Hot Zone Part 2

What did you think about the reading?

I feel that the story is going at a faster pace, the author is telling the readers more about what is going on rather than introducing new people and telling us about the viruses. The novel escalates, when readers learn there is a possible Ebola outbreak in the USA. Its scary to even imagine such things, because we do not have any weapon against these hot agents. We can not fight off something we know so little about. The only thing that we know for sure, is that they are not like anything we have seen before.

What did you learn?

When Geisbert examines the samples from the monkeys, the narrator takes us through the meticulous process of how one would use an electron microscope. After he learns that the samples are similar to Ebola, I came to the assumption that Kitum cave did not have something to do with the origin of Ebola. I also learned that people can be extremely reckless. I could not believe that Peters, Geisbert, and Jahrling inhaled the hot agents. They work with deadly agents all the time, yet they still were careless enough to ignore their own safety.

What questions do you still have?

I am still bewildered by the fact that people are brave enough to work with such dangerous viruses, especially Jerry and Nancy Jaax. I also want to know what will happen to the rest of the people who worked in monkey house. Above all, I question how the public can cope knowing that there is a deadly virus that they have never heard about in their town.


3 thoughts on “Hot Zone Part 2

  1. Your review is very precise. I am also bewildered that the Jaaxes are brave enough to deal with these perilous viruses. The story is going at a faster pace and it is developing much faster than the first part of the novel. I also find it very scary that we have no way of fighting these viruses off without vaccines or drugs. They can only destroy the hosts of the virus to try to wipe it out completely.

  2. I agree with your point that knowledge is the key to being able to do many things in this world (including stopping the virus in this novel). Before we can really do anything, we have to know as much about it as possible so that we can, in this case, isolate it and kill it off. Sadly, the people novel do not know of vaccines and other methods of preventing outbreaks of he virus. The bravery of the people in this novel is also a key point that must not be overlooked.

  3. It is true, Preston seems to take a whole new stance in the book in Part Two with what happens with the virus. We get a closer look of human actions with a faster pace. As you and others have said, the recklessness of the scientists by not taking precautions with the hot agents did very much stand out and made me also question how safe these scientists are handling the viruses. Your question is quite interesting, but without the help of a handful of people risking their lives to find a way to cure a virus, millions more would be dead. I feel like those risking their lives understand that and understand that if there is no one to research the virus, lives are at stake.

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