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School's Out

(The Afterblight Chronicles #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  20 reviews
It's never easy being fifteen, but when your teachers are killing each other, the prefect who loves to bully you is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town have decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and body-odour don't seem like such big problems after all. These are the final days of St Marks School For Boys, and the pun ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Abaddon Books (Rebellion) (first published 2007)
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Adrian Faulkner
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd met Scott at the SFX weekender and decided to check out one of his novels. I have to be honest and say that teenage dystopian fiction isn't my cup of tea but this was well written (the fight scenes especially) such that by the time I'd got to the end of the book I was really glad I'd read it.
C.J. Mugleston
Wow. Just... wow. This book... absolutely amazing. This guy can truly write and write well. I sat down roughly six hours ago to start reading this novel and soared through every page to the end in one sitting. It's a glorious exploration of friendship, school life, survival and the darkest corners of human nature, also trying to resist that nature. A must read.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story that starts off with our hero returning to his private school following a virus that kills off anyone without the 'O' blood group that is the core factor in this series of books, about different situations, by different authors.

Upon his return Lee finds the headmaster has killed himself - leading to one of the best opening lines of a book I've read in a long time - leaving the school in the hands of a wannabe military teacher, the likeable matron, and, most scary of all, the former
Cels Piñol
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
He empezado la saga por este libro y me ha encantado. Está muy bien escrito y perfectamente estructurado. Me recuerda a las novelas de terror tipo 'pulp' que leía de pequeño, pero con una narrativa muy pulcra. Hay capítulos para enmarcar.
Brad Theado
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prepper-fiction, 2013
What a great book. Action packed, great characters, good pacing. Loved it!
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good if violent account reminds me of the first time I read "Lord of the Flies."
Andrew Martin
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn good, read the trilogy in about five days.
Helena Sheibler
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent. A relatable "Lord of the flies" with a healthy dose of humor.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The dystopian genre has been a big draw for me lately and this book did very well in appeasing my craving.

A pandemic has elimanated anyone without O negative blood. Leaving behind a motley & varied reduced population. The story centers around a boy's boarding school where the lead character, Lee, attends. He and others make their way back there in the hopes of finding safe haven with others and safe grounds too.

Of course it doesn't turn out as planned. The battles for survival are colorful wit
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This British post-apocalyptic novel is a real gem! It's been a long time since I've been sucked into a story the way I was with this book. I read once that there are no new plots, only variations on a theme. I tend to agree. It's variations like this that keep me reading. Apparently a virus has wiped out a goodly number of the English population. This first person novel explains the survival of a fifteen year old boy. The style, the story, the questions that are asked about survival make this no ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Not really what I was hoping for, but enjoyable and fairly well-written nonetheless. I thought it would be more reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies," concentrating on the relationships between the boys in the school. It has, however, a pretty standard post-apocalyptic plot, cannibals included. Still, "School's Out" is a good meditation on leadership and morality, which provides some much needed substance to an oft mindless genre. Knowing that it's a conventional story, I'm not sure how likely I am ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bloody, violent, funny; a post-apocalyptic world, totally broken down society, schoolboys with weapons, weird religious fanatics, locals who think they're judge, jury, & executioner - this book has it all in an addictive, pacey tale. What stops it from having four stars? The constant, repetitious angst about killing and not wanting too - I understood the character by the third period of angst! After that it could have been more subtly conveyed & more given over to the story. A great read though; ...more
Purple Osprey
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm trying to imagine somebody who would love this book, it would have to be true connoisseur of unrealistic cartoonish Tom and Jerry style violence.
Never mind the actual violence, but did it have to be so silly as well? For instance, at the end of the book - how come there's still so many people left alive and able to move around?
Plot is unoriginal, add all the TV induced cliches and oh fuck it I'm not bothered with this review.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, ya
I rarely see books like this. Young kids taking on the end of the world with bullets. The main character takes some punishment that even Rambo couldn't shrug off, but so what?

My only gripe is this. Americans don't call Brits 'Limey.' I know that because I was in the Army and worked alongside the British.
Oh, and they don't call Americans 'yanks.' Grunts from any country are Jedi masters of shit talking.
David Brady
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutal and awesome.

Lee has survived the Cull and now he's back at school. Apart from a little bit of homework, he's has to deal with psychopathic class mates, tweed wearing Daily Mail reading magistrate with an urge to kill and blood-soaked cannibals. Being a teenager has just got a lot harder....
Tris bridger
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly good. The front cover is so bad, that I thought the inside would be just as bad. Guess I now know why you shortened judge a book by its cover. This is now one of my favorite stories, and it is all because of Lee. That boy has taught me more than all my year's in school.
Ryan Crampton
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Occasionally i like to slum it with some low brow cheap thrills and with a Blurb like that who wouldn't want to read it. If you like the sound of the description then it'll most likely satisfy. A surprisingly good read.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
very grim

An action-packed, shoot-'em-up post-apocalyptic story that manages to be as exciting as an action movie, but without intellectual vacancy.
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Scott K. Andrews has written episode guides, magazine articles, film and book reviews, comics, computer games, audio plays for Big Finish, far too many blogs, some poems you will never read, and a whole bunch of novels. He's online at ...more

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