In the “Black Hole” there is a virus being spread among young adults. The virus in the book can be hidden and unnoticeable. It can be spread through sexual contact and people would get infected without knowing until they see the effects. The virus can be associated with AIDS and was likely made to portray AIDS specifically. It was interesting when the book states the disease only affected young adults. This shows that the book is likely targeted towards young adults because those are the most likely age group to irresponsibly participate in sexual activities. Literature for young adults could be filled with symbols of AIDS and other STD’s. It is possible this whole plot was created to scare the young adult audience and help them stray away from sexual activities before adulthood. The book is interesting and is defiantly a better way of convincing kids to stay away from sex compared to those school speeches we heard in the past.


3 Comments so far

  1.    Asim Shariff on November 2, 2016 12:00 am

    I believe that the book might be more successful in teaching young adults about STD’s than a school speech. I agree with the points that you made in your argument. The “bug” represents AIDS and this allows the book to teach young adults about STD’s. The book shows the effects that a disease may have on an individuals life.

  2.    Andre Melgar on November 2, 2016 1:20 am

    I too feel that “the bug” does quite accurately depict AIDS in Black Hole. It shows the contrast between the “life before and after the bug” most realistically and the feelings that might entail the experience. For instance, in the interaction between Chris and Rob for the first time, the book keyed in on the importance of having the respective partner in the know concerning one another’s health before engaging with each other.

  3.    Naomi Bracho on November 2, 2016 11:30 am

    I think that while the bug is a metaphor for AIDS I found it to be an exaggeration of it. It almost makes it look like getting AIDS or any sexually transmitted disease is horrific and therefore making teenagers want to stay away from it because of fear. I think Black Hole speaks on more of how society views sexually transmitted diseases.

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