Title: Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Length: 280 pages
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Rating – 5/5
Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.
When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.
As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?
Happy Wednesday! I feel like I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to in order to start the year off with a bang but quality over quantity right?!
In the spirit of reading great books, I am excited to share my review of Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley with you today! I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!
Pale Highway is a unique science fiction read about Gabriel Schist, a former scientist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for discovering the cure for AIDS. These days, although still brilliant, he resides in a nursing home struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia. When people start dying from a mysterious, fatal disease he finds himself in the center of the mystery surrounding it’s origins and is the only man alive with the capacity and task of finding the cure.
I felt like it took me a really long time to finish reading this book, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t into it or anything…it was actually because I didn’t want to finish it too fast. I loved this book right from the start. I thought the writing was phenomenal and the story itself was super interesting and wholly unique. It had a very Sci-Fi Mystery feel to it. I was invested in it from page one and it never lost my attention.
I thought all of the characters we encountered in the story were really interesting. I don’t feel that there was even one character who wasn’t developed thoroughly, I felt like they were all pretty complex and interesting…all impacting our protagonists journey in some important way. I loved how the narrative was told: alternating from the past to the current time period. It gave so much more dimension to Gabriel and made me feel really connected to him and the type of person that he was. This was really important in this book I think because of what he is going through struggling with coming to terms with the deterioration of his mind which must be so frustrating and I felt that frustration in the character and the helplessness. That’s totally a sign of some fantastic writing!
I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author as I really loved his writing. I give this book five out of five stars. If you are a fan of Science Fiction or this book sounds interesting to you, definitely check it out. I know you won’t be disappointed!
You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Pale-Highway-Nicholas-Conley-ebook/dp/B016ALW8PW/
About the Author
Nicholas Conley’s passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books and horror movies. When not busy writing, Nicholas spends his time reading, traveling to new places, and indulging in a lifelong coffee habit. In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire. To learn more about him, take a stroll over to http://www.NicholasConley.com.