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The Eleventh Plague

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  9,107 ratings  ·  1,358 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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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Michelle Siena
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!
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
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
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
The book is actually not that bad, but I find myself reluctant to give it a higher rating because it's nothing special either. I love dystopian worlds, so I was excited when I got this book, but I do not think it used all the potential it had. Similarly to The Hunger Games, not enough explanation was given about what actually happened to make the world change. It did give some explanation, but I think it should have went more in depth to set the mood and the atmosphere better, and make this worl ...more
Lee Ann
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
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.
Velaisz T.
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
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
Sasha Bartoo
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James Maxon
Jeff Hirsch’s debut novel, The Eleventh Plague, was published on September 1, 2011. He spent his school days writing poems, short stories, and directing plays. After that he went to college to study acting and then, eventually, playwriting. Learn more about the author at

Story overview:
In a world mostly destroyed in a past war (World War III), survival became the new way of life. For fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn, this was all he ever knew.

With his mother dead and his
Ilsa Bick
If Suzanne Collins recommends a book, you can bet people will sit up and take notice–and with good reason. Having had the opportunity to both meet and hang out a tad with Jeff at a recent lit conference, I can tell you two things: he’s a very nice guy and a good writer to boot. His background as a playwright means he has a good ear for dialogue and that shows here in this post-apocalyptic story that revolves mostly around finding one’s place in a new world that evokes a bit of MAD MAX. Not in a ...more
‘The Eleventh Plague’ unfortunately was not one of the epic dystopian that was released in 2011. When compared with the titans that are ‘Divergent’, ‘Enclave’ and ‘Ashes’ this novel falls somewhere in the middle, with just a mediocre entertainment value. There are so many good novels in this genre that I felt a little put-out after reading ‘The Eleventh Plague.’ Don’t get me wrong, the premise was interesting, the writing was compelling, what threw me through a loop was the main characters. I fe ...more
Hylary Locsin
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In the not too distant future, fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his father are scavengers living in the desolate wasteland that is now the United States. After a plague known as P-11 wipes out most of the population of North America, the survivors now live on the brink of starvation, constantly trying to evade capture by the Slavers: mercenaries who seek to sell their captives to the highest bid
Lisa Nocita
The Eleventh Plague starts out with a strong premise in a post-apocalyptic United States that has been compromised by a deadly plague. Imagine Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome or WaterWorld and you have the basic image in mind of this devastated world where survival is the name of the game all day, every day. There is no time for niceties or small pleasures. The first chapter opens with great inferencing opportunities for students. While we are never really given a lot of background information on ...more
Leigh Ann - Silver Wings Reviews
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I really enjoyed "The Eleventh Plague". I love dystopian, especially when it involves the destruction of today's world, where things are familiar yet different. Buildings are crumbling and there's still signs for Starbucks and McDonald's, but they're overgrown with vines and weeds. In "The Eleventh Plague" we're introduced to a world that has been decimated by war. Most of the population was killed by a horrible disease after America was bombe
Joy (joyous reads)
There wasn’t much left of America; there wasn’t much left of the world, for that matter. Civilization finally did what it had been trying to do for years – it exterminated itself by waging war against each other. Hunger, famine and a strain of a deadly flu virus took out what was left of the population until the only ones that survived were the strong, determined that humanity will flourish again.

This is the story of Stephen Quinn, a fifteen year old boy, who suddenly found himself alone after
"The Eleventh Plague" by Jeff Hirsch , was a really good book. Right when the book starts i got hooked right away just from reading the first paragraph. This book was about a Plague that the Chinese had spread out and the Plague spread fast. The book starts off with the Main character (Steve) and his dad and his grandpa and mom. His mom and grandpa had died right away from the Plague so then Steve and his dad were all by themselves. When his grandpa was still alive they were gather's. Thats when ...more
Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn, his dad, and grandfather are scavengers in a post-apocalyptic America in the not-too-distant future. They have survived a deadly flu outbreak launched by China, and they continue to stay alive by being constantly on the move, looking out for rogue military types, slavers, and anyone else they think means to do them harm. When a series of events finds Stephen running for his life, his dad in a coma, and his grandfather in a grave, salvation comes in the form of set ...more
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