2. Yes I would definitely recommend this book to someone else. Especially since this book touches upon real life events, it would give people a glimpse into the process of coming to know a disease, trying to figure out what it is and how to contain it. It also opened my eyes to how human this whole process is. For example, so many people gave up their own lives and made sacrifices for the greater good. 3. Yes, I do think that this book is scientifically accurate. One instance in which I even checked if it was accurate was when they mentioned that Ebola Reston was one of the Ebola viruses that only manifests itself in organisms that are not human. Also, based on the way Preston told the story, it is clear that he paid attention to the details and the progression of virus. He even cites specific cases from different years in specific locations and described how it affected their population. 4. No, I thought that the book was very straightforward and easy to understand. Preston tells this story with a lot of description and overall in time order. The only thing that might have confused some people is how he transitions from one location to another. For example in the first part, he is in Africa near the cave. In the second part, he moves on to the monkey house. However, he eventually comes full circle and shows how the two locations interconnect. 5. One major concept that is dealt within the book is the spread of viruses. For instance, when Monet first got the unknown disease, he was contagious. No one knew that the virus was airborne or bloodborne. When the doctor at the second hospital treated him, his hands were full of Monet’s blood, vomit, and more. The doctor eventually died from this virus as well. Another concept that is dealt with in this book is the sacrifices that other people make for the greater good or health of others. For example, in the text, a doctor sacrificed his life to attempt to save another. The doctor decided to take off his mask and help a patient even though he knew that he would contract it. He also volunteered to clean his blood after he died since he didn’t want anyone else to come close to the body. In addition to that, Jaax even sacrificed time with her dying father in order to continue her work in the CDC. 6. The first concept is important because it shows that certain types of viruses are extremely contagious, especially diseases that no one knows about yet. Likewise, this example shows us that viruses can originate at anytime and anywhere, and that people must be on the lookout. The second concept is important because it is often forgotten especially in science that there are actual people working behind in a facility or in a lab with the greater goal of helping the general public. People are risking their own lives and making personal sacrifices for the health of everyone else. 7. One conclusion that I can make about this book is that Ebola is definitely more powerful I thought it was. Before reading this book, I hadn’t taken the time to really understand what it was and the mechanism behind it. I didn’t know that there are 5 viruses related to Ebola and that it caused the symptoms described in the book (vomiting, red eyes, etc). In addition to that, I can conclude that coming in contact to a virus is much easier than we think it is. By just thinking about how many people Monet could have spread the Marburg disease to. Likewise, it is interesting to see how even though doctors wore 3 layers of gloves to protect them while handling the potential BS4 virus, it almost touched Jaax’s bare skin. 8. What I liked about the book is how detailed it was in terms of the timeline of events. It explained the history and previous locations of where cases of the past unknown disease occurred and how it related to the current events that they were speaking of. Furthermore, I love how Preston explained the background information of the people who worked on containing the lab. He did this extremely well by using dialogue as well. By giving these characters a life beyond their work in the lab and a story behind a patient, he gave the readers a glimpse into how this disease truly affected someone’s life. It also shows how much commitment these real-life people put in order to protect the public. What I thought could be improved was the role that Preston played in this book. I thought that he could have personalized the book more and explained why this subject and outbreak intrigued him and connected some of the events towards himself. I really liked the glimpse of himself in the end of the book as he visited the cave himself, and wished that he could of exposed the audience to this throughout the book.