I think this had the foundations to be an excellent book, but for whatever reason, it just missed the mark for me. It was a good read don't get me wrong, it just wasn't as good as it could have been.

In a way there are two stories ticking alongside each other, and I'm sure that was my problem. I was getting into the 'infection' storyline when the sabotage element kicked in, and I then spent the next hour wanting the infection to take control.

Julia, as the main lynchpin in the novel, was a strong, likeable character who manages to balance this strength with a natural vulnerability considering the circumstances she is suddenly plunged into. But again she misses out and sometimes I though she lost her way a little.

And that is the same trouble that plagues the book; by trying to weave these two storylines together it loses its way. I don't know where the last third of the book went though as I was absorbed within the pages, and when the action gets underway it does so with strength. The introduction of Noely helps with the absorption as I couldn't help but root for her and her brother. I just wish that I cared as much for the rest of them. It tried so hard to wrap it all up that I lost hope for the ending, so that helped to leave me with a sense of deflation.

It's good, but it could have been so much more.