Book details

Immunity Index

A Novel

Author: Sue Burke

Immunity Index

Immunity Index

About This Book

SUE BURKE spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines before writing her critically acclaimed Semiosis. A Clarion workshop alumnus, Burke has published more than thirty short stories in addition to working extensively as a literary translator. She lives in Chicago.
Page Count
240
On Sale
05/04/2021

Book Details

Sue Burke, author of Semiosis and Interference, gives readers a new near-future, hard sf novel. Immunity Index blends Orphan Black with Contagion in a terrifying outbreak scenario.

Bustle's 40 Best New Books May 2021
Amazon Best of the Month May 2021


In a US facing growing food shortages, stark inequality, and a growing fascist government, three perfectly normal young women are about to find out that they share a great deal in common.

Their creator, the gifted geneticist Peng, made them that way—before such things were outlawed.

Rumors of a virus make their way through an unprotected population on the verge of rebellion, only to have it turn deadly.

As the women fight to stay alive and help, Peng races to find a cure—and the cover up behind the virus.

Imprint Publisher

Tor Books

ISBN

9781250317872

In The News

Praise for Immunity Index

“This hits close to home.”—Publishers Weekly

This dystopian biothriller reads like a 21st-century version of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, crossed with George Orwell’s 1984. . . . hopeful, heartbreaking, and compelling at every turn. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian science fiction or political technothrillers.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A fast-paced hard-sf thriller… Burke imparts detailed discussions on genetics within a dramatic and thought-provoking story of inequality, humanity and family. For fans of the Orphan Black television series or Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers (2019).”—Booklist

“Prescient and powerful, this is a gut-punch of a book . . . Sue Burke only gets better and better. She is a genuine if unsung hero of our genre.”—Seanan McGuire

“Riveting world building by a rising star of science fiction.”—David Brin

Praise for Semiosis


“This is up there with Ursula K. Le Guin: science fiction at its most fascinating and most humane.“—Thrillist

“A fascinating world.”—The Verge

“A solid debut.”—SFRevu

“A magnetic meditation on biochemistry and humanity.”—Locus Online

“This first-contact tale is extraordinary.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Sharp, evocative . . . Semiosis unfolds the old science fiction idea of first contact in ways that are both traditional and subversive.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“A clever, fascinating, fun and unique debut.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Burke’s world building is exceptional, and her ability to combine the intricacies of colonization with the science of botany and theories of mutualism and predation is astounding." —Booklist

“Impressive debut novel . . . lush . . . beautiful.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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