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

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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
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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
J.Elle
Mar 09, 2010 J.Elle rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Shane
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
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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
Jamie Dacyczyn
2015 Reading Challenge: A trilogy.

This book continues the journey of a group of kids/teens who are trying to reaching Washington DC five years after the "fire-us" wiped out all of the adults. This book picks up there the first left off....with the discovery of adults. These adults turn out to be a religious group who suspiciously survived the apocalypse, and have since taken over a former mall to live in. For some reason they've taken a keen interest in Puppy and Kitten, the two stray children w
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Alex
Jan 27, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
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
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Sonya Huser
May 11, 2011 Sonya Huser rated it really liked it
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
Cherry
May 19, 2013 Cherry rated it liked it
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 ...more
Issam
Aug 20, 2009 Issam rated it really liked it
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.
Meg McGregor
Sep 15, 2012 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
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.
Sam
Sep 24, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
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Matthew Johnson
Nov 29, 2010 Matthew Johnson rated it it was amazing
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.
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 11, 2013 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it
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.
Cat Blasi
May 19, 2015 Cat Blasi rated it it was amazing
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.
Vicki
May 05, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
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
Michele
Dec 07, 2014 Michele rated it it was ok
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.
Erin Newton
Sep 05, 2013 Erin Newton rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. Nothing like the first book which is nice. Lots of issues and deception.
Phair
Aug 10, 2009 Phair rated it it was amazing
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!
Ann
Sep 13, 2010 Ann rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction, 2006
The family discovers a community of adults who survived the virus- the intensely religious Keepers.
jess
Nov 02, 2010 jess rated it it was ok
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.
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