THE WAITING ROOMS | Eve Smith
07.09.2020 | Orenda Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Decades of escalating drug resistance has led the world to a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary, everyday infections are not so simple these days. A doctor cannot casually prescribe an antibiotic to cure what ails you. The tiniest of scratches could kill you. In order to keep the majority safe, no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals known as “The Waiting Rooms” where patients never leave. Twenty years have passed since the dawn of the crisis and Kate finds herself on the search for her birth mother. With only a name and her age, Kate soon discovers the woman she’s looking for has a disturbing past that could put her and her family’s lives in danger.
The premise for THE WAITING ROOMS is one that hits close to home during the world’s current pandemic status. For some reason I’m incredibly drawn to these types of all too realistic dystopian stories at the moment. I had high hopes for this book and what I found inside more than lived up to my expectations!
Eve Smith has carefully constructed a story that weaves together alternating narratives, as well as alternating timelines. The reader is gifted with Kate and Lily’s narratives in the present day, as well as look into Mary’s life starting over twenty years prior to the crisis. This look back in time allows the reader a firsthand account of what was going on in the world that led to this medical crisis. I loved all of the narratives, but if I had to pick a favorite I would probably say Mary’s because it was fascinating to see not only the decisions she made in her life, but also how they were linked to the crisis.
In addition to great alternating narratives, Smith also provides the reader with snippets of articles related to the crisis throughout the book. These articles gave me another perspective to the situations in both present day, as well as the past. I also felt like these added elements fully formed and brought to life Smith’s dystopian vision. I could feel the stress and tension within both timelines and the intense emotions radiating from our narrators.
Smith’s use of short chapters consistently kept me moving forward in the book. I wanted desperately to know what was going to happen in each narrative and the short chapters made it easy to binge multiples in order to find the answers I was after. Ultimately Smith gifts us with the connection between these different narrators in a conclusion that will have your heart racing!
I loved everything about THE WAITING ROOMS and think it’s the perfect dystopian read for those looking for something that hits close to home currently. This story is incredibly realistic and eerily possible, which makes it all the more entertaining and captivating to read!
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