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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
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Dec 04, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: asian-american, boy-friendly, disaster-apocalyptic
Read from December 01 to 04, 2011

After the Collapse civilization fell apart due to war and a virulent plague called P-11. In this bleak setting, Stephen has been traveling with his father and grandfather, scavenging useful items and trading them to surviving settlements -- trying to avoid slavers and bandits. When Stephen's grandfather dies and his father is terribly injured in an accident, he ends up being taken in by one of the settlements. Can he make a home there? Or will he light the fuse to tear the settlement apart?

At first this book came across as a far less depressing version of "The Road," which might have actually been pretty cool. But then it firmly rooted itself in the settlement and its stock cast of characters -- the Bible-quoting megalomaniac, the rebellious girl, the bland friend -- and my interest nose-dived. The book pays lip service to the tenuous uncertainty of a post-apocalyptic settlement -- but unlike "The Road" or "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," it doesn't really back that up with actual, narrative tension. Also, our protagonist, Stephen doesn't have enough of a personality to make me interested in what happens to him.

Recommended for fans of:

Rot & Ruin
Tomorrow, When the War Began
The Fire-Us Series

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