The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan. (2018).
**4 out of 5 stars**
A pandemic is racing through our world and it is changing people. Some lose their religion. Others have outpourings of creativity, reckless behaviour and seeing visions. Scientist Charlotte is close to a cure when her partner becomes infected and her understanding of the disease is turned upside down. Reporter Brigid is determined to uncover the truth behind the religious response to the outbreak. Australia, and worldwide, is torn apart politically into far left and far right with unexpected power to change the course of history.
Science and religion are not my strong subjects but this book was actually pretty interesting. Some (or a lot haha) of the science stuff went over my head but I found it to be a fascinating concept; some of science definitions etc were explained but I felt it could have done with a bit more dumbing down for those of us that need it, although I do think I got the basic gist of it. I found the second part more enjoyable than the first, I think because the second was not as science heavy and was more about the consequences on society from the events in the first part of the book. The storyline was entertaining and quite plausible in my opinion. Religious readers may find the conclusions drawn by the scientists to be offensive to themselves and their faith. I don’t think this is a book I’d forget about in a hurry, was definitely food for thought and one I’d recommend for those looking for something different to read. I’d also be keen to see a film version of this book!