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Kalahari by Jessica Khoury Book Review

Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.
In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

I've read the previous two books in this series (although they're not connected by much more than the Corpus labs and could probably be read out of order) and enjoyed both of them. Now we're on the third book and I'm beginning to get a sense of a pattern, each of these books involve interesting science experiments (usually gone a bit awry) and very cool and often wild settings. I really loved Origin and although I didn't enjoy Vitro quite as much, Kalahari really made up for it. Not only is it a book that I read over the course of one night, but the setting is beautiful and filled with a wonderful variety of African animals. I'm pretty sure that the author visited Africa and I know she did a great deal of research for this book, because it truly felt real as she was describing it. I loved the setting and honestly want to visit Africa now.

You should also know that this book gets right into the adventure. Within the first three chapters things are already happening and you're jumping into the plot. The plot, I thought, was very well laid out. You learn with the characters and for the most part, would realize things at the same time as them. I enjoy that, when you have a lot of pieces and they gradually get explained and when you find out why such and such happened then this other piece of information makes sense. Although I did guess a rather big part of the plot, it was because I found things just too coincidental, I think the plot was done well and moved a good pace. Even if there wasn't much happening with the creators, some wild animal will stir up some excitement. I mean, they are in the Kalahari! 

We're giving a small cast of characters to work with, Sarah and the five teens staying with her are the main ones with a few others on the side like those chasing them and Sarah's family. I like this because you can really get to know the characters and see them grow. Although there were a few times that one of the five annoyed me, it was mainly interesting to see how they reacted to different mishaps that occurred throughout their adventure. I really liked Sarah and Sam's characters, they were both strong and calm when the time called for it and I think that the slight romance done between them was done well and was very sweet.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It very well might be my favorite of the series! I loved the setting and I got sucked into the plot and didn't come out until about 1am ;) The virus that Sarah and her friends were running from was equally cool and terrifying. This book is filled with dangers from the creators of the virus and those found in the Kalahari, it's very exciting. So if you're up for some slightly science fiction like thrills, definitely pick up this book.  I'm giving Kalahari 5 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. Even though this one sounds really interesting and I love that idea of adventure there, I really don't like books that have similar patterns. I have no idea why but it bothers me. So I shall read one at the time from this series. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. Your review has definitely got me wanting to read this book! I'm so glad you liked it. :D

  3. I am currently reading Vitro now! Your review makes me want to have Kalahri in my hands. I probably have to go to the book store tomorrow. Great review! :)

    Amber @ The Book Bratz


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