Review of K.C. May’s “The Venom of Vipers”

Posted in Reviews at 5:40 PM by Maurice X. Alvarez

This was a very enjoyable tale that had me hooked from the start.

The characters are written very well, each with very unique personalities and agendas that play into the twists and turns of the plot.

While the idea of creating a new subspecies of humans as a means of saving us might seem a stretch, K.C. does a fine job of making it seem like a natural course of action.  After a while you almost forget the implausibility of it. But the saphers are great characters, and Ryder Stone’s vibrant energy is a perfect counterpoint to Katie Marsh’s subtler, though no less driven, persona.

Where she excels is in creating a world stricken by an incurable virus, with its nearly empty neighborhoods.  And despite it all, the slowly vanishing humans continue with their petty special interests.  While a simpler story than A Canticle For Leibowitz, I still couldn’t fail to draw that parallel between K.C.’s humanity and Walter Miller’s; humans will be humans until the end of their days.

The story flows smoothly and makes for quick reading.

I look forward to reading more of K.C. May’s work in the future.

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