Hosted by: Allison can read.
Q: Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.
Like some of you might know, I’m studying Medical & Biological laboratory research and this year I’ll specialize myself in Microbiology. So of course I’d pick some books about epidemics that happen by micro-organism. Perhaps not something you would expect when you take an English lit semester, but hey, I'm the teacher here. It's fun to spice things up instead of going for the classics.
The first one is Justin Cronin – The passage. The world is transformed into a dark place when a project to develop a immunity-boosting-drugs fails. It’s based on a virus carried by a species of bats in South America, but it turned the human test persons into vampires – and when they break free, they create a complete army. This book is huge, dark and well-written. The world-building is stunning and there is more than enough to talk about in class.
The second one is a bit lighter. Dan Wells – Partials talks about a virus in the air called RM. It’s a weaponized virus crated by the Partials and only a small fraction of humans is immune. Which means that almost every baby dies right after birth. The humans are on the brink of extinction and it’s up to the young Kira to find a cure. The biological aspect was interesting.
The third one and probably my favorite from the three is the upcoming book from Mira Grant – Parasite. This book has the best researched subject I’ve read so far and I love the fact that it’s about a different micro-organism. In this book, every human has a genetically engineered tapeworm in their intestines. This worm is modified to help our immune system to protect us from illness, but this are starting to spin out of control when Symbogen (the created) withholds information about the strange sleepwalking symptom.
These three books are great examples of why humans should stay away from modifying the nature and I think they would make interesting topics to talk about. And how about you, would you follow this semester?