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The Keepers of the Flame (Fire-us #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  291 ratings  ·  24 reviews
They have found others.Five years after a deadly plague killed all the Grown-ups, the world's population has nearly vanished. But a group of children have survived and forged a new family, a new life, and together traveled up the coast of Florida, looking for answers.

To their shock, they've found a group of adults, the only Grown-ups they've seen for years, living in an ab
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Eos (first published November 1st 2002)
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Coquille Fleur
I read this one first, not realizing it was a series. The shopping mall setting kinda reminded me of why I liked the original Dawn of the Dead; however, no zombies in this book - thank goodness. This is a great series for anyone into YA, post-apocalypse, and distopia novels as it covers all the bases. Life in the shopping mall is definitely distopian. The characters in the series are adorable, especially their names and how they get them. Not as adventure filled as the other two, but fascinating ...more
The second book in the Fire-us trilogy, this installment finds the "family" of kids at a mall with religious zealots. Even though they now have food and shelter, the kids start to worry about their new life when two of their group disappear and they find out that other children who had been at the mall have been sent away to some mysterious supreme leader.

I find that the mistakes with words that are made by the children and their dedication to each other help to endear them to the reader; howev
This was ridiculous. I almost hated it. Why I even wasted time reading the whole trilogy, I don't know. Although, you would probably call it more like skimming because after reading the first book, I definitely only sped-read through the last two. So, this series is about a gang of kids who survived a deadly virus that swept across the world killing everyone but them (or so they believed). They've been living on their own for five years until a strange boy and twins show up in their town. The st ...more
Cathleen Ash
The survivors of the apocalypse have found a group of grownups - but find there's more to them than meets the eye. Now it's not a story about settling in and creating the family all the children have dreamed of (vague memories of pre-plague life), but a story of getting free and running for their lives. The language is still tough - you realize now that the Fire-Us was really a Virus that wiped out humanity, and there are many other examples of 'modified' words as the older children try to teach ...more
The Keepers of the Flame is the second book in the Fire-us trilogy. In this book, the group discovers a whole "coven" of people living together in a shopping mall, all with Biblical names. Although they are treated extremely well here, they cannot shake off this feeling that there is something...wrong...with this coven and place. Naturally, they escape, and one of the coven tags along with them. They travel a bit more, and bump into a group of grownups.

This book was not as good as the first boo
I wasn't as intrigued by the second book in the Fire-Us trilogy, as compared to the first. I appreciated the concept of this plot as it unfolded- especially as it highlighted the role that extreme religious and/or structured communities play during terrifying times. For most of the first half of the book I kept thinking that I wouldn't have an interest in reading the final of the three in the series. However, I grew more interested (or less irritated) during the last half of the book. It has lef ...more
Sonya Huser
I love the trilogy, though I don't like the second or third book as much as the first. It's a good 'make you think' book. If most of Earth's population died, what would you do? Could you survive? How much devastation can your mind process before it starts shutting down? What I don't like about the books is the direction they take with this (the 2nd) book. An apocalypse is one thing. One caused by a Christian cult is another. Even though the oldest character is only about 16, the books are pretty ...more
Cat Blasi
The second book in this trilogy opens up new doors in what seemed like a simple world. This book reveals more to the readers and brings up more questions. It will also show new sides to the main characters.
Meg McGregor
This is the second book in a trilogy about a world where most of the adults have died and the children are left to care for themselves. I enjoyed reading the book but it was a bit slow in the beginning. The book also raises more questions than it answers but that is ok! I look forward to reading the last book in the series.
A really engaging read all the way through and very hard to put down once the story regains its momentum after the first chapter. Definitely read the first book before this as the story itself continues directly from that book's last chapter. I look forward to reading the last and final book of this fine trilogy.
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May 05, 2012 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
10 children have survived 5 years after a plague has killed all the adults. Hunter, Teacher, Mommy, Angerman, Action Figure, Baby, Doll, Puppy & Kitty encounter a strange group of adults on their journey to find a man named president. But something is terribly wrong. Great
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
This book is actually a bit too disturbing for children. It's extremely good. It's actually better than the much longer The Stand by Stephan King and can make a woman's ovaries scream in agony over how brutal the lives of these kids are.

Also Angerman is awesome.
Matthew Johnson
Nov 29, 2010 Matthew Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children and teenagers
for some reason I don't read to see whether it is a trilogy or anything like that when I see it so I just read it and let me say that this book was VERY good. The setting and plot and all of the other stuff was great.
This really shouldn't have been three books. There's barely enough here for one. So I've reviewed the whole series under the third and last one.
Things get more complicated in this one with a great sense of imminent danger. Cliffhanger ending with more questions than answers. Excellent middle book- can't wait to see how it will all end!
I've moved on to the third book, but this one pales in comparison to the zany first one, and most of the plots are easy to unravel.
Erin Newton
This was an interesting read. Nothing like the first book which is nice. Lots of issues and deception.
The family discovers a community of adults who survived the virus- the intensely religious Keepers.
Mar 01, 2010 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle - High School
Recommended to Kate by: Sonya Huser
This series continues to be so good! I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.
Ian Smith
There was lots of mystery and a great new character.
The Third Place A Teen Library
F ARM fu bk. 2

Must read this series in order!
Sarah Ercanbrack
Loved this one too!!
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