Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: Streams of Babel

What would you do if the very water you drank was making you sick?  What if you didn’t know it until people started dying?

Streams of Babel, by Carol Plum-Ucci, is about a small town in New Jersey, where bioterrorism has suddenly become a very real threat.  Four teenagers living in the same neighborhood are caught in the middle of the drama, when they and the ones they love become mysteriously sick.  Half a world away in Pakistan, a teenage computer genius working with the U.S. government stumbles upon computer chatter about “Red Vinegar,” an untraceable, lethal new drug, that they plan on releasing in a small community as a test site.  Will the terrorists be stopped in time?

The novel is a fast-paced, action-packed read.  It stretches believability to a degree, but overall the idea that something like this really could happen in America adds to a sense of fear, though the book doesn’t dwell on that emotion.  Once the people in the town start to get sick, the book really focuses on discovering and stopping the unknown terrorists.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with a lot of action--perhaps a good suggestion for boys who are looking for a thriller or spy novel.