Critical praise for The Second Cure ...
Unputdownable!… A cracker… This novel won on all fronts. Its plot is original (not just another grim, unrealistic dystopian book). The characters have real depth and, although flawed, you can’t help but empathise with them. — Limelight Reviews
A novel for our times... It generated such a sense of unease within me, how familiar some of the themes seem when considered within the context of today’s society. This novel is nothing short of brilliant. — Theresa Smith
It’s almost impossible to fault this book. Morgan’s biomedicine-inspired extrapolation is enthralling, her characterisation is muscular and moving; she plays dramatic tension like an instrument. And onto a contemporary Australian setting she throws a varicoloured patchwork of social commentary, political commentary, geopolitical speculation and gradual technological advancement that feels tangible, in some ways almost inevitable. Above all, it’s character-driven hard science fiction that’s perfectly accessible, yet doesn’t compromise, anywhere, on the science. I’m deeply impressed. — Simon Petrie
Margaret Morgan’s well-researched, intelligent and engaging thriller uses present dilemmas to pose fundamental questions about what it means to be human. — The Australian
The world’s cats are all dying and people are starting to exhibit strange symptoms… This hypnotic debut novel brilliantly captures the unease of our times. — Jane Caro
I loved this book. Reading it was like having the kind of vivid dream where you go through the following days unsure about what has happened in real life. The description, action and dialogue are whip-smart and the characterisation and themes add a literary dimension. — Aislinne Batstone
If you like your science fiction extra sciency, contemporary and pandemic-infused, featuring a cast of engaging characters including all-too-plausible politico-religious whackjobs then this one is for you. I’m tipping this novel for an Aurealis Award. — Cat Sparks