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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
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Always searching for that next great dystopian read, I grabbed The Eleventh Plague as soon as it came in to the library.
After a war with China, the United States is now a desolate wasteland - the population nearly erased by a killer flu released by the Chinese government. (Side note - while a lot of dystopian stories have a government backstory that often relies on a suspension of belief, this one was a refreshing switch because it was scary to even think that such a think really could happen).
The story begins when Stephen and his father are burying their grandfather. Although he was an abusive man, he was also their practical leader who kept them alive. Stephen's father, on the other hand, is impulsive and not careful which soon leads to a deadly accident.
Stephen and his father are found by a group of men who are part of a re-structured society. They take them in so that Stephen's father can receive medical attention. While Stephen waits for his father to heal, he befriends the daughter of their temporary hosts, Jennifer. Jennifer is wile and angry and is always seeking revenge on those who wrong her. When Stephen finds himself mixed up with her during what they think is a harmless prank, they turn the precariously peaceful society into a new warzone.
The Eleventh Plague was a quick and engaging read. I think it's a good stand-alone dystopian title. It's an easy one to recommend to both boys and girls who are looking for something to save their Hunger Games withdrawl.
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