I received The Love Virus eBook in exchange for an honest review. This review is part of Emily the Book Nerd’s Blog Tour.
The Love Virus Details
Author: Eleni Cay
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Stavanger Poetry Society
Published: April 2020
The Love Virus Synopsis
When Katie finds out that her increasingly unresponsive legs and extreme fatigue is due to Multiple Sclerosis, she rides an emotional rollercoaster – anger, denial, and fear – when faced with a wheelchair-bound existence. She puts her studies at Oxford on hold, and she splits up from her fiancé, Mark, even though she still loves him. While undergoing treatment, Katie is diagnosed with MS2 – a virus that paralyzes the mind. In the hospital, Katie has to cope with her irritating bedfellows who argue constantly, and where she is treated by Dr Andrews, a handsome psychologist. The closer she gets to him, however, the worse her pain becomes. Compounding Katie’s struggle is Mark, who returns to her bedside day after day. Once Katie begins Dr Andrews’ new experimental MS2 treatment, Mark can’t recognize her anymore. He begins to wonder if Katie will ever be cured.
The Love Virus Review
The Love Virus wasn’t how I expected it to be. It reads a little like as Sci-Fi free verse which I wasn’t expecting but it is surprisingly easy to get used to. The story references pandemics and social distancing. I honestly don’t know what to make of the storyline, there is a surreal element and it seems very dystopian in parts – a post revolution society. Chapter 12 and 13 shouldn’t be read whilst you are mad at the world or it’ll infuriate you. The debate between whether tech is everything or the devil is heavily argued between two of the characters. The ending shows what it is like to be in a relationship during illness and the effect that that has on the ill person as well as the partner. Overall, I’d give it a 3.25 star rating.
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