Reading & Signing: Resistant by Rachael Sparks
A hybrid of romance and science-based fiction, Resistant is a novel that draws the reader in to an action-filled plot: Bacteria won the war against our medicines. She might be evolution's answer. But can she survive long enough to find out?
When antibiotics ceased to work, Rory Stevigson lost her mother to an infection, the same type that has killed a seventh of the world's population. Then stoic and scarred Navy, a young military veteran, enters the quiet life she leads with her father on their farm, and Rory finds herself drawn to him despite his mysterious past... until he reveals that her blood may hold the cure the world needs, and she is a target because of it. The government's research arm, TEAR, wants to sell the cure to those who can afford it. The Resistance would give the cure away to all, and they've sent Navy to find her before TEAR can. Now Rory must go on the run if she is to find the new path of human evolution before TEAR finds her.
Rachael Sparks was born in Waco, Texas. She graduated with a degree in microbiology from Texas A&M University. After a decade-long career in Austin, Texas as a transplant specialist, she joined a startup fighting healthcare-acquired infections, thus satisfying her lifelong interest in infectious diseases and the science of human health. After relocating with her husband, daughter, and mother to Asheville, North Carolina, she finally put her first novel onto the page. In her free time, she serves on the board of the Asheville Museum of Science and loves to cook, brew, garden, and spend time with friends and family.