Waiting on Wednesday 05/10/17
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
The Genius Plague by David Walton (October 3, 2017 by Pyr Books)
I have enjoyed Walton’s sci-fi in the past, so I was intrigued when I found out about his new novel coming out this fall. I’m sure we’ve all read our fair share of books about nasty diseases, infections and outbreaks, but The Genius Plague sounds like a very different kind of story about a fungal plague pandemic. If you think you know where this will lead, you better think again….
What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?