Only two weeks before the end of the world (date from Mayan calendar) when everything seems to be calm, Dr. Gabriel Stanton gets a phone call regarding a highly contagious prion disease.
Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher, has gotten her hands on an ancient Mayan codex which can answer what she has been working for her whole life. She is called in as an interpreter for a Mayan patient where she meets Dr. Stanton. They need to find out where this disease came from and how to stop it or else the world will come to an end just like how the Maya kingdoms vanished overnight.
Point of View:
Third Person POV
I really enjoyed this book. It was really interesting to read about the ancient prophesies and the Maya history. It reminded me of the movie ‘Apacolypto’ which later on when I researched, I realized that the movie was based on the Mayan kingdom as well! It was fascinating how a lot of the scenes were similar and it gave that familiar feeling which engaged me in the book even more. It also reminded me of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown, so if you do like those types of books I think you’ll enjoy this one as well. (although I believe Dan Brown books are better written)
I liked how it had a more logical reason behind this whole end of the world theory and I’m sure it would have been a much more interesting read if I read it in 2012. What interested me in the book was the medical and the historical parts of it. (surprisingly since I don’t read those types of books often)
I didn’t really like any of the characters in particular; they were OK but not the type of characters you’d remember after you finish the book. The ending also left me a little confused. I think It would have been a lot better if it ended without the epilogue and I could possibly give it a 4 star rating. It would have been one of those ending which you remember the last sentence or paragraph and it kind of clings onto you for a few days but because of the epilogue it kind of got dulled down.
Overall I did enjoy the book and I would happily pick up other books that are similar to this.
Unfortunately I can’t really remember any quotes that I liked in this book. I read it before I started writing quotes down 🙁 Sorry!
Little Dino off to read now ~~~