Title: Waiting Rooms, The
Authors: Smith, Eve
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 379
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill.

A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over 70 is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed 'The Waiting Rooms' ... hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too ..." [Taken from book blurb, Orenda Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A real page turner. Great book for discussion!" "This book was described as dark and disturbing but I don't agree."

"Very well written – and unfortunately believable!"

"Is this book about the future, or is it here already??"

"Very topical subject. A love story is needlessly fitted into the story."

"I found it a bit scary, but it was a great read."

"The time of this book is absolutely right. Without Covid-19 it probably would not have had so much impact. All should read the book."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Dystopia/Futuristic, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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