Strain Final


In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. He’s spent years hiding from the virus that wiped out most of the human race, but an act of futile heroism has him counting down his remaining days. The timely arrival of superhuman soldiers offers some feeble hope—but only if Rhys can reconcile himself to doing what is necessary to take advantage of it.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little tenderness. His job is seeking out the infected to put them out of their misery, or sending the uninfected survivors to a safe haven where he and his fellow Juggernaut troops will never be welcomed. Rhys’s situation is different, though. Not only is there an improbable chance that Darius won’t have to put a bullet in Rhys’s head, but he has somehow managed to get under Darius’s skin.

The virus Rhys must infect himself with in order to survive is sexually transmitted, and optimizing his chance of exposure requires him to submit as often as possible to Darius—and the other soldiers. Though the boundaries of morality have shifted in this harsh new world, Darius and Rhys question whether their humanity is too high a price to pay for Rhys’s survival.

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What reviewers are saying about Strain:

  • “This is one story that will stick with me long after I am done reading it. Five Shooting Stars.” — RedzWorld
  • “…dystopian fantasy at its finest…devastatingly beautiful.” — Jenni Lea for Boy Meets Boy Reviews
  • A strong, dark read.” Em at A Shared Brain Cell
  • “…passionate, intense and not for the faint of heart…” — Author Nikka Michaels
  • Strain will be on my Books of the Year list for 2014. This I already know. More than 5 stars if I could.” — KazzaK at On Top Down Under Book Reviews
  • “absolutely beautiful.” — DavinciKitty at GraveTells
  • “I Loved It!” — Heather C at The Blogger Girls
  • “Strain fulfilled every single one of [my] dystopian desires.” — Cia at
  • “My. Kind. of. Book” — Lirtle Grafton at Prism Book Alliance
  • “The story and the struggles make this an amazing read.” — Vanessa at The Jeep Diva
  • “It was one of those that I didn’t want to put down.” — Christi Snow at Smitten With Reading
  • “a compelling, absorbing and thrilling read” — Feliz at Mrs. Condit and Friends Read Books
  • “kept me enthralled from the start” — Jody at Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess
  • “I’m not even sure I can adequately express all the things it made me feel.” — Janette at 3 Chicks After Dark
  • “It was FANTASTIC. One of the best books I’ve read this year” — Vanessa at Love, Lust and Laptops
  • “I’m not sure I have the words for the awesomeness of this story.” — Chrissy at JoyfullyJay
  • “I was intrigued from start to finish, read this book in one sitting that caused me to lose lots of sleep.” — Tams at MM Good Book Reviews
  • Strain is a well written and absorbing novel.” — Melanie at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • “thought-provoking, creative and powerfully written.” — Jonetta at The Book Vixen
  • “a tale that will linger for a long time to come.” — Marleen at More Than a Reading Journal
  • “a thrilling dystopian tale.” — Solange at Smut Book Club
  • “Amelia Gormley has created a really excellently drawn post-apocalyptic world” — Author Leta Blake
  • “I took a chance on this book, and I loved it until four in the morning.” — Tina for The Novel Approach
  • “Kudos to the author for taking a risk on a volatile subject and giving us front-row seats to every possible angle, and some of the best, well-drawn characters I’ve ever encountered in fiction.” — Author Eden Winters reviewing for Cryselle’s Crazyspot
  • “this is an amazing and complex story” — Laurie P for Night Owl Reviews

6 responses to “Strain

  1. Ashleigh

    Hello!! I’ve only just roused from my hypnosis over The Strain and thought, first thing’s first, thanks for writing such an incredible and beautiful book! I literally just texted my sister, saying I don’t know what to do with my life now and how can I possibly go on knowing that I’ve finished the book? I wholeheartedly wish there was a second one… *nudge nudge* What do ya think? Will there ever be a chance to lose myself in a world like that again? A strange bond blossomed between myself and Rhys, possibly because we’re the same age and with similar morals. I so badly want to read about Darius again, Joe and… and everyone! Urgh, look at me. First time I’ve ever contacted an author and I’m gushing. Jeez. I’d just like to thank you for picking up my spirits after failing horribly last week at college. Been drowning myself in Tea and Jaffa Cakes since, but then came across the Strain last night and shabam! Back to my old self. So thanks for that! And please let me know if there’s the slightest hope of doing a second book. It may even get me through my new job on Monday (or so I hope anyway!)

    Keep writing! You’re an incredible writer and hopefully one day I’ll be able to write like you.

    Ashleigh, 19

    • Wow, Ashleigh! Thank you so very much for commenting and letting me know what you thought of the book. I’m incredibly flattered.

      As for a second book, there is another book in the Strain universe being written. I hope you enjoy!


  2. sarah

    I’m so glad to read that another book in the Strain world is in the making. I so enjoyed reading your post-apocalyptic romance. It was exciting and thought provoking. Your characters are complex and beautiful. The dynamic between Rhys and Darius is incredible. Thank you for Strain.

  3. Lisa

    Loved this book and the post-apocalyptic world you created… just voted on Goodreads for it where ever I could because I loved it so much…Glad to here that there will be a 2nd book….When do you think it will come out? And thank you for writing this wonderful book…

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