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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Viral State is a work of fiction in the dystopian and action subgenres. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Degen Hill. Set in a vision of the future in which a deadly virus has infected mankind and only daily injections will keep citizens safe from it, Finn Brantley is fired from the job that provides him with his supply of the daily antidote. When he doesn’t die from the virus, like he’s supposed to, his attempts to make a vaccine from his blood lands him in prison. Meanwhile, a government agent searching for a cure begins to realize that his government knows more than they’re letting on.
This is certainly a timely novel given the subject matter, but what struck me most was the parallels between the tyrannical government in the book and the very real profit-based healthcare system which motivates people to stay in their jobs or risk losing insurance. Author Degen Hill’s imagination has created a world in these pages with some white-hot social commentary about the world we live in right now, and no punches are pulled in exploring this extreme future that could one day be our own. This is an exciting, full-throttle tale of rebellion and hope in the face of tyranny that has thrilling and engaging prose on every page. Overall, A Viral State is a book that will hook you quickly and take you on a dark and dangerous adventure as it unfolds, and once the final page is turned I guarantee you’ll be thinking about what it has to say long afterward.