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The Eleventh Plague

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  12,602 ratings  ·  1,790 reviews
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published December 28th 1998)
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PSXtreme I'm about 83% done with it and I'll probably give it an average rating upon completion (unless it goes off into an unexpected direction). It's not a…moreI'm about 83% done with it and I'll probably give it an average rating upon completion (unless it goes off into an unexpected direction). It's not a terrible piece (I've read much worse by much more established writers)'s not outstanding either. Pretty much a middle of the road book. You also have to take into consideration that this isn't written for an adult audience...that does make a difference.(less)

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Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
*EDIT shit - i forgot to say one little thing*

i initially gave this book three stars, but when i sat down to write my little book report, i found that i was so bored by the prospect, that it really should lose a star for leaving me so underwhelmed.

because writing book reports is fun!!!

you can put in pictures:

oooh, urban wasteland!

you can arbitrarily highlight your most emphatic words so people will notice you!

you can make links to things that have nothing whatsoever to do with your review (you
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I was excited to read this debut novel from Jeff Hirsch, especially after word got out that Suzanne Collins had blurbed it, saying, "The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home...An excellent, taut debut novel." Dystopians are all the rage right now, but I wanted to read something different, and this book provides just that.

First off, I enjoy a good male protagonist. After reading so many dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, one begins to wonder, are young women the only ones who will sta
With a title like "The Eleventh Plague" one would suspect that an illness/virus is the biggest, most immediate threat that the characters have to face. But the actual story is more like the aftermath of an insinuated plague, involving a fifteen year old boy roaming alongside his father and grandfather as scavengers, until some difficult circumstances come to pass. So there's a bit of false advertisement in the title, because it's more about the people living in the aftermath of the plague. I dec ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia
After reading this book here is a list of things I'm not sure this author understands:

teenage angst
figurative language
Brave New World

This book read more like a bad episode of Little House on the Prairie (you know, the episodes when they stopped following the books). The most interesting characters were dead and in a coma the entire time. The love story was totally forced, the characters completely hollo
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galley, ya
A fast read that's best suited for younger teens looking for a post-apocalyptic world setting.

The characters are young and act like it. There were several times when I rolled my eyes at their antics because they either didn't or couldn't grasp the situation outside their little community. That things were dire and life was hard, and playing pranks or acting out weren't going to get you anywhere.

For the most part Stephen was a good leading character. He's just trying to figure out where he belong
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Stephen has grown up in an America ravaged by war and plague. He has spent his life traveling with his father and grandfather as “salvagers” – picking up whatever they can to trade for items they need to survive. When Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father ends up in a coma after an accident, he finds himself taken in by a group of people trying to rebuild a true community. Struggling to fit in after a life of trusting no one, Steph
Why do I love these post-apocalyptic books so much? And the zombies... I love zombies. This book doesn't have zombies but the world is in ruins after a world war and killer flu virus called P11, the Eleventh Plague. Stephen and his dad and grandpa have been surviving as salvagers, traversing the US from South to North and back again, collecting anything they can sell at the big camps in Canada and Florida. Things take a dramatic turn for the worse when grandpa dies suddenly and then dad gets hur ...more
Lauren Koerner
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I kind of had higher hopes from this book. I read The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch and liked it, but it was also very average to me. That's what this book was like. I wouldn't re-read it. I don't think I'd necessarily recommend it, either, unless someone is looking for a very specific criteria that this book fits.
It had the opportunity to be a really great book with the dystopian plotline it put out, but it didn't seem to quite get there. I didn't particularly enjoy reading this book. It was okay
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to think the end of the world meant the end of everything. Now I know it just means the end of civilization. Stephen Quinn has never known government or society, he was born into a world thrown into chaos and decay by a costly war and the release of a deadly virus known as P11. P11, or the eleventh plague was dropped on the United States by the Chinese, who now control the lands west of the Rocky Mountains while the few survivors in the east subsist by salvage, slave trade, or other unsav ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was the front cover blurb from Suzanne Collins that caught my eye. I've read the Hunger Games three times and if Suzanne says this book is 'excellent' then it at least deserved a second look.

I grabbed it along with a copy of Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (which is super duper, btw) and found a place to sit down (which is a rare thing at Barnes and Noble nowadays) and started to read the first chapter.

From the first page I was drawn in. I don't like to make comparisons to other books, it's
Michelle Siena
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best post-apocalyptic books I've read in a while(: Reminds me of the show "Revolution," you should check them both out!
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I admit that this book first caught my attention because it was blurbed by Suzanne Collins. So, being the loyal Hunger Games fangirl that I am, I thought that I should give this book a try and I am so glad that I did. I am a fan of the dystopian sub-genre and I have noticed that the type of dystopia that is the scariest is the world that is most plausible. The Eleventh Plague takes place in the not too distant future where an unsteady global economy and diplomatic breakdowns with China caused a ...more
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
3 out of 5 stars

It feels harsh, but this post-apocalyptic book is just largely forgettable. By that I mean, I’ve already forgotten most of it.

Stephen Quinn and his father are salvagers in a desolate world, and they have just had to bury Stephen’s grandfather. Unfortunately for them, Stephen’s grandfather was largely responsible for keeping the three of them alive, because he was extremely tough and restricting. So, without getting too spoiler-y, let’s just say that Stephen’s father does not make
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I listened to the audio book and perhaps my enjoyment of this book was marred by a "meh" reader. The Eleventh Plague is the story of what happens after a flu strain kills most of the population. It was an OK story for me. Perhaps I am just reading and listening to way too many dystopian/post apocalyptic books that this one did not stand out for me.

When my son finishes listening to this, I'l
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book was ok. The title is a bit misleading because its actually set after the plague, not during it. The ending isn't satisfying special or cool in any way. I finished the book saying "meh". I'm also not a big fan of post apocalyptical books so if you like that kind of stuff, you will probably like this.
Cassia Schaar
If you're considering reading this because you think it'll be a high action survival story about an epidemic, walk away now. The Eleventh Plague is basically click-bait for books. It's blurbed by Suzanne Collins and everything. And's neither high action OR about an epidemic. Most of the book isn't even about survival! What bothered me most is that the inciting incident promised on the back cover didn't happen until I was about 60% through. That incident then triggered the CLIMAX of all ...more
Shellie Cruz
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
The Eleventh Plague is a post-apocalyptic world told from a male’s perspective which is a great change up from being told from a female’s (don’t get me wrong I love my female characters but nice to see a change every now and then). Stephen, our main character, has never known what the real world was like because he was born 5 years after the virus the Chinese dropped on the US during war, P11, that took out majority of the population. He has always been a scavenger trying to find anything worth ...more
Lee Ann
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
In October I attended a This is Teen event because author Maggie Stiefvater was going to be there. Two other authors also participated, and one of them was Jeff Hirsch, author of The Eleventh Plague. Honestly, I decided to read it because The Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins is quoted on the book jacket as saying, "The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home...An excellent, taut debut novel."

If you've read The Hungers Games then you know that Collins is no-joke when it comes to the
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Stephen Quinn has grown up in a post-apocalyptic United States. The U.S. has been ravaged by war with China, a plague and the systemic fall of society as we know it. The military has turned to human trafficking and slavery, human decency is at an all time low and there is no one to trust but yourself. Stephen has just lost his grandfather, and his father has fallen down and is gravely injured. It is up to Stephen to keep his father and himself safe and try to find shelter. Then he meets people t ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book so much. It ranks high up there with any of the dystopia/end of the world because of a virus or zombies books. This one did not have zombies featured, instead a virus known as P11(Eleventh Plague) took most of the worlds population with the exception of a few as you usually see in these stories.

You see things from a teenager's point of view, in this book. Through his trails, losing his family, learning how to live without them in this harsh and cruel world. Who to trust, who no
Jenna Buss
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok

I did not enjoy this book. It was boring and slow and the characters acted like they were 5 years old in the sense that they never really thought about or grasped their situation. It had the potential to be a great dystopian novel, but it just wasn't.
Stephen and his dad are alone after his grandfather dies from the plague. Then, guess what? His father dies, too. Stephen then meets a rebel girl whom everybody dislikes and of course has to fall in love with her, and then, of cou
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is great for anyone who loves horror stories. The book is about a plague that sweeps across America and kills almost everyone. The book also has many fights. For example, the most intense fight is when the town of Settlers Landing and the Henrys have a battle. The book also has many sad moments. A very sad moment in the book is when the main character’s dad dies. I would give this book a 10 out of 10 because I love books that are action-packed.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I like hear more about how the apocalypse happened but it was mostly about his life.
Sam Mitchell
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch was a very interesting book. This book takes place in America some time in the near future. However everything is opposite of what I think the future will be like. All technology has seemed to have died off and an illness has wiped out most of the population.The story follows Stephan, a teenage boy, and his father. In the story Stephen is the narrator. I found this very relatable because Stephen and I are about the same age.
I gave this book 4 stars for many re
Michael Goldstein
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Eleventh Plague is about a fifteen year old boy named Stephen. He is a survivor in the apocalypse. When Stephen was born, his mother had died. In the introduction, his father and grandfather are traveling the post-collapse America, scavenging for anything that would help them survive. Throughout the story, his grandfather passed away, leaving him many lessons that would come in handy later in life. These lessons included how to shoot and use weapons. Due to a swimming accident, his father wa ...more
Christa Maurice
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
So many plot holes!

The community has a real doctor but they might kick out her entire family over politics? Really.

The grandfather (who is dead in the first scene) was abusive, but this doesn't change the main character at all? Really.

These kids have all been out in the dystopian mess that is the world, but they're all acting like they're starring on 90210? Really.

This little gated community has no security despite the fact that there are slavers just roaming the countryside? Really.

The teens we
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

When P-11, a souped up version of influenza concocted and weaponized by the Chinese government, was unleashed on North America, global society had already long been in the process of collapse. After the nukes the United States unleashed, after the economic meltdown, and constant atmosphere of fear and distrust, the plague was just another symptom of a sick, dying world. Stephen has never known the world pre-collapse; his whole life he has salvaged and kep
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jackson Godin
September Book Plug
September 30, 2018

The book, The Eleventh Plague, is a realistic fiction novel by Hirsch Jeff. The story is about fifteen-year old Stephen Quinn and his father. Stephen and his dad try to resume the scavenging trail that their now deceased grandpa has made them travel on since before Stephen was even born. America has been damaged by war and has lost WWlll in which most of the population died because of a chinese bio-weapon. Everything went to chaos and has been
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good compact apocaliptice book. Including the part were they wage war agenset HIM.
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