Review: Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan – Cate’s take

Category: Medical Thriller/Science Fiction

Cate’s rating: Yay!

If you love science, or if you’re like me and have a fascination with it just not the brain, Sector C is a book you need to read. There’s enough human drama involved to keep your attention, and there’s enough information to keep you abreast of the situation without completely overwhelming you.

One of the techniques Sullivan uses is multiple viewpoints, so get ready to remember some names. It reminded me a lot of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned. Like Rice, Sullivan presents us with some viewpoints we won’t see again in the novel to establish both setting and a sense of urgency. Even with these singular events, the reader develops compassion for the characters involved. I frequently felt my heart drop when I recognized symptoms or when someone actually died.

 That’s actually one of the best aspects of this book—the way Sullivan relentlessly amps up emotional reactions. I assure you that, by the time you’re finished with Sector C, you’ll be giving your furry loved ones hugs, kisses and extra treats.

 As a result, though, it takes a little while for the action to really start, but once it does, HANG ON. The latter half of the book is a crazy ride involving those trying to figure out what this disease is killing both humans and animals and how to stop it, and those who want to shut Triple E Enterprises down by any means necessary.

 However, you’ll have to get used to a little head-hopping. When done correctly, like in Sector C, it works, though it can be a little jarring at first. Sullivan makes seamless transitions between characters, giving us a well-rounded, almost cinematic experience from all sides, which lends to constructing a moral gray area while at the same time highlighting one of humanity’s many faults—greed. She doesn’t preach, but she allows us to draw our own conclusions from the evidence she provides.

 There is a romantic element that develops throughout the book between veterinarian Donna and CDC analyst Mike, who was by far my favorite character. They’re both incredibly smart, incredibly good at their respective jobs, and they help to anchor each other through a traumatic experience. It’s a sweet counter to such a sad, sad main story. Through panic and loss, something good can emerge, providing a sense of hope for the future.

 This is definitely a book to check out, especially if you love emotionally gripping fiction.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Diamond
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 20:29:35

    I like multiple pov’s!

    Nice review!

    Reply

  2. landragraf
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 00:54:39

    Love the way you described the book. ‘Cinematic experience’ is dead-on. I think that’s why the head-hopping worked so well.

    Reply

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