Kingdom of Needle and Bone

Kingdom of Needle and BoneKingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
Published by Subterranean Press on December 31st 2018
Pages: 128
ISBN: 159606871X
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“We never think about what our choices are going to mean for the lives of the ones we love,” said Izzy. “We only think about what they’re going to mean for us. If we’re lucky, we’re not the only ones who have to live with them.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate…. that is the question!

This book started out STRONG for me. Patient zero, Lisa Morris is an eight-year-old girl on vacation with her family. She wakes up one day not feeling well, but it is the last day at the amusement park and she wants to have fun, so she doesn’t say anything. She’s eight, she wants to have fun, who can blame her? But unfortunately, she had a virus and “the virus always spreads.” Dr. Isabella Gauley is a pediatrician and Lisa’s aunt. When her sister brings a very sick, Lisa to see her sister it becomes evident, that this is not your run of the mill virus- it’s a deadly one.

This is a short book, but the Author covers a lot in the minimal pages she has. I found after a strong beginning which had me feeling for Lisa and her family, the middle lagged a little. There are those for vaccines, those against, those trying to study the survivors of the virus, and those who lost their family members. There are some family issues going on as well in this book and I wondered what is this all for and then *BAM* that twist at the end, I did not see coming. Oh Baby! I am pretty sure there is going to be another book in this series. I’m pretty sure this is the prequel and I know that I will be reading the next book if said book does in fact come out.

So why 3 stars? BTW- 3 stars means I liked it. The book began brilliantly and ended with a shocking twist. But the middle, at times, left me feeling underwhelmed. I liked some of the characters, but I did not feel for them as I did little Lisa at the beginning of the book. Having said that, I think this book(series?) is going places. Grant left me wanting more with that twist. I love when a book leaves me with my mouth hanging open.

A solid read that I hope is going to result in a full-fledged novel with the continuation of this story.

Thank you to Subterranean Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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