Everyone hates being sick. But the virus in The Eternity Cure, the second book in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, makes the flu look like the sniffles. For one thing, the disease affects both humans and vampires, so nobody’s safe. For another, it’s a strain of the Red Lung virus, which already wiped out most of humanity generations ago. Will Allison be able to find a cure before it’s too late? You can start reading The Eternity Cure right here on Figment to find out!
This insane disease definitely makes for a page-turner. It also got us thinking about some other scary fictional viruses. These diseases set the scenes for awesome stories, but we sure wouldn’t want to come down with one. Which one is the most terrifying? Vote for your favorite now! Which ones did we leave out? Let us know in the comments.
Rage is super contagious: it takes only one bite to spread, and once you’re infected, you start showing symptoms in seconds. What are these symptoms, you ask? Oh, you know, you just turn into a bloodthirsty zombie. Even as far as zombie apocalypse movies go, this one is pretty horrifying.
The Andromeda Strain
Even though the Andromeda Strain comes from outer space, it seems perfectly designed to destroy humans. It causes massive blood clots, and if you somehow manage to survive that, you start to go insane. We’d do anything to keep this virus away from Earth at all costs.
Much like the virus in The Eternity Cure, the Descolada can adapt itself to affect any life form. What’s this one do? It literally unravels your DNA, causing all kinds of terrible mutations. The worst part is that nobody knows who created it or why—any explanation is possible.
At first, MEV-1 appears to be just your average cold. But the virus causes a few things that the common cold doesn’t: namely, seizures, brain hemorrhages, and ultimately death. The scariest part? It’s based on an actual disease. Thanks for making us paranoid every time we sneeze, Contagion.
Spattergroit from the
To be fair, we never see anyone actually get spattergroit, but it still sounds like a pretty awful sickness. You get covered in purple warts, and once it spreads to your uvula, you can’t speak. There is a cure, but to be honest, we’d rather not stand naked in a barrel of eels’ eyes with toad livers tied around our necks.
Not only does the Shanti Virus prevent super-humans from using their powers, it’s super contagious and kills off regular humans by the millions. Plus, it can stay dormant for long periods of time, so you might not know you have it until it’s too late. We’d take a case of strep throat over this any day.
Which of these viruses would you be most horrified to be diagnosed with? Vote now! Be sure to let us know which diseases we missed in the comments, and if you want to read more about crazy illnesses, you can start reading The Eternity Cure now!
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