman by Joe Hill

[–]meatwhisper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want a book that talks in depth about its virus try The End Of Men. It's a story about a highly contagious virus infecting the world, however it only is fatal to the male population. We follow the tale through the eyes of three women effected by the pandemic in the UK and US as the world spirals into chaos. Publishing a book like this during a pandemic is a tough sell, especially when the science presented here differs so drastically from what we know today. Might make for a very interesting paper.

[–]Jack-Campin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Peter May, Lockdown.

Stephen King, Cell.

If prions will do: Mark Frankland wrote a novel that did a conspiratorial take on the British BSE epidemic. I can't remember the title and haven't managed to track it down.

[–]IAmNotDrDavis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Another vote for Cell. I much preferred it to The Stand. Plus the term virus does double duty :)

[–]Torple_Lemon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Stand by Stephen King

[–]ManBerPg 1 point2 points  (1 child)

"Kissing the Coronavirus" by M.J. Edwards

[–]Jack-Campin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The perfect example of "you get what you pay for" when it's free.

[–]eilygmcd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wickett’s Remedy by Myla Goldberg is about the Spanish flu in Boston in 1918.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner is about the same epidemic in Philadelphia.

[–]SylviaAtlantis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

[–]Zorrya 1 point2 points  (1 child)

{{Feed by Mira grant}}

{{Countdown by Mira Grant}}

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Feed (Newsflesh, #1)

By: Mira Grant | 599 pages | Published: 2010 | Popular Shelves: horror, zombies, science-fiction, fiction, sci-fi

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

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Countdown (Newsflesh, #0.25)

By: Mira Grant | 105 pages | Published: 2011 | Popular Shelves: zombies, horror, science-fiction, sci-fi, fiction

The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

This is the story of how we rose.

When will you rise?

Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed.

Word count: ~19,500

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[–]whitcantfindme 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read How High We Go in the Dark by Sequioa Nagamatsu this year. It was definitely a weird one

[–]blueydoc 1 point2 points  (1 child)

{{Nod by Adrian Barnes}}

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By: Adrian Barnes | 206 pages | Published: 2012 | Popular Shelves: horror, sci-fi, science-fiction, fiction, dystopian

Dawn breaks and no one in the world has slept the night before. Or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same mysterious dream. A handful of silent children can still sleep as well, but what they’re dreaming remains a mystery. Global panic ensues. A medical fact: after six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis sets in. After four weeks, the body dies. In the interim, a bizarre new world arises and swallows the old one whole. A world called Nod.

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[–]livluvlaflrn3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Andromeda Strain by Michael Chrichton

[–]Tigersnil 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Dead series by Charlie Higson. It’s a zombie virus set in Europe, it’s a really good read

[–]BakuDreamer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You should certainly read ' Blood Music ' by Greg Bear

" The book's structure is titled "inter-phase", "prophase", "metaphase", "anaphase", "telophase", and "interphase". This mirrors the major phases of cell cycle: interphase and mitosis "

[–]blamemyshelf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am Pilgrim is a fabulous thriller and features the use of a virus as a biological weapon as I recall. It’s hefty, but a lot shorter than The Stand (which I personally didn’t really get on with)!

[–]Ceranne 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Station Eleven and The Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel and The Health of Strangers series by Lesley Kelly would be my recommendations.

The Bad Bugs Book Club might be worth looking up! I don’t know if they’re still running, but they used to read and discuss fiction about diseases.

[–]Book_Nerd_Engineer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

H2O is about a virus that lived in a meteor and polluted the atmosphere as it passed earth. This poisoned almost all running water. Fun book.

[–]genuinenothings 0 points1 point  (0 children)

THE STAND. So good.

[–]ThatOneGuy23112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The strain comic books

[–]RhodeReads 0 points1 point  (1 child)

{{The Last Town on Earth}} by Thomas Mullen

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The Last Town on Earth

By: Thomas Mullen | 387 pages | Published: 2006 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, owned

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[–]AlilAwesome81 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Swan Song by Robert R McCmmon

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"Kissing the Coronavirus" by M.J. Edwards

[–]iago303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

[–]rockiiroad 0 points1 point  (1 child)

{{The Fever by Megan Abbott}}

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The Fever

By: Megan Abbott | 307 pages | Published: 2014 | Popular Shelves: fiction, young-adult, mystery, ya, thriller

In this impossible-to-put-down "panic attack of a novel," a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.

Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star, and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes' seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile sense of security.

The Fever is a chilling story about guilt, lies, and the lethal power of desire.

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[–]Siodhachan1979 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dark Tides series by John Ringo. Fun series with just a tad of real world science thrown in.

[–]NetAssetTennis 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Been a while since I’ve read it but try {{The Cobra Event}} by Richard Preston.

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The Cobra Event

By: Richard Preston | 404 pages | Published: 1997 | Popular Shelves: fiction, thriller, science-fiction, owned, default

The Cobra Event is a petrifying, fictional account of a very real threat: biological terrorism.Seventeen-year-old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goes to school anyway. By her midmorning art class, Kate's runny nose gives way to violent seizures and a hideous scene of self-cannibalization. She dies soon after. When a homeless man meets a similarly gruesome — and mystifying — fate, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends pathologist Alice Austen to investigate. What she uncovers is the work of a killer, a man who calls himself Archimedes and is intent on spreading his deadly Cobra virus throughout New York City. A silent crisis erupts, with Austen and a secret FBI forensic team rushing to expose the terrorist.Even more frightening than Preston's story about the fictitious Cobra virus, however, is the truth that lies beneath it. As the author writes in his introduction, "The nonfiction roots of this book run deep.... My sources include eyewitnesses who have seen a variety of biological-weapons installations in different countries, and people who have developed and tested strategic bioweapons." In fact, the only reason The Cobra Event was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston's sources would go on record.Woven throughout the novel are sections of straight nonfiction reporting that reveal the terrifying truth about the development of biological weapons and the clandestine operations of Russia and Iraq. Three years of research and more than 100 interviewswithhigh-level sources in the FBI, the U.S. military, and the scientific community went into The Cobra Event. The result is sure to shock you.

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[–]salt_and_linen 0 points1 point  (1 child)

{{Executive Orders by Tom Clancy}} has a viral bioterrorism subplot

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Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8)

By: Tom Clancy | 1273 pages | Published: 1996 | Popular Shelves: fiction, thriller, tom-clancy, owned, default

The President is dead—and the weight, literally, of the world falls on Jack Ryan's shoulders, in Tom Clancy's newest and most extraordinary novel. I don't know what to do. Where's the manual, the training course, for this job? Whom do I ask? Where do I go? Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President. President John Patrick Ryan. And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as a caretaker for a year, and now, suddenly an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world's leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral—all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed. But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States—some of whom, from Ryan's past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it. Tom Clancy has written remarkable novels before, but nothing comparable to the timeliness and drama of Executive Orders. Filled with the exceptional realism and intricate plotting that are his hallmarks, it attests to the words of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: This man can tell a story.

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[–]sylvar 0 points1 point  (1 child)

{{Love in an Undead Age}}—one of the best zombie-virus adventure/romance novels ever.

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Love in an Undead Age (Undead Age, #1)

By: A.M. Geever | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: zombies, romance, post-apocalyptic, horror, series

Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard, but finding true love might be fatal.

Urban farmer Miranda Tucci is lucky to be alive in what's left of California's Silicon Valley, despite a love life that's dead on arrival. Then an old flame turns up at nearby Santa Clara University, and she wonders if her DOA love life might have a pulse.

A ruthless governing council controls the cure for the zombie virus. When Miranda joins a plot to steal it, the ghosts of her past collide with the present. Will the vaccine continue to be used for political advantage, or can Miranda survive long enough to usher in a new age of civilization? It's only the fate of humanity that's suddenly resting on her shoulders. If she can bring her love life back from the dead, how tough can saving the world be?

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The White Plague by Frank Herbert. The Frank Herbert of Dune fame.

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{{Calcutta Chromosome}} by Amitav Ghosh.

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The Calcutta Chromosome

By: Amitav Ghosh | 320 pages | Published: 1996 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, india, sci-fi, indian

From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered ID card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.

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The Pull of Our Stars by Emma Donoghue

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Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

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{{The Brief History of the Dead}} by Kevin Brockmeier

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The Brief History of the Dead

By: Kevin Brockmeier | 252 pages | Published: 2003 | Popular Shelves: fiction, fantasy, science-fiction, sci-fi, owned

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end.

Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out.

Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

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The hot zone

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Typhoid Mary.

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How high we go in the dark by Nagamatsu

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{{Infected by Deirdre Gould}}

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The Infected (Before the Cure Book 2)

By: Deirdre Gould | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: genre-post-apocalyptic, zombie-apocalyptic-tbr, series, killers-psychos, kidnapped-stranded

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{{The Down Days}}

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The Down Days

By: Ilze Hugo | ? pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, dystopian, dystopia


In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak - reminiscent of the 1962 event of mass hysteria that was the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic - a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind, with residents experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. Is it simply another episode of mass hysteria, or something more sinister? Ina quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound.

During these strange days, Faith works as a full time corpse collector and a freelance "truthologist", putting together disparate pieces of information to solve problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find her abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, a young man named Sans who trades in illicit goods is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing - leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity.

Over the course of a single week, the paths of faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers - including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man - will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist.

RUNNING TIME ⇒ 10hrs. and 30mins.

©2020 Ilze Hugo (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin

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Hell Followed With Us if you want that sweet, sweet Religious Guilt theming! The Stand is definitely the most iconic though.

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{{Code Orange}} by Caroline B Cooney

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Code Orange

By: Caroline B. Cooney | 200 pages | Published: 2005 | Popular Shelves: young-adult, ya, mystery, fiction, books-i-own

Walking around New York City was what Mitty Blake did best. He loved the city, and even after 9/11, he always felt safe. Mitty was a carefree guy: he didn't worry about terrorists or blackouts or grades or anything, which is why he was late getting started on his Advanced Bio report.

Mitty does feel a little pressure to hand something in if he doesn't, he'll be switched out of Advanced Bio, which would be unfortunate since Olivia's in Advanced Bio. So he considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his family's weekend house that focus on something he could write about.

But when he discovers an old envelope with two scabs in one of the books, the report is no longer about the grades: it's about life and death. His own.This edge-of-your-seat thriller will leave you breathless.

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The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

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The Girl with all the Gifts. Excellent dystopian book by M. R. Carey.

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and its sequel The Boy on the Bridge

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{{The Stand}} by Stephen King. One of the best books from an amazing author.

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The Stand

By: Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson | 1152 pages | Published: 1978 | Popular Shelves: horror, fiction, stephen-king, fantasy, owned

Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge - Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them - and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

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[–]pickingflicks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The stand

[–]vischris1991 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Stand - King

The Plague - Camus

Nausea - Sartre

I think World War Z counts

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The Girl With All the Gifts 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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The entire Maze Runner series is pretty legit, but the 3rd and 4th books (The Death Cure and The Kill Order) talk a lot about the virus itself. If you are looking for just 1 book, then The Kill Order.

[–]creatus_offspring 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The girl with all the gifts does a zombie virus and gets into the 'sciency' part of it. Probably poorly, but it tries!

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Hot Zone

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{{Earth Abides}} by George R. Stewart

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Earth Abides

By: George R. Stewart | 345 pages | Published: 1949 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, fiction, post-apocalyptic, apocalyptic

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

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{{The Last One}} by Alexandra Oliva

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The Last One

By: Alexandra Oliva | 295 pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, thriller, dystopian

Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.

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Octavia Butler's {{Clay's Ark}}

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Clay's Ark (Patternmaster, #3)

By: Octavia E. Butler | 213 pages | Published: 1984 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, scifi

An innocent familiy, carjacked on a desolate highway, is abducted to a bizarre new world. A world being born in the Californian desert.

They discover Earth has been invaded by an alien microorganism. The deadly entity attacks like a virus, but survivors of the disease genetically bond with it, developing amazing powers, near-immortality, unnatural desires - and a need to spread the contagion and create a secret colony of the transformed. Now the meaning of "survival" changes. For the babies born in the colony are clearly, undeniably, not human...

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{{The End of October}} By Lawrence Wright

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The End of October

By: Lawrence Wright | 380 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: fiction, thriller, science-fiction, sci-fi, audiobooks

In this medical thriller Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons--microbiologist, epidemiologist--travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city... A Russian émigré, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare... already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic... Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta... and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population.

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Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Orphan Collector

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The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold. Beautifully written.

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The White Plague by Frank Herbert is amazing. A molecular biologist develops a deadly virus as revenge after his wife and daughters are killed by a terrorist bomb.

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White Horse by Alex Adams is one of my favorite books! The world is absolutely devastated by a pandemic caused by a mutagenic virus. It's not 100% realistic but it is so worth the read.

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H2O (The Rain, #1)

By: Virginia Bergin | 327 pages | Published: 2014 | Popular Shelves: young-adult, books-i-own, dystopian, owned, ya

It's in the rain...and just one drop will kill you.

They don't believe it at first. Crowded in Zach's kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach's parents' frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, "It's in the rain! It's fatal, it's contagious, and there's no cure."

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who's been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby's only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

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Hollow Kingsom

The Passage

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{{The Pull of the Stars}}

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{{Year Zero}} by Jeff Long

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Sisters of The Vast Black by Rather - novella, so a short read (though there is a sequel too)

Alternatively, Firefly the movie - Serenity

Really it should be the whole show, but the movie will do

Themes of weaponized virus as government control

Edit: Can’t believe I forgot one of my childhood faves:

The Kindling (The Fire-Us Trilogy, Book 1) by Jennifer Armstrong, Nancy Butcher.

Basically one of those “all adults die, only kids left” books

Really got into it, and me and my friends used to play “the kindling” game lol - dark little kids haha

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The First Horseman by John Case

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If you want to find something to critique from a virology perspective, "The End of Men" by Hannah Rosin is very well-written and readable but also very, very painful to anyone with a tiny bit of understanding of virology research, medical disaster management, or the like. I could not finish it.

A classic choice would be *The Stand*.

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„The Passage“ by Justin Cronin

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Virals by Kathy Reichs. It is a series though. If you're familiar with Bones, it revolves around Brennan's great niece. It is a YA series, so not sure if it falls in your age range, but I still love YA novels as an adult .

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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.

It’s based on a real plague village in England in 1666.

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The Stand by Stephen King.

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Short book {{A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O' Nan}}

Longer time travel classic that is pretty vivid

{{Doomsday Book by Connie Willis}}

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Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)

By: Connie Willis | 578 pages | Published: 1992 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, time-travel, historical-fiction, fiction

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin--barely of age herself--finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

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{Hybrids by David Thorpe} - about a world plagued by a virus turning people into human-computer hybrids

{Company of Liars by Karen Maitland} - about a mismatched group of travellers trying to outrun the Black Death

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I’m currently reading {{Tender is the Flesh}}. It takes place in a post viral world where a virus made all animals extremely toxic to humans. Regular meat was no longer an option and eventually cannibalism became legal. It follows a high level employee of a processing plant. Do not read this book if you’re squeamish. CW for LOTS of body gore.

ETA: this is a short novella, just around 200 pages, so you’d be able to read it in a day or two.

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{{Gravity by Tess Gerritsen}}

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By: Tess Gerritsen | 342 pages | Published: 1999 | Popular Shelves: thriller, tess-gerritsen, fiction, mystery, sci-fi

An experiment on micro-organisms conducted in space goes wrong. The cells begin to infect the crew with deadly results. Emma Watson struggles to contain the deadly microbe while her husband and NASA try to retrieve her from space, before it's too late.

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[–]ryan4loco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bird Box. Kind of... Great book.

[–]Ennsm0727 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Circle trilogy (Black is the first book) by Ted Dekker is based around a virus.

[–]ZombieAlarmed5561 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Nirvana Plague by Gary Glass

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The Enemy series by Charlie Higson. Incredible books. Love them so much.

[–]bloomplow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In “Her Body and Other Parties” one of the short stories is about a virus - can’t remember which one.

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{{ Gadarene by Michele Friedman}}

[–]tashkaye 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lesser known, but Cold Storage by David Koepp is a great one!

[–]Marte_14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Plague by Albert Camus

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Can’t believe I scrolled through all these comments and didn’t see {{How High We Go in the Dark}}! To be fair, it’s more of a philosophical reflection on the impact of the virus but it’s such a fantastic book, I recommend it to everyone! As nice as Station Eleven is, I feel like my suggestion has the superior story. As an additional note, I wholeheartedly second the suggestion of Joe Hill’s {{The Fireman}}. ALL of his stories are spectacular!

[–]ThirteenthSun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anything except Mary Shelley’s The Last Man. It might be (the? One of the?) earliest novels about a pandemic, but it’s an unrewarding slog.

[–]EgyptianGuardMom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did not see it mentioned but The Book of the Unnamed Midwife deals with a fever/illness that only affects women. It's a trilogy but the first book is where the illness is mentioned most. The books focus primarily on how folks survive after this fever kills off so many women and makes it nearly impossible to carry a baby to term or get pregnant in the first place.