Book Review After the Cure by Deirdre Gould | Blushing Geek

Book Review – After The Cure by Deirdre Gould

After The Cure by Deirdre Gould | Blushing Geek

After the Cure by Deirdre Gould
SeriesAfter The Cure, #1
First published on August 1, 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 401
Source: Freebie
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation.

Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they’d done. And what had been done to them.

Over time, society began to rebuild itself. Now it is ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. They race to find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good.


This book was so easy to read and it was able to catch my attention even though I was just starting with its first chapter. I’m not really that fan of science fiction, let alone zombie apocalypse, though I love watching The Walking Dead, haha, it’s just so enjoyable watching those zombies eating humans lol. Suspense/thriller might be the first genre I came to like but I can’t seem to find another suspense/thriller writer that I love except MHC. But dang! This book just magically caught my attention and I can’t seem to stop reading it.

In its first few chapters, it was composed of very easy to comprehend words, but when I reached the later part of the book, it started to get nasty because it’s composed of quite a number of unfamiliar words. But in all fairness, the book is still able to grip my attention.

All the scenes held up until I reached the part about the laboratory and the missing sample. The scenes were starting to get questionable, it isn’t just one scene, but actually more than two I guess? At that instant, I thought my first impression with the book just tainted, I am almost thinking of boycotting it. I don’t know how it happened but I just keep reading anyway, and I am glad that I did lol. It’s getting more thrilling and the anticipation is really so contagious.

If you’ve read my reviews of MHC’s stories, you might find out how I adore suspense/thriller with a little romance, this book has it, but I just wish it didn’t go that far. It was ok at first until it became too sappy for my taste. I also find it unconvincing how these two opposite people, the cured and the immune, got to fall in love. After that, everything just happens too fast between them.

And speaking of the cured and the immune, well, I guess it’s quite understandable but I’ll explain it to be sure. The cured are those people who got sick of the horrific December Plaque, while the immune are those immune of the said plaque. The main characters of this story as I’ve said are the cured (which is the guy, Frank) and the immune (Nella). It was quite an interesting pair up really. Both of them did their parts and I can’t seem to find any traits that I really hate. So I guess, it’s safe to say that I don’t hate them, haha. I just hate how their relationship escalated too fast to the extent that I find it hard to believe.

I also have to tell you, that when I first read its first chapter, I can’t help but remember the Maze Runner series. Why? Because just like the latter, in this book, all things went haywire when the disease spread out, and the mention of cure also. But to be fair, both these books did it great. I love the idea of the disease spreading because of the unsuccessful experiment of those scientists plus the addition of mystery, suspense and thrill. You can never beat that!

You might be wondering why I am only giving this story a 4-star rating eh? Well, it was because for me, I think this book has some inconsistencies that I think fried my brain for thinking too much, and how dare they forget the jeweller?! Plus, it also contains quite a number of unfamiliar terms, but so far, it’s only in the later parts of the book.

The ending? Dang! It was the “bomb”, but I think the proposal thingy was not necessary at all, it just destroyed the suspense feeling that I had at that time, haha, but dang! The ending successfully convinced me to read the next book.

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