Reader Reviewed Contagion by Teri Terry


Written by Teri Terry
Part of the Dark Matter Series

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In a Nutshell: Flame-hot dystopian thriller

This dynamo of dystopian YA, the first in the Dark Matter trilogy, sizzles with sinister science and supernatural intrigue.

12 year-old Callie has survived an epidemic and broken out of an institute where she was known only as Subject 369X. While she’s struggling to deal with her transformation into an unimaginably shocking state – the excruciating effect of her treatment - her beloved half-brother Kai is searching for her. Enter Shay. Sharp-minded Shay has a photographic memory and remembers seeing Callie get into a car. As Shay and Kai try to piece together the mystery, the epidemic worsens. Schools are closed, a major army-administered quarantine operation is put into place, and Kai and his doctor mother are among the few who seem immune to the disease’s deadly grip. And then Shay herself seems to survive it, but why? So many questions unravel and knot, knot and unravel, as this gripping story accelerates to a cliffhanger of a conclusion. When Shay works out what’s going on, she’s hit by her most devastating realisation yet, and readers will be left desperate for the trilogy’s second installment in order to find out where this new knowledge takes her. Revenge, romance, ravaging disease, and a tenacious girl’s colossal survival instinct, this novel injects a high dose of adrenalin into the genre. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Eva Zur, age 14 - 'This book left me on the edge of my seat...The plot went in a direction I was not expecting at all and the end left me wanting more.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'I love the descriptions the author gives of the setting because it allows you to submerse yourself into the story. I also enjoyed the twists to the plot.'
  • Eva Zur, age 14 - 'This book left me on the edge of my seat. It will be a hit with any reader who enjoys dystopian fiction, and particularly bestselling author Teri Terry, famous for her Slated series.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 14 - 'Contagion, a book that contains so many unique twists and turns that I became more hooked with each turn of a page.'
  • Isaac Phelan, age 13 - 'A fast-paced, thought provoking adventure.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'Contagion is an exciting book about the a terrible plague sweeping the UK and the three young heroes, Shay, Callie and Kai, who must stop it from destroying the world as they know it.'
  • Finn, age 13 - 'Fun, exiting, sad, and scientific with great characters. I really enjoyed reading Contagion.'
  • Laura Delve - 'This is a rollercoaster of a read! It's fast paced, unpredictable and holds you in its thrall the whole way through!'
  • Jess Anderson, age 14 - 'This book was amazing, I was gripped from the very beginning!'
  • Isaac Phelan age 13 - 'This book is simply impossible to put down. The mixture of thriller and adventure keeps me aching to read more.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'Contagion was a really gripping and exciting book which had a unique and intriguing plot.'
  • Dylan Sweet - 'Contagion is an extremely well thought out book...I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading mysterious, mature books that don’t only follow the tale of one character.' 


Contagion by Teri Terry

URGENT! An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure; and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine.

The very few of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army. Young runaway Callie survived the disease, but not the so-called treatment. Her brother Kai is still looking for her. And his new friend Shay may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened.

From the author of the international sensation Slated comes the first book in a powerful new story of survival and transformation; love and power.

Teri took inspiration for the setting of Contagion from the rugged and wild Scottish Shetland Islands, Highlands and the city of Newcastle. Whilst visiting the Shetland Islands Teri discovered Killin and Loch Tay both beautiful, isolated peaceful places where her dark tale took shape.


I loved this book. It was a wonderful mix of everything that I love within a book. Teri Terry, this sits on par with Slated YA Obsessed

I love Contagion. It has an interesting premise and the story is told with great action and a breathless pace. The central characters are well-drawn and relatable. It blends several genres -- conspiracy thriller, dystopian, sci-fi, even a bit of the supernatural -- to great effect. It has a wonderful, evocative setting and sense of landscape. I think Teri Terry has a real talent for writing exciting stories that are accessible and easy to read but also have a thought-provoking thematic depth. She makes you think The Bookbag

About the Author

Teri Terry

Teri Terry is the author of the award-winning Slated trilogy, and the standalone novels Mind Games and Book of Lies. Her books have racked up 42 rights sales to date and have been translated into twelve languages. Teri has been shortlisted for a phenomenal 23 awards and has won 17 of them, nearly all voted for by teenage readers.

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464 pages


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

18th May 2017




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