Published: 2013 by Glyphus LLC
Read: August 2013
Trivia Tidbit: Dennis Meredith is a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with AAAS to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy from the publisher via Netgalley
Meanwhile, patients start arriving at the La Vista California Community Hospital with no symptoms other than their skin colour has changed to blue, red or yellow. The CDC dispatches two field epidemiologists, Dr Kathleen Shinohara and Doctor 'Doc' Smith to investigate. The trail leads them to Lupo, and they join forces with Loudon and his partner Walter Philips. Their search becomes more urgent when they discover Lupo has stolen some of the world's most deadly viruses from an army bioterrorism laboratory. The investigators follow the trail of multi-coloured people, trying to track down and stop Lupo. Along the way they uncover evidence of a shadowy government faction and a methodical hitman who is also after Lupo.
The story is engaging and interesting, and raises the what-if questions that give rise to nightmares. However, I found the secondary discussion on colour particularly interesting. How much of our identity is linked to the colour of our skin? If your partner's colour clashed with yours would that negatively impact your relationship? Police carry around the equivalent of paint chips as another means of identifying people and those in the community untouched by the virus are referred to, somewhat derogatorily, as "neuts". These aspects added an unexpected depth to the story.