REVIEW: Fever by Deon Meyer
I want to tell you about my Father’s murder.
I want to tell you who killed him and why.
This is the story of my life.
And the story of your life and your world too, as you will see.
Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world’s population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector.
But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is born.
Fever is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Jun. 2017)
Let me just start by saying this is a rather hefty book… So much so that my friend and I have been referring to it as ‘The Beast’ in conversations. But don’t let the size put you off giving the book a go, the pages will fly by without you noticing and before long you’ll find yourself at the end wishing there was more.
Fever is a beautifully written story that explores human nature in a post apocalyptic world and it’s diversity of responses. And, boy, are they diverse; highlighting both the wonderful and the horrific. Perhaps the most engaging thing for me, was the fact that I could picture things going down just like in the book. You would have the gangs and groups of people who would run riot with little regard for others, without the law and rules/regulations to provide a framework. And then you have those who focus on positivity; the bringing together of people and communities, working together in cooperation, each person offering their own talents and skills for the good of everyone, not just themselves.
In some ways, I can actually see the appeal of the post apocalyptic world Nico and his father find themselves in. The playing-field levelled for all and a greater chance given to the animals and landscapes us humans have slowly been destroying. And while I obviously don’t agree with the methods employed in reaching this outcome, I do appreciate how and why it was reached.
I really enjoyed getting lost in the characters of Amanzi, their interactions and relationships, and even learning about their pasts, how they view their new existence and what they miss, or don’t, from the world before. I knew when I requested to read it that it would be a book I’d enjoy, what I didn’t realise was just how much, or how much I would long for more. If there was ever the chance to find out how things continued after the end of Fever, I’d be one of the first in line to find out.
N.B. A review copy was provided via Nudge Books in return for my unbiased opinion.