by Val McDermid

thriller graphic novel
published 2021

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It’s the summer solstice weekend, and 150,000 people descend on a farm in the northeast of England for an open-air music festival. At first, a spot of rain seems to be the only thing dampening the fun – until a mystery bug appears. Before long, the illness is spreading at an electrifying speed and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Can journalist Zoe Meadows track the outbreak to its source, and will a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic?

A heart-racing thriller, Resistance imagines a nightmare pandemic that seems only too credible in the wake of COVID-19. Number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid has teamed up with illustrator Kathryn Briggs to create a masterful graphic novel.

The story was originally a radio broadcast on BBC4 in 2017, featuring the dangers of the overuse of antibiotics, and industrialized farming. The main protagonist is reporter Zoe Beck who is covering a festival in Scotland. When festival participants become extremely ill after eating at a food truck owned by Zoe’s friends, everyone worries, except things get resolved very soon. Until the next time worse things start happening again…

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