The book “The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus” by Richard Preston is a true story that took place in the late 1980’s. This book shares what happened during an outbreak of the Ebola virus in a monkey house that is located in Washington, D.C. The author tells the reader about multiple cases of previous outbreaks in Africa to inform readers of the potential damage that would result from an outbreak of the Ebola Virus in the United States. This book relates to topics we learned this year in AP biology in many ways. “The Hot Zone’ talks about how the body is unable to defend itself against Ebola, this is relevant to what we learned in class because we learned about how the body defends itself against viruses and bacteria. “You can’t fight off Ebola the way you fight off a cold. Ebola does in ten days what it takes AIDS ten years to accomplish.” – Richard Preston, The Hot Zone. This book also talks about how the Earth is working to reduce the large population of humans, this is related to what we learned in class because during the ecology unit we learned all about populations and the earth. “In a sense, the Earth is mounting an immune response against the human species. It is beginning to react to the human parasite, the flooding infection of people, the dead spots of the concrete all over the planet, the cancerous rot-outs in Europe, Japan and the United States, thick with replicating primates, the colonies enlarging and spreading and threatening to shock the biosphere with mass extinctions. Perhaps the biosphere does not ‘like’ the idea of five billion humans.” – Richard Preston, The Hot Zone. Over the course of this semester, we have learned that with biology, there aren’t really any clear simple answers. “In biology, nothing is clear, everything is too complicated, everything is a mess, and just when you think you understand something, you peel off a layer and find deeper complications beneath. Nature is anything but simple.” – Richard Preston, The Hot Zone. I chose rope to represent the author, Richard Preston, because his main hobby is climbing. I decided to use soil to represent the theme, because the main theme in this book is that the power of nature. Although humans try, they are unable to find cures to protect themselves from the Ebola virus, the Ebola will always find a way. This shows that if nature really wants to, it could be able to wipe out the human race. I am using rubber gloves to connect this book to Biology. I chose this because Ebola spreads through air and human contact, a lot of the scientists mentioned in this book had to use rubber gloves, hazmat suits and face masks to avoid catching this virus. While reading this book, I learned that monkeys spread a lot of dangerous diseases, such as the Ebola virus, the Marburg virus, and AIDS. I am using a stuffed monkey to represent this. Lastly, I chose to bring in a microscope because the scientists in this book needed to use microscopes to inspect the Ebola virus and to determine what it looks like. I really enjoyed this book because although it is technically non fiction, this style the author used made it seem like a fiction. This made it very easy to read, and it kept me interested. This book was really hard to put down.