Pale Highway ★★★★☆

4 stars

I really enjoy reading science fiction and this book was no exception. I found the entire idea of a man with Alzheimer’s trying to cure a virus incredibly interesting and wasted no time tearing through the book, trying to figure out if he could actually do it.

* I was contacted by the author and given an E-book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Receiving the book for free in no way affected my opinion. *

Goodreads Summary:

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?

My Review:

This book, while it does focus on the virus, is not plot driven. It is a book that gives the reader insight into Gabriel’s mind and allows for a more in-depth look into the mind of a character with Alzheimers.

Sometimes, I find flashbacks in books to be confusing and hard to follow but that was the opposite for this novel. Every flashback was executed in a way that made it easy to understand and follow and I really appreciated that.

For whatever the reason, I find that I cannot say much about this book without the fear of giving information that seemed new and interesting to figure out away. That is the only reason this review isn’t as long as previous ones that I’ve written. It does not mean that I didn’t like the book but normally I do not like reading reviews about fiction suspense books because they tend to give away little details that I would have preferred to learn on my own.

I know this review is incredibly short but I’ve been writing this review on and off for about a week and a half. I just haven’t been in much of a writing mood when it comes to this book, not that it was a bad book. It was really good and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction.

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