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The Eleventh Plague

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,846 Ratings  ·  1,551 Reviews
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving. In the aftermath of a war, America's landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published December 28th 1998)
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Isabella No, But Jeff wrote another book called The Darkest Path. It is not part of this series though.
Ricardo C Gamboa I was wondering the same thing and when I looked one review was pretty bad but others were fairly good. I am going to give it a try and tell how I…moreI was wondering the same thing and when I looked one review was pretty bad but others were fairly good. I am going to give it a try and tell how I lied it later. See you then.(less)
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i initially gave this book three stars, but when i sat down to write my little book report, i found that i was so bored by the prospect, that it really should lose a star for leaving me so underwhelmed.

because writing book reports is fun!!!

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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I was excited to read this debut novel from Jeff Hirsch, especially after word got out that Suzanne Collins had blurbed it, saying, "The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home...An excellent, taut debut novel." Dystopians are all the rage right now, but I wanted to read something different, and this book provides just that.

First off, I enjoy a good male protagonist. After reading so many dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, one begins to wonder, are young women the only ones who will sta
With a title like "The Eleventh Plague" one would suspect that an illness/virus is the biggest, most immediate threat that the characters have to face. But the actual story is more like the aftermath of an insinuated plague, involving a fifteen year old boy roaming alongside his father and grandfather as scavengers, until some difficult circumstances come to pass. So there's a bit of false advertisement in the title, because it's more about the people living in the aftermath of the plague. I dec ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, galley
A fast read that's best suited for younger teens looking for a post-apocalyptic world setting.

The characters are young and act like it. There were several times when I rolled my eyes at their antics because they either didn't or couldn't grasp the situation outside their little community. That things were dire and life was hard, and playing pranks or acting out weren't going to get you anywhere.

For the most part Stephen was a good leading character. He's just trying to figure out where he belong
Lauren Koerner
I kind of had higher hopes from this book. I read The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch and liked it, but it was also very average to me. That's what this book was like. I wouldn't re-read it. I don't think I'd necessarily recommend it, either, unless someone is looking for a very specific criteria that this book fits.
It had the opportunity to be a really great book with the dystopian plotline it put out, but it didn't seem to quite get there. I didn't particularly enjoy reading this book. It was okay
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Stephen has grown up in an America ravaged by war and plague. He has spent his life traveling with his father and grandfather as “salvagers” – picking up whatever they can to trade for items they need to survive. When Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father ends up in a coma after an accident, he finds himself taken in by a group of people trying to rebuild a true community. Struggling to fit in after a life of trusting no one, Steph
Why do I love these post-apocalyptic books so much? And the zombies... I love zombies. This book doesn't have zombies but the world is in ruins after a world war and killer flu virus called P11, the Eleventh Plague. Stephen and his dad and grandpa have been surviving as salvagers, traversing the US from South to North and back again, collecting anything they can sell at the big camps in Canada and Florida. Things take a dramatic turn for the worse when grandpa dies suddenly and then dad gets hur ...more
May 13, 2013 Giselle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Aug 07, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to think the end of the world meant the end of everything. Now I know it just means the end of civilization. Stephen Quinn has never known government or society, he was born into a world thrown into chaos and decay by a costly war and the release of a deadly virus known as P11. P11, or the eleventh plague was dropped on the United States by the Chinese, who now control the lands west of the Rocky Mountains while the few survivors in the east subsist by salvage, slave trade, or other unsav ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Aug 28, 2011 Jennifer Rinehart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the front cover blurb from Suzanne Collins that caught my eye. I've read the Hunger Games three times and if Suzanne says this book is 'excellent' then it at least deserved a second look.

I grabbed it along with a copy of Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (which is super duper, btw) and found a place to sit down (which is a rare thing at Barnes and Noble nowadays) and started to read the first chapter.

From the first page I was drawn in. I don't like to make comparisons to other books, it's
Jun 27, 2016 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
After reading this book here is a list of things I'm not sure this author understands:

teenage angst
figurative language
Brave New World

This book read more like a bad episode of Little House on the Prairie (you know, the episodes when they stopped following the books). The most interesting characters were dead and in a coma the entire time. The love story was totally forced, the characters completely hollo
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I listened to the audio book and perhaps my enjoyment of this book was marred by a "meh" reader. The Eleventh Plague is the story of what happens after a flu strain kills most of the population. It was an OK story for me. Perhaps I am just reading and listening to way too many dystopian/post apocalyptic books that this one did not stand out for me.

When my son finishes listening to this, I'l
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
3 out of 5 stars

It feels harsh, but this post-apocalyptic book is just largely forgettable. By that I mean, I’ve already forgotten most of it.

Stephen Quinn and his father are salvagers in a desolate world, and they have just had to bury Stephen’s grandfather. Unfortunately for them, Stephen’s grandfather was largely responsible for keeping the three of them alive, because he was extremely tough and restricting. So, without getting too spoiler-y, let’s just say that Stephen’s father does not make
Michelle Siena
Nov 04, 2012 Michelle Siena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best post-apocalyptic books I've read in a while(: Reminds me of the show "Revolution," you should check them both out!
Oct 17, 2011 Morrigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Stephen Quinn has grown up in a post-apocalyptic United States. The U.S. has been ravaged by war with China, a plague and the systemic fall of society as we know it. The military has turned to human trafficking and slavery, human decency is at an all time low and there is no one to trust but yourself. Stephen has just lost his grandfather, and his father has fallen down and is gravely injured. It is up to Stephen to keep his father and himself safe and try to find shelter. Then he meets people t ...more

Have you ever seen the television show Jericho? This book was almost exactly the same thing. Country goes to war, country pretty much loses, people learn to survive in their new circumstances and then eventually begin to rebel. Not a whole lot in this story felt particularly unique to me. Having said that, Hirsch wrote and characterized it so well I hardly cared that the situations weren’t entirely new. For me, the main focus was on the characters (particularly Steve) and the
Dec 27, 2011 ExLibris_Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit that this book first caught my attention because it was blurbed by Suzanne Collins. So, being the loyal Hunger Games fangirl that I am, I thought that I should give this book a try and I am so glad that I did. I am a fan of the dystopian sub-genre and I have noticed that the type of dystopia that is the scariest is the world that is most plausible. The Eleventh Plague takes place in the not too distant future where an unsteady global economy and diplomatic breakdowns with China caused a ...more
Shellie Cruz
Mar 09, 2012 Shellie Cruz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
The Eleventh Plague is a post-apocalyptic world told from a male’s perspective which is a great change up from being told from a female’s (don’t get me wrong I love my female characters but nice to see a change every now and then). Stephen, our main character, has never known what the real world was like because he was born 5 years after the virus the Chinese dropped on the US during war, P11, that took out majority of the population. He has always been a scavenger trying to find anything worth ...more
Lee Ann
Nov 11, 2011 Lee Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In October I attended a This is Teen event because author Maggie Stiefvater was going to be there. Two other authors also participated, and one of them was Jeff Hirsch, author of The Eleventh Plague. Honestly, I decided to read it because The Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins is quoted on the book jacket as saying, "The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home...An excellent, taut debut novel."

If you've read The Hungers Games then you know that Collins is no-joke when it comes to the
Oct 19, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for anyone who loves horror stories. The book is about a plague that sweeps across America and kills almost everyone. The book also has many fights. For example, the most intense fight is when the town of Settlers Landing and the Henrys have a battle. The book also has many sad moments. A very sad moment in the book is when the main character’s dad dies. I would give this book a 10 out of 10 because I love books that are action-packed.
Kimberly Yates
Feb 10, 2016 Kimberly Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book so much. It ranks high up there with any of the dystopia/end of the world because of a virus or zombies books. This one did not have zombies featured, instead a virus known as P11(Eleventh Plague) took most of the worlds population with the exception of a few as you usually see in these stories.

You see things from a teenager's point of view, in this book. Through his trails, losing his family, learning how to live without them in this harsh and cruel world. Who to trust, who no
A McSwain
The Eleventh Plague is a book by Jeff Hirsch I recently finished reading. It is about Stephen, a teenage boy who lives as a scavenger in the forgotten wasteland that is called Earth. Stephen lives in the aftermath of a brutal war that left millions dead, and thousands scared, and homeless. His grandfather recently died, and now Stephen is left with his dad. When Stephen was out wandering with his dad, they came across a group of slavers with a woman and a young boy hostage. They attempted to fr ...more
May 01, 2015 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen and his dad and grandpa have always been on the move ever since the Chinese attacked America with a deadly plague- P11. P11 has wiped out millions of people, and the only people left are the ones like Stephen and his family called salvagers, who scavenge around for items worth trading, and Slavers, evil people who have taken advantage of the chaos and enslave many salvagers. When Stephen's grandpa dies, Stephen and his dad make what seems like a horrible mistake. Stephen's dad ends up in ...more
Anna G.
Jan 15, 2016 Anna G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eleventh Plague was written by Jeff Hirsch. Jeff chose to write this story as a time when the U.S. was collapsed and was ripped of its identity. Everything fell down, everyone was going against each other and anyone will do anything in order to survive. China sent in a plague called the P Eleven and killed of an extreme amount of people. Now, people are just trying to make their lives like they were before. Now, there are slavers that go around wreaking havoc and trying to capture anyone tha ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this was not the best book. A majority of this book was very descriptive and to be honest, not very interesting. However, this story has a good plot due to the size of the book. In an apocalyptic world, Steven Quinn is struggling to survive with his father after his grandfather recently died. The new world is called the Collapse. The Collapse was started when a group of American Teenagers were caught in China doing something suspicious, because of this, the Chinese and Americans went to ...more
Vel T.
Feb 10, 2015 Vel T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is my review for The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch. The book takes place in post-apocalyptic America where a boy named Stephen Quinn and his dad travel around the country looking for materials to trade to gain necessary items for survival. These types of people are called salvagers. During their scavenging, they encounter two slavers keeping a mother and her son captive. The pair frees the captives, however Stephen's father falls off a cliff and gets into a coma. Stephen tries to wake his ...more
Lane Dethrow
Feb 21, 2014 Lane Dethrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch. It was one of the best books I've read this whole year! It is based during the "future" of America. A plague is released from the Chinese that are trying to kill the population. It focuses on a teenage boy and his life.
I like the way the author wrote the book. The point of view is from the boy, Stephen, and it really makes it feel like your in the book. He makes things personal by being able to know what Stephen thinks.
I definitely
Honestly, I like hear more about how the apocalypse happened but it was mostly about his life.
Sep 20, 2015 Oliviatheblue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was fucking terrible.
Jan 19, 2016 Kael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The United States and China were at war. The Chinese military were fed up with the U.S so they used nuclear weapons and bombs on them. The nuclear weapons caused the plague. The plague completely destroyed civilization. The U.S was now just a huge wasteland of nuclear war and decease.
A teenage boy, his stern grandfather, and his father, try to survive the plague. The boys name is Stephen Quinn. Stephens grandfather would shortly die before things get worse for them. Stephen and his father found
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