“ Margaret Morgan’s well-researched, intelligent and engaging thriller. Like most good sci-fi, The Second Cure uses present dilemmas to pose fundamental questions about what it means to be human. The Second Cure is an absorbing, enjoyable and thought-provoking book. ”
Claire Corbett, The Australian
“ Margaret Morgan's first novel is a captivating dystopian fiction - brilliantly imagined, smart, dark and thought-provoking, as well as frequently funny. ”
Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser
“ The Second Cure is the provactive and thrilling debut novel from Sydney author and screenwriter Margaret Morgan. Great fiction allows us to make sense of the world we live in. Morgan has provided readers with two strong and remarkable central female characters to help us navigate this increasingly turbulent world, the scientist Charlotte Zinn, and reporter Brigid Bayliss. A striking, little bit frightening, and strong debut, The Second Cure is definitely to get your hands on! ”
Simon Clark, The AU Review
“ The world’s cats are all dying and people are starting to exhibit strange symptoms…this hypnotic debut novel brilliantly captures the unease of our times. ”
“ This is a whip smart thriller, spanning decades and alive with ideas, featuring a cast that never stops moving, a crash course in parasitology, governments that rise and fall, ethical meditations on who we actually are, and — the most divine motor of all - the human heart. ”
“ Wildly entertaining. A razor sharp satire of the hypocrisy of the religious right and politicians of all stripes that feels not just possible but frighteningly plausible. ”
“ A highly intelligent and plausible novel. I love a good twist at the end of a novel and this book has two beauties. But, a moral dilemma is also presented. Would you alter the natural course of history to rid the world of your perception of evil if you had the scientific know-how? What would be the consequences? ”
PIP ANDREAS, BLANK - Gold Coast
“ A taut and thrilling examination of the near future and the potential Pandora's Box of genetic variants and mutated plagues. [Morgan] explores what may happen when we get beyond the realms of what our current level of science can cope with, providing a clear warning about how susceptible humans are to the smallest of parasitic threats as well as the greatest of human ones — the zealots and fundamentalists on all sides. ”
David Johnson, Good Reading magazine
“ The Second Cure is a novel well calibrated for our cultural and societal moment. It is a vision of where our country could be headed without vigilance, a nation where ‘the self-centred … impose their pathology on the rest of the community’. ”
Jack Rowland, Australian Book Review
July 30, 2018
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July 30, 2018
Random House Australia
Tiptoe . . .
The space between was the worst. Worse than the repetition. Worse than the volume – so loud that she felt it everywhere: in her eyeballs, in her gut, juddering deep in the base of her spine. Worse, even, than the light strobing and blazing and bouncing from the white walls and around her brain, day and night.
Not that day and night meant anything any more. That was the point.
Through the window . . .
For a while she timed the silences. From the final, fading ukulele chord to the opening notes. Eight seconds. Half a second. Twenty-two seconds. No pattern . . . which was also the point.
By the window, that’s where I’ll be . . .
One of the guards had been in earlier. As he opened the cell door, the music stopped.Continue Reading