Wednesday 16 July 2014

The Camellia Resistance: Review


2044. Willow Carlyle is the youngest cultural epidemiology research director in the
history of the Ministry of Health and is on the fast-track for further promotion until
a night of passion shatters her carefully constructed life.

Marked and unemployed, Willow falls in with a band of dissidents. Everyone wants
something. In the process of discerning friend from foe, Willow begins to unravel
secrets that will shake the New Republic of America to its foundation.


I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, I've found a love for dystopian over the past year and so I was excited to get my hands on this book, in fact I remember reading about it being a night of lustful sex that changes Willows life forever leaving her jobless and marked. I assumed she would be pregnant, perhaps the world had reverted to an old way of looking at things - oh how wrong could I be.

My first thought when I found out that the book revolved around Herpes was what HERPES! Honestly I couldn't get this high pitched exclamation of HERPES out of my head - but don't let that put you off.

The Camellia Resistance is set in a society that is ruled by cleanliness, after pandemics have wiped out much of the population, rules surround ever interaction, from the use of gloves at all times, to body condoms to be used when intimate relations happen and of course those only occur between legally partnered people.

A night of intimacy outside the rules leaves Willow suffering from a altered strain of herpes one that affects her nervous system altering it, to give her almost superhuman (could that come later?) abilities - her foray into the dark side leads her to begin to question everything they are brought up with and know.

Personally after getting over my original thoughts I found this a good book, I wanted to know what happened next and felt compelled to keep reading, it is an adult book which includes one graphic sexual scene and many other situations that are aimed at an older reading audience.

However I think this is a great different take on a dystopian novel and one people should at least give a chance, I can't wait to see what future books in the series bring.

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A.R. Williams is obsessed with language and myth, not just playing with words and making up stories, but with the real-world impact that our words have on the way we live. Words are the only puzzle that never gets boring, and writing is the only thing she has wanted to do consistently. Other interests, such as sewing and photography, become alternate means to feed the writing habit.

Ms. Williams feeds her obsession with curiosity: people, philosophy, technology, psychology, and culture. Living in Washington D.C. is a good source of inspiration. From the sublime heights of arts and achievement available for free at the Smithsonian to the bureaucratic banality of Beltway politics and scandals, it is a great city for fantasy, possibility, power, and consequence—ideal fodder for the fictional life. She lives between an ordinary external life filled with time cards, meetings, and deadlines; and an extraordinary imaginary world where anything is possible and everything is fueled by music.

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  1. Wow if only that happened in reality. I'm not sure I would want to live in a world like that although I'm already freaked out about people touching me. Sounds like a book I would most definitely read.

  2. I haven't had a good read in a while. Sounds futuristic and interesting. I think I can get into this one! Thanks for the review! :)

  3. That sounds like an awesome read!! I would love to get my hands on a copy for the beach this summer.

  4. I know what parasites, bugs and diseases the world has in it. You can be the cleanest person ever and still get something.

  5. This would be something I think I would enjoy. I love to read over the summer, adding this one to my list.

  6. I do love a good dystopian book. And I am a little ocd about cleanliness, so this one may be right up my alley!

  7. I'm with you! Herpes?! LOL Glad you ended up enjoying it!

  8. That sounds so good - I love a good compelling story!

  9. Thanks for the review... and my apologies for the uncomfortable bits. :) I'm getting close to finishing book two, so the wait to find out what happens next shouldn't be terribly long.

    Thanks again,