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The Loners by Lex Thomas
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Aug 26, 12

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Read in August, 2012

Quarantine, this book reminded me a lot of The Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games and The Breakfast Club. The Lord of the Flies because of the way the kids formed gangs and that is how they identified themselves. The Breakfast Club because of the way the school had all the different groups of kids together and when it all came down to it, they kept that as their own identity. The Hunger Games because of the way the kids fought for survival and how the government provided for them. It was a typical day at high school when the school is exposed to a deadly virus. The virus only attacks teenagers in their early puberty years making them lethal to adults and children until they finish adolescence. Some of the teenagers in the school who had been affected have escaped the school and have unleashed the virus to the rest of the world but the reminder of the exposed teens are under the government’s quarantine in the school building. Where once the school operated as a typical school with a few separate groups all typically getting along somewhat, once the quarantine takes place, a segregation occurs among the teens. The school has becomes a war zone within itself with sectors for the Pretty Ones, Sluts, Freaks, Nerds, Geeks, Skaters, Burnouts, Varsity and the Loners. The loners are the students who really didn’t have a gang to belong to and that group ends up being lead by David, who is one of the main characters of the book. Luke is David’s brother and throughout the book with all the turmoil of the quarantine taking place, you have the drama of Luke and David. Luke has a crush on a girl and this girl is playing both of the brothers, it’s a no-win situation for everyone. The government tells you when you can leave the school and it is like graduation but as the calendar year turns, the situation is getting heated. The gangs barter their wares with each other and the tensions have mounted. I really thought as I was reading this book, that the teens in the book were under a big conspiracy. That in the end, the government would open the doors and tell them they were part of an experiment and they had been taped and recorded. It just felt like that kind of a book. So surreal. There was violence in the book but to survive in those circumstances, you would have to do that with that many people involved since they all had different opinions. Interesting to read about how the teens functioned, how they learned to deal with friendships and romance and how they thought about themselves under such unpleasant situation. The book was very exciting and a real page turner. Can’t wait to see what happens in book #2.
Some swearing, no drugs and some mentions of sex but not graphic.
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