Contagion || Review

Title: Contagion (Contagion #1)
Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Horror
Publisher: HarperTeen
No. of pages: Hardback, 423
Publication Date: July 24, 2018
Date Read: June 17, 2019
Rating: 5/5


It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.


I got this book in a Whimsify Box in 2018 excited that Contagion was the book included. And then it took me a year to read it. That was super dumb on my part. Contagion was a non-stop thriller. I couldn’t put it down. Like, I was actually up until 1:30am reading in practically one sitting.

Contagion follows a rag-tag team of hires for a major corporation that is sent on a rescue mission of sorts to check on a team that know one knows about on a planet that was basically quarantined and non-habitable. Once they’ve arrived, they realize immediately that something is off. The only person that knows what actually lives on the planet isn’t saying anything. Somewhere there’s a kid that they’ve been warned by a dead person not to trust. The group quickly learns that they must do everything they can to stay alive and avoid the contagion.

This book was so mesmerizing. Bowman did a great job setting a spooky™ atmosphere within the first few pages. I was hooked. I’m pretty sure there have been only a handful of books that I’ve read this quickly. Bowman has created a story that keeps you on the edge and wanting more.

I loved the world building of this book. (AND IT’S GOT A MAP.) It’s quick and easy to catch on as the characters in the book go from one planet to another. She also does a really great job at building the tension between those that side with UA and Tertos. Everything was detailed to where I could actually envision the atmosphere, the weather on the planet, the drill site, and the destruction they found on the ship. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next and I was always stunned which made me continue to want to read more. 

I also loved the characters. They’re also different and at times we get a glimpse of what’s going on in each of their heads. I loved the building tension between them the longer they’re on the PLANET, the personalyities that came through as they try to survive. The ideas that they have on how to survive. The dialouge between them all is GOLD. There wasn’t any point where their action was slow or seemed to nto make sense. There was such a nice flow of the plot of the story and the steps that she took to create action, mystery, and intrigue. 

Y’all. I absolutely loved this book and I really hope that you’ll pick it up soon. This is one that you won’t regret reading and one that’ll be quick because you’ll hang on every word.

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