Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

December 31st, 2018 Kimberly Review 12 Comments

31st Dec
Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
Kingdom of Needle and Bone
by Mira Grant
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction
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We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back.

How wrong we could be.

It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that’s happened.

She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing.

We live in an age of monsters.

HORRIFIC Novella scifi well written

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant offered a relevant, thought-provoking tale with bone-chilling realism. Despite being a novella, the tale was rich with detail and held me captive. Ms. Grant I need more….

Mira Grant has long been a favorite author of mine from zombies, parasites and mermaids she always delivers a tale that stays with me long after I’ve closed the book. She isn’t afraid to address thought-provoking and relevant topics. In this story she tackles vaccinations. The tale that unfolds offers both sides of the equation while delivering a chilling possible outcome.

When you open news channel and read about outbreaks of once eradicated diseases because of an increasing number of citizens refusing to vaccinate In Kingdom of Needle and Bone, Grant offers a possible & chilling outcome of this new movement.

We follow, Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose eight-year-old niece was patient zero in what would become known as Morris’s disease. When an eradicated virus rears its ugly head and causes a pandemic outbreak, one that has long reaching consequences.

One thing I love about Grant is her chilling ability to make her stories feel very realistic. She fills her stories with thought-provoking facts and easy to digest scientific jargon.  She writes intense and interesting characters whose stories and circumstances hook me from the first page.

While vaccines are readily available to everyone, we quickly see how money and privilege will change the outcome for some as a second wave of illness spreads worldwide.

This story is far from over, and while there isn’t a mention of it, I anticipate this is only the first story in what has already proven to be a riveting tale. I have questions about the sisters, and want a broader look at the world and others.

Siblings, secrets and global reaction left me itching for more from this world. What happens next?

This story is available in eBook format and from Subterranean Press as one of their deluxe hardcover editions.💰

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About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged. Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama. Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same. Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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12 Responses to “Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant”

  1. Olivia Roach

    I really like the sound of this one! I have had Mira Grant on my radar for a while and I want to read something of hers soon. It sounds like she knows how to make things realistic even when dealing with unrealistic creatures. I like that it is about something mythical but also handles the very real problems with how much money and privilege can easily corrupt us as well.

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  2. Sophia Rose

    I would find this one would be particularly chilling and horrid after working in a school building for fifteen years and dealing with vaccinations being current or working with those who wish to waiver them. Glad you got another fabulous one from a favorite. 🙂

  3. kindlemom1

    Ooo creepy cover, I love it! And I love that this is novella. I think I will go add this one to Goodreads. 😉
    Hope you have a great New Year Kim!

  4. Angie Elle

    I have never read this author as MG, only as Seanan McGuire, but I enjoyed the book I read. This does sound very interesting and relevant.

    Great review!