Survivor Song

Survivor Song

Book - 2020
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"In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government's emergency protocols are faltering. Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie's husband has been killed--viciously attacked by an infected neighbor--and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie's only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child. Natalie's fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares--terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Description: 307 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062679161
Branch Call Number: Trem


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May 19, 2021

A rare DNF.

I got, more or less, half way through the book, when I received a notification from the library that I had to return it.

Faced with the prospect of either trying to speed-read the rest of it, or give up, I chose the latter. Having now had the chance to reflect on my decision over the intervening week, I do not regret my decision.

I found the writing style interesting, and the premise of the story both timely and intriguing. But on balance, I just don't care to find out what happened.

IndyPL_RyanL Apr 26, 2021

This was an intense book to read during a global pandemic but a timely one! This novel is very suspenseful. It's about a rabies like virus that is rapidly spreading across the world and how a woman named Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman does what she can to get her friend who is eight months pregnant to a nearby hospital to receive a vaccine that could save her friend's life. If reading about a pandemic during a pandemic helps you cope, this could be a good book to read.

Apr 16, 2021

This is a tight novel that takes place over about five hours. It's an intensely close journey for two characters. I found one of the characters unlikeable but it was still a fun read. I am reasonably sure there is a pretty prominent editing error. One of the side characters calls another 'guy' over and over. The teen is Hispanic so I'm pretty sure he was really calling him guey. Spell check error?

Mar 06, 2021

Don't care for the way it was written, more TV type without a finished storyline, the rabies idea was a good start

Jan 11, 2021

Not only is Paul Tremblay a really great and enjoyable author, he's stinkin' clairvoyant. How did he write and publish this eerily prescient horror novel in the first months of 2020 about a very very very very bad (dare I say rabid?) strain of rabies infecting the populace of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and possibly beyond? Hospitals are overrun, public resources are in turmoil due to a total failure of leadership in the White House and elsewhere, and political paranoia divides citizens in dangerous and violent ways. Needless to say, there will never be a better (or worse?) time to read this book than this very minute.
Tremblay brilliantly narrows his focus to two women - longtime best friends, one a calm, smart, and strong doctor and the other a very pregnant and possibly infected heroine of the first order. These women are simply trying to get across town, a journey of only several miles. And that's our entire book, and a palm-sweat-inducing, terrifying, can't-put-it-down book it is. I finished it in one afternoon.
Once again, Tremblay does not disappoint.

emilyhart66 Dec 26, 2020

I think that someday the term "Tremblayesque" will be used to describe a style of writing that starts off explosively, runs at a fever pitch to the climax and ends with a deceptive calmed shadowed by a threat as great as the one that starts the story. Like his other "all hell is breaking loose" novel "The Cabin In The Woods" "Survivor Song" immerses the reader in an intense experience that tests the limits of human endurance and our very humanity itself.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 23, 2020

So, if pandemic reads at this point in the pandemic are your cuppa...then have at it. Accelerated rabies pandemic (think zombie-esque) horror. Well done and creepy, but may be a bit too real just now!

Nov 19, 2020

Heartfelt, highly relevant, and fast paced. This story of a young doctor trying to save the life of her pregnant friend will keep you on the edge of your seat, while also pulling on your heartstrings. Taking place over the course of a few hours, I found the scope refreshing, and was highly invested in the journey these two characters undertake.

Sep 23, 2020

This book was intense! Great characters that I rooted for to make it on their journey. The book primarily covers a few hours, but it’s so well-written, I was frequently on the edge of my seat. Highly recommended.

Sep 03, 2020

While I like Paul Tremblay's other books, this one is not up to his usual level. It might play better as a film instead of a book. A lot of action, but the action is very repetitive. The main characters barely have a personality. Actually, it was pretty boring for an action packed book. Put together too quickly to take advantage of the current pandemic. I could have done without the political jabs.

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