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The Loners

(Quarantine #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,644 ratings  ·  1,144 reviews
It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adu
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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Cora Anyone who can handle mentions of sex, language, and a bit of violence and who wants to read it, should. Especially if they liked the Monument 14 seri…moreAnyone who can handle mentions of sex, language, and a bit of violence and who wants to read it, should. Especially if they liked the Monument 14 series.(less)
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
i was very prepared to dislike this book. this is not the same as expecting to dislike it, mind you, i was hoping to like it, but i was bracing myself for it to be bad, because i am a realist. because as much as i love these kinds of books, plenty of them are lackluster and very samey: Trapped, The Way We Fall, No Safety In Numbers, etc.

and this one is not without flaws, but they are the kind of flaws where the sheer fun of the book dwarfs the flaws.

that is the only time i will use a kitten to
Read-along with the awesome Cas!
I can't remember the last time a book made me so angry. I've had my fair share of disappointingly bad books, but one that left such a bad taste on my mouth and my blood boiling with how offended I was by it? If I ever did read one that had the same effect, I've forgotten about it and I do hope Quarantine: The Loners suffers the same fate. If I could give zero stars to this book, I would. But I refuse to leave this book without a
Lelia Taylor
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
I have such mixed feelings about this book that I hardly know where to begin. The truth is, there is a lot wrong with it but I still kept right on reading, couldn’t make myself stop. What’s up with that?

For one thing, for a post-disaster scenario, which is pretty nearly always completely unrealistic, this one is way out there in left field. Here you have a school full of teens that have been cordoned off from the outside world. So far, so good. Why this has happened is at first a mystery to the
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

I've been through a couple of these kids-trapped-in-a-building-without-adult-supervision books already this year, like This Is Not a Test and Monument 14. In theory, I really like that basic structure, because it leaves a lot of space to do interesting things with social dynamics. Here, it was mostly just a way to isolate kids so they can do really awful things to one another.

When I read Monument 14, one of my issues was that none of the kids are parti
Looking for a light, fluffy read? NOT HERE! This is dark, gritty, violent and terrifying on several levels. One of the most disturbing books I have ever read. And I love it! I've now read it twice.

Meet David, your typical high school student who was once the most popular guy is school until his mother's death who lost his way in life. A new year in school with his younger brother, Will, is going to be a year he will never forget. Mid-day finds him witnessing the death of the faculty before his v
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Review also posted on my blog

I think I should just let you all know that this review is going to be terrible. Not because the book was bad but because I am struggling to find anything bad to say about it. Expect this review to be full of gushing because I absolutely LOVED this book.

I thought it was smart, compelling and brave. It dares to go into territory that many YA books will not tread. It is brutal, violent, gruesome, frightening and at times overwhelming. Another thing that separates this
Ok, Quaranteen (as it says on my copy) or Quarantine is a fun, fast-paced read. It's violent, has mature content and requires a LOT of willing suspension of disbelief, but it works as a quick summer read. I can see a lot of my male sophomore students liking the book. The male protagonists are likable, the fight scenes are graphic, and there are a lot of mini-cliffhangers that will keep kids turning pages. Sure there are a lot of lingering questions & arguable plot holes (we'll see what gets reve ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Yikes! You know those people who want to TELL you the entire plot of a long and convoluted movie or video game and go on and on, but you just never really understand the story or see the setting or empathize with the characters? Oh, and you want those people to stop talking and go away? That's how I felt for the 400 long pages of this novel.

It reads like a bad movie or illogical video game scenario explained by an inarticulate teen with a penchant for throwing in some jolting figurative language
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
What to feel about this book... not sure yet. It's still settling in my stomach like a large meal at a greasy spoon. I'm going to go with a very safe 3 star review because I did enjoy this book, despite the occasionally awkward writing, the terrible science, and the annoying moody teenager-ness of a lot of the main characters.

The entire plot centers around a scientific macguffin which, if read into too deeply, will make your brain explode with the inconsistencies of logic. Seriously. To get any
Meg Y
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I think it’s safe to say that it’s a major page-turner, filled with suspense and cliffhangers. Despite this, however, I do think that it has some flaws. For example, the book takes place in a high school that is very stereotypical—almost too much so. Before the quarantine began, David was that stereotypical “popular all-star quarterback” that you see when you’re watching a cheesy show about an impractical high school. And, of course, you can’t forget his very popular, “Queen Bee” girlfriend, Hi ...more
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At A Glance

YA; Science Fiction; Dystopian
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: triangle
Cliff Hanger: fuck ya
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 7
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 9

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Hallway of death!
Worst Part: "romance"
Thoughts Had: At least they have condoms...


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: ahhhh that freaking cliffhanger ending!? why do that to me! ugh. okay parts of thi
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: micah-s-faves
I just finished reading Quarantine moments ago and OMFG! This book is absolutely amazing. I literally was in love with the book right from Page One. It reminds me so much of Gone by Michael grant which is my favorite series so you'll likely here me compare them.

Let's Start the Review

A. Characters:
There are a lot of characters in Quarantine...A LOT but the main ones who matter are David, Will, Lucy, Sam & Hillary.

David is the lead character and honestly, i felt bad for David in the beginning of t
Summer Lane
This book is full of surprises. Just when you think the characters are going to get a break...they don't.
The plot goes like this: teenagers in a local high school are infected with a virus that make them toxic to the rest of the world. They are locked up on campus, and high school becomes a quarantine zone. The only thing is, the kids quickly become desperate and feral, and the teens switch to Hunger Games-mode pretty quickly. After all, it's survival of the fittest...right?

There are a few mai
To everything in this book.

I feel like something's wrong with me because so many people enjoyed it.

I just did not feel anything in this book at all.

Theres so many questions about this book that go unanswered, which I guess makes sense because this is a series and maybe the author is leaving it for the next books, but still. It was wholly irritating to me.

Such as:
-how can there be drop offs of supplies from the government, but no contact other than that?
-how can there be so much sex happening
Kimberley doruyter
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
way better then i thought from the first couple of chapter.
and now i have to buy another book (damn).
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2.5 It Was a Struggle Stars
To say I struggled with this one would be an understatement. It took about two weeks to finish the book and unfortunately it just never got better. The ending in fact just served to piss me off more and set the stage for the next book which I could care less about reading. Apocalypse, disease, dystopian novels are my jam, and even with an actual Quarantine happening around the world, I could not find it in me to like this book. The book was essentially highschool drama
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an interesting read. I never expected me to enjoy this book as much as I did. The story was intriguing, especially the formation of different gangs, and how the students got exposed to the virus because of a kid that the military couldn't catch. I did not like the romance aspect of the story because it was a sort of love triangle between the two brothers (David and Will) and Lucy. However, wherever the romance was lacking, the suspense was really entertaining. The characters were very c ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really didn't like a single thing about the book-the writing, the plot, the characters, nothing. So if you're hoping I will praise something in it, all I can say is 'Move along, nothing to see here' *flaps arms at readers*

I usually take a lot of notes while reading so I can refer to them later to refresh my memory. My notes begin with 'Quarantine: The Losers' which probably sums up my feelings perfectly. Lets start with the characters shall we? The guys are all mean, obnoxious jerks whose only
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would enjoy a story written mainly in a male's perspective this much.

It is high school drama.

Except you don't fight to get up the ranks, you kill to survive.

First day of school at McKinley turned out to be the start of a nightmare.

For the students, that is.

For the teachers it's easier, they just die.

And trust me when I say it's easier for them.

When the school exploded into chaos, fear masked the faces of every single member of the school.

Then came the news that their school has
Apr 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I consider myself fairly good at suspending disbelief in order to connect with a good plot, but Quaranteen: The Loners just didn't get there.

It's the first day of school for David and his freshman brother, Will, at their brand new high school. Soon after they arrive, there is an explosion, and all of the adults die a horrible, graphic death. The school is quickly quarantined by the military.

The school kids almost immediately form gangs, based on the usual high school cliques. There are food and
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seen at Scott Reads It
If you thought high school was horrible, you're in for a wake up call. As bad as high school was for you, I bet you didn't have it as bad as David and Will. Quarantine is unlike anything I have ever read and it just blew me away. Lex Thomas's debut was an extraordinary vision of what would happen if a high school got quarantined. The scariest thing about Quarantine is that it could actually happen.

Imagine if Divergent and Lord Of The Flies were put in a blender and mixed
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: decluttered
The back cover of this books says something about this being a modern day Lord of the Flies, and I think that's a really good description of what this book entails. Being stuck in a high school with no adults to tell you what to do seems like it wouldn't be too bad, but I for one would not want to be stuck in this one. There's gangs and fights and murders and it's actually kind of hard to believe that all the main characters are just teenagers. The premis was interesting, but there were many tim ...more
Wolf (Alpha)
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I hate how the kids are locked up in the school and I hate how David and Will don't have a group to go with. I like how David saves Lucy and lets her join the group. I like how David manages to get a small group together and how he gets a gang. I like how Sam fails in his attempt to kill David multiple times. Definitely a 5 star rating. ...more
I can't say that this book was terrible, but I can't say that I liked it. One of the characters named Lucy just angered me. I don't really know why, but she just didn't really have a purpose in the story line other than adding some romantic conflict. Another character that I had a problem with was Will. Will just seemed very ungrateful and just jealous. I get that things didn't go his way, but instead of cooperating, he went along and made everything more difficult. Some good things about "Quara ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
DNF at 45 pages

I received a copy of this title from Walker Books Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
When a population of high school students contract a virus that makes them deadly to adults, they are trapped in their school, Lord of the Flies style.

I had high hopes for this one but unfortunately I gave up after about four chapters and 45ish pages. I had three main problems with what I read. The first of these is that the narrative style focused far more on telling than showing, and so I
Medeia Sharif
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
David, once a popular football player, is still grieving the loss of his mother. He’s lost friends and his girlfriend as a result of his plummeting social status. He’s a doting brother, taking care of his brother, Will, who experiences seizures. Both boys are about to go back to school. On their first day there’s an explosion. Hair falls out, people are vomiting up organs, illness spreads rapidly, and soldiers barrage the school shooting at people. The soldiers retreat. If they come too near, th ...more
As soon as I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Quaranteen follows what happens after a regular high school is infected with a disease fatal to all adults and is entirely closed off from the world. That immediately made me consider what would happen with my own school if this were to happen. No adults to calm the chaos. No one to regulate who gets food, medical supplies, little comforts from the outside world.

The book is most chilling in its realism, because although reading abo
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For people who are fans of the Hunger Games, Gone, and Lord of the Flies this is the book for you. One day at school was like any other, until an explosion took out half the school. While trying to help his teacher, Davids English teacher dies right in front of him in a pool of blood and guts. The kids have a virus, making them lethal to all adults. And in this school you don't fight for fun, you fight to live. And without your as good as dead, and Will and David are without a gang looking for a ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Probably the worst writing I've ever been exposed to in a book published by a big NYC press because of a massive amount of extremely dull "telling rather than showing" sentences. Despite that, the content was very strong and the book is going to make a fantastic movie (I think it was optioned before it was actually published). I'm looking forward to watching the sequel movies (assuming they're made) since there's no way that I'll read the rest of the books. ...more
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Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their first novel, QUARANTINE: THE LONERS, earned a starred review from Booklist, and Huffington Post Books praised it, saying, "You will not be able to put this book down."

Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. Thomas graduated with a B

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