Great first few chapters. The story is gripping, and makes you want to keep reading.
As the book went on, though, I was less and less convinced.
What I didn't like:
- some of the characters (the sergeant, such a clichéd 80's-Hollywood type, he could have been played by Bruce Willis)
- the boring, unneeded romance that pops up for no reason at some point in the book
- the setting, which was at times too similar to Justin Cronin's "The Passage"
- the depressing premise and the horrible conclusion - Melanie single-handedly decides that genocide is ok. She doesn't seem to be much better that evil dr. Caldwell, in the end.
- the fact that I had already guessed (worse, I thought it was a given fact) that Melanie and the other kids are second generation, and were born with the mutation. Did Caldwell, supposedly one of the best scientists left and an expert in the field, really not think earlier of this quite basic possibility?
- on Caldwell again: seven years of studying specimens with no working hypotheses, only doing idle observations - at the same time dangerously dwindling her limited supply? Wow.
To summarize: a fast and quite pleasant read, but nothing unforgettable....Continua