Contagion by Erin Bowman
When a distress call comes out from a lone planet in the far reaches of space, only one drilling team can respond in time—but soon the occupants realize that their captain has an ulterior motive for responding so fast. And one of their crew holds a deadly secret about the planet Alchys.
This was creepy as hell and a thrill a minute and I really enjoyed it!
I think the biggest enjoyment was that there was no romance bogging down the plot (there’s a hint of potential, but thankfully the heavy use of the dreaded boy wasn’t due to starstruck lovelust but to hide the identity of a character).
While the twist wasn’t particularly twistful and easy to spot, I really did enjoy the tense and creepy atmosphere. The chills and sub-freezing temperatures, the blast twisty water and the frozen corpses were so vividly portrayed that I was shivering in the North Carolina summer from fear and suspense.
I also liked that instead of a crew of mostly teens, there are a variety of ages! Dr. Lisbeth Talow is in her seventies, and other characters are in their mid to late twenties and early thirties.
There’s an intriguing cliffhanger at the end, which makes me really, really invested in reading the sequel.
So, if you enjoyed Leviathan Wakes, Illuminae and other zombies in space types of things and creepy horror-fest mysteries, this might be the book for you!