eBook review copy; 177 pages
Fungoid by William Meikle is a highly recommended fungal apocalyptic novel set in Canada.
"When the end came, it wasn’t zombies, asteroids, global warming or nuclear winter. It was something that escaped from a lab. Something small, and very hungry.
It starts with deadly rain that delivers death where it falls, but soon the whole planet is under threat as the infection spreads, consuming everything before it."
The action starts quickly in Fungoid. The apocalypse is fungal, but it seemed to be a totally new species that appeared out of nowhere and was likely genetically engineered. This fungus is voracious. The fungus spores are falling in oily rain showers across the world and everywhere they fall, chaos follows as people and the whole environment are immediately infected. The fungus eats everything carbon based and once the spores fall, they take hold, spreading, covering everything, hungry.
Fungoid follows four different characters as they try to survive the fungal attack. Jim is a first response rescuer who is right in the thick of the infestation. Rebecca is a mother to two boys who is trying to survive and keep her kids alive. Shaun, Rebecca's husband, is trying to make it home from his logging job. Dr. Rohit Patel is a mycologist who provides all the science and background information on fungi.
This is a fast paced, very entertaining novel that is a short, quick read. This isn't a character study of how those involved handle the end of the world. It's an action-packed novel with a nice combination of science fiction/horror/suspense that provides an apocalyptic end to the world reminiscent of other biological takeovers (The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.) I liked it quite a bit, in spite of a few minor complaints.
Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of DarkFuse.