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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  951 ratings  ·  218 reviews
Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna's circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn't about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading il ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Sky Pony
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Yvonne Ventresca Yes, in the sense that it portrays what it might be like if there was a flu pandemic tomorrow. It is not dystopian or set in a futuristic world.
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Ellen Gail
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok

Lilianna (aka Lil) Snyder is just like any other high-schooler in New Jersey. Dealing with drama with the ex-boyfriend, helping her friend Megs pick out outfits, smoking and being moody. Of course Lil is a little different. As a coping mechanism after a trauma, Lil is extraordinarily pessimistic and obsessed with preparing for tragedy. Her shelves are stuffed with nonperishables and she lives with constant anxiety, waiting for a natural disaster or an outbreak of disease.

Her wait is over.

Tom Lewis
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Argh! It was going so good as this cool end-of-the-world type of survival thriller, but then fell apart into fluffiness in the final few chapters. And no zombies, dangit! This time around it was just a new strain of flu virus killing people... and they're staying dead. It's told first-person from the perspective of teenager Lil, who made for an interesting protagonist, but the story just threw in too much fluff. The book is probably a 3, but I'm giving it 3.5 stars because the audio narration ov ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
In Pandemic, a girl struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
According to goodreads 2 Stars means that this book was ok and it was. There are no major faults in the story I could point my finger at. To write that this book simply was not for me sounds so lame because normally I can pinpoint exactly the reasons why it didn’t appeal to me: too much focus on romance, stupid MC, love triangle, bad writing/dialogues, not enough
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't read many natural disaster stories (if you can call bird flu a natural disaster). I'm more of a zombie person. That being said, I really enjoyed Pandemic. I will definitely be reading more natural disaster stories in the future.

The writing of Pandemic was phenomenal. As someone who suffers from frequent anxiety attacks, I thought the author' portrayal of anxiety was extremely accurate. I have never had PTSD, or been through the situation that Lil goes through. However, I thought the au
Amalie Howard
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Official blurb:

"A suspenseful, authentic and emotional narrative makes PANDEMIC a gripping and powerful story. Lil is a wonderful and believable protagonist, dealing with both inner and outer demons, who rises to the challenge of survival despite everything and everyone she has lost. Riveting and terrifyingly real with moments of hope that shine through when you least expect it, PANDEMIC is one that will stay with you long after you read the last page."
Robin Henry
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spoiler-alert
Imagine a new flu virus that combines deadliness with speed of transmission. Imagine you are a girl with a few anxiety issues who might also be a germaphobe. Lily is a high school student whom we discover through the course of the novel, has suffered through being assaulted by everyone’s favorite teacher. As a result, she has some fears regarding personal contact. Add to that her father’s occupation as an editor for a magazine devoted to infectious disease, and you can see where this is going. T ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: 2020
If I had to write a very short review of this book it would be "wow". I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan of "stranded in a disaster/mother nature goes nuts" type of read (yes, I know its not an actual genre, but I just made it up LOL).

Pandemic is THE perfect read for anyone who is looking for that creepy yet hopeful plot line where you know that everything written on the page is VERY plausible, while, at the same time, hoping (praying) that it never actually happens to you and just b
☼Book her,   Danno☼
PANDEMIC is a quick, fun read. The word-smithing is very well done and young adults (and even some adults) that like the 'disaster' genre, and who are in the mood for a good light read, should enjoy this book.

PANDEMIC leans away from the action-adventure mold, and instead focuses on the practicalities of surviving, and teen concerns. There's the love triangle and a friend triangle, and Lil, the main character, must deal with the ramifications of the disaster and the feelings of her friends in th
Kate Ormand
A powerful story of hope and survival during a deadly outbreak. Lil’s feelings toward germs and illness and disaster make it all the more chilling when the blue flu actually hits. The outbreak scare was done brilliantly, building tension and keeping it up throughout the story. An unseen risk is sometimes the scariest, where a touch of a door handle or an exchange with a friend could kill. Lil’s losses were heartbreaking – I felt a lot for all the characters and didn’t want to lose any of them to ...more
Paula M
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite


I was on the verge of giving up on Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia books. But yes! Yes! Pandemic saved me. I had hope! My high expectation was reached! And just to let you know guys, I've read this while I was sick (I still am as I'm writing my review) So, as I progress on my reading, I don't want anything but to get better! The book felt insanely real that yes, I got paranoid. DO I HAVE THE FLU??

Well I hope not. I really hope not.

Lilianna. Lil suffered from a traumatic tragedy before the Pan
Kelly Hager
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was incredibly fun to read, once I got past the fact that (a) it was about a pandemic [OBVIOUSLY] that (b) started in Maryland [which is WHERE I LIVE] and (c) would probably kill me almost immediately. (For several reasons---I work in a newsroom, which is basically code for "germ pit" and also I would probably run out of food, like, immediately because I over-rely on delivery. And also the microwave so once the power goes out, I lose ability to feed myself.)

These types of books work ma
Angie Taylor
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love when I start a book and get totally lost in the story and lives of the characters. This usually happens when the writing is so good, that I can just enjoy the story and not think about the writing.
This is such an interesting story, and so believable. Sometimes when I watch movies about disease outbreaks, or read books about viruses spreading, it's hard for me to completely disregard my disbelief. But that was not the case with Pandemic.
Every detail, or relationship development, was so t
Bobbi Miller
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After surviving a horrific act of betrayal, teenager Lilianna suffers from post traumatic stress. Once the model student, she withdraws into a state of constant fear and hopelessness. Dressing in black becomes her outward expression of her inner turmoil. No longer the community activist, she barricades herself inside her home, hordes food and trusts no one—except her parents and her beloved BFF, Megs. As Lil struggles to find her way “back to life,” imminent danger presses upon her home and neig ...more
It's been a few months since everything that happened, and Lil is surviving as best she can. She still has her best friend (the other didn't believe her and dropped her), but also has anxieties and hoarding compulsions. But all that is useful when the few flu cases turn into an epidemic---and then that flu epidemic becomes a global pandemic. Lil's parents are stranded on separate business trips, and Lil is left alone, with her fears, to face the flu. And the looters. And the orphaned baby down t ...more
Thanks to Edelweiss and Sky Pony Press for access to this title.

While not the best written book I've ever read, this did create a great sense of foreboding and impending doom and was one I didn't want to put down. I would recommend it for those who liked Life as We Knew by Susan Betth Pfeffer. It makes you want to gather supplies and prepare for the worst.
Lilianna is your typical girl except she likes to be prepared and stock food and emergency things. Her father works in a place that deals with diseases etc. He often comes home with stories for her so she hears it all first hand. She wasnt always like this. She was a model student and happy go lucky girl but when a traumatizing thing happens to her she draws into herself. She becomes the person she is.

She hears on the news that a flu has shaken some parts of America. People are coming down with
Kathryn Svendsen
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, suspense, teen
Lil Snyder is a teenager with all the normal teenage issues and angst that comes with that period of life. But Lilianna has more to deal with than the average teen. She has recently gone through a traumatic event that only her parents a few others know about that has left her with significant anxiety issues. Her grades have dropped and she no longer the cheerful optimist she once was.

Now Lil has been left at home while her mom is traveling for work in Asia and her dad is at a conference in Delaw
Laura Thomas
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was much more than end of the world as we know it story.

Sure, there’s the mysterious illness that kills the majority of the world’s population. But, it’s more about a young teenager, Lilianna, and how she copes with everything that occurs.

The illness spreads globally at a fast pace. People are cut off from each. Communication is spotty and many don’t know if their loved ones survived.

Lilianna is home alone, coping with something disturbing that happened to her at school when it strikes. She
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sky Pony Press and Yvonne Ventresca*

A horrible event changes teenager Lilianna (Lil) from a model student to an anxious girl who smokes, skips classes and hordes canned goods.
Then when her parents are both away people suddenly start dying from a fast-acting flu. Will Lil lock herself inside her house or will she overcome her fears and help others who are struggling throughout the pandemic?

This was an enjoya
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for an honest review.

This is a YA pandemic adventure. It doesn't reach the levels of TEOTWAWKI, but a mutated H1N1 virus that mirrored the 1918 flu epidemic as far as disruption to 'normal' life goes.

The protagonist is a 16 year old young woman who is already having a rough time after being assaulted by a teacher and dealing with that and the normal pitfalls of being a teenager.

I do not want to give the story away, but I found it to be a realisti
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
No one knows the truth about what happened to Lilianna that day except for her parents, her two best friends, the police and her counselor. With her former life now dead, Lil dresses in black and shuts herself off from anything she used to do in the past. Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c... ...more
Brandi Kosiner
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read Pandemic because I am interesting in illnesses and if there is an epidemic what the backlash would be. I wanted to see a teen in this situation and how she would survive.

Lil has changed in the last few months, and we come in right before the illness starts to spread. She is smoking and stockpiling things in case something happens. Her dad is in the field of viruses and illnesses and her mom is a health watch dog. So, she has insight into preparation and prevention against pan
Dorine White
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Story-
Lil used to be a model student and all around fun girl, but something happened last year that changed everything, and only a handful of people know the truth. Lil is now finding it hard to keep her grades up and has withdrawn from her old friends. Plus, she now has the urge to prepare for different possibilities, including emergency survival and food storage.

It seems like Lil's worst fears are coming true when people in her community begin to get sick, and eventually die. With both he
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
For its audience, pretty good. Since I read it right on the heels of an adult epidemic thriller, it was interesting to compare the two. Without any self aggrandizing, this author clearly did her research too, but didn't make the reader suffer through boring details.

The first thing you notice about the book is how physically ugly it is. Try not to hold it against the book. I've run across this small press's books before, and I always think they're self published because they look so bad, but in f
Christina C.x
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Chloe Chang
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Lake County Public Library
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Recommended by Beth at Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch, particularly for fans of Ashfall.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eerily relevant. Yikes. It was written 6 years ago, but felt like it could have been written about our current situation.
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Yvonne Ventresca writes novels for teens that explore themes of trust, deception, and betrayal. Her latest young adult novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES (Sky Pony Press, 2016) won a National IPPY Gold Medal for YA fiction in 2017. Justine Magazine said "This one will keep you guessing" and according to BuzzFeed, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES "definitely won't disappoint."

Yvonne's debut YA novel, PANDEM

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