Contagion cover
Release DateJuly 24, 2018
SeriesContagion, book 1


After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.


But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.


As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Praise for Contagion

⭐ First in a duology, this horror-tinged sci-fi thriller unfolds from multiple viewpoints via a kaleidoscopic narrative, developing characters while escalating pace and ratcheting up tension. Bowman’s plot is intricate and action-packed, her worldbuilding impressive yet economical, and the book climaxes in a gripping cliffhanger that sets up the sequel.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

[A] twisting, turning, edge-of-your-seat blend of science fiction, thriller, and horror. The pace, action, and tension are explosive from page one.


A search-and-rescue mission on a hostile planet results in a horrific discovery in this dread-filled sci-fi thriller…A solid, creepy page-turner.


A fast-paced story with capable female protagonists, limited gore, and an emphasis on survival rather than romance.

School Library Journal

Gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures, Contagion is the perfect intersection of science fiction and horror—I couldn’t look away.

Amie Kaufman, NYT bestselling author of Illuminae and Unearthed

Few understand the true horror that lies in the empty unknown of space, but Erin Bowman nails it in ContagionRead this one with the lights on!

Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of the Across the Universe series and Star Wars: Rebel Rising

Contagion is everything I want in my science fiction: a cast of smart characters on a desperate rescue mission forced to confront an elusive and unstoppable enemy. I absolutely loved this layered and thrilling adventure and can’t wait to dive back into this world again.

Veronica Rossi, NYT bestselling author of the Under the Never Sky series
Awards + Recognition
  • A 2019 Edgar Award Nominee for “Best Young Adult Novel
  • A 2020-2021 SCASL “South Carolina Book Award” Nominee 

U.S. and Canada: HarperTeen

Audio: HarperTeen

Turkey: Epsilon