I’m back with another blog tour, I know it’s been a while and this one is super exciting!
A big thank you to Anne from Random Things for inviting me to take part!
Let’s get started…
Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.
Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother’s past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything.
Because Kate is not the only secret that her birth mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too.
Sweeping from an all-too-real modern world to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away.
Reading this at any other time it would be dystopian fiction however right now it’s scarily similar to our current situation,
“No one touches each other’s hands anymore. Not unless they’re intimate.”
I’ve never thought about what would happen when antibiotics are no longer working, what we find out in this book is worrying!
This could easily be seen in the not too distant future.
The story is told through three perspectives set in England and South Africa, I felt that each one was important and served a purpose.
I love that we also had little adverts and newspaper articles scattered throughout, that added an extra layer to the story.
The Waiting Rooms is seriously thought provoking, imagine turning 70 and suddenly a scratch from a cat could kill you if it became infected, would you sign paperwork for assisted dying?
The concept is fascinating and the execution didn’t disappoint! The ending was really well done, I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in this topic.
So Who Is Eve Smith?
Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills.
Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband.
When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, attempting to organise herself and her family or off exploring somewhere new.
See you guys in the next one…