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Fire Will Fall

(Streams of Babel #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  76 reviews
ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion under twenty-four-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, U.S. operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime, as two teen ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aaron
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it
In Streams of Babel, the book that preceeds this volume, Plum-Ucci introduced readers to a series of teens pulled into the center of the War on Terror. Four teens (among others) living in a s small New Jersey town named Trinity are infected in with a bio-engineered virus that causes widespread illness and even the death of two of their mothers. The Trinity Four, as they have become known in the press, have become stabilized and have been moved to live on a small estate in a New Jersey coastal ...more
Yvonne Powderly
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't know until lately that this is the sequel to Streams of Babel. This novel stands by itself, but for greater interest you probably should read the first.
The story is told in alternating chapters which is a downer for me. I lose track of what's happening or if I don't like a character I resent reading about them too much; if I like a character I want to skip over to they parts where he/she is featured. Anyway, this is not my kind of format.
The story: Trinity Falls' water supply was
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Alison
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I was handed this ARC with the directive: "Read this, I really want to know what you think." Someone knows how to woo me!


I had never heard of Carol Plum-Ucci before, but she's on my radar now!

A New Jersey resident, and Young Adult author, Plum-Ucci has been the recipient of countless awards, including, but not limited to, the Michael L. Printz Honor, Edgar Allan Poe Award, ALA's Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults, and Amazon Editor's #1 Choice in Young Literature. She has had great success with
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Carl J.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Didn't read 1st book, but still very good, June 2, 2012

I received this book from a friend. Upfront, I'll just say I didn't read the first book in the series. Not intentional. The book does a good job of keeping things fresh while bringing in backstory. Not sure how much of it would've been rehash. In any case, as a standalone, a good read.

Some people won't like the alternating points of view (Scott, Owen, Cora, and Rain), but I didn't mind. It took a bit of getting used to, of course. The story
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Christina
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

Spoilers are hidden in here. Just, FYI.

Wow. I love this story line. I want to read more, even though I know their story has ended. I was only a little disappointed, mainly because Scott was being a jerk and Cora wouldn't stop crying. I'd like to know what happened next, like what did Rain name her child? and what happens between Scott and Cora? and whatever happened to Tyler and Shahzad? and did Rain's son/daughter have Q3?
I was so engrossed with Scott's and Cora's complicated romance of
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DeWayne Schooley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Matthew Trieu
Oct 10, 2017 is currently reading it
So, I couldn't find the questions but I presume they go something like this
1) why did you choose the book?
2) do you any previous knowledge regarding the author or series?

And my Answer:

I chose the book because reading the little intro on the inside of the front cover sounded interesting. It is about a biochemical weapon that went off, and the most affected four "Trinity Four" are living in isolation. Meanwhile the government is tracking down who released the weapon, and "ShadowStrike" the bad
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Poobalan
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: others
slow moving. teens stuff.
Brianna Brosnan
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
-What did you think about the book? Why?
I thought the book was a very good read. I took a long time to read it because I wanted to space it out because it was an interesting read. Fire Will Fall was not as predictable as I thought it would be, except for how the couples were going to be. I always knew Rain and Owen were going to be together.. And even though Cora was hard to get, she finally gets with Scott in the end. However, one of the Shadowstrike agents completely caught me off guard
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Hannah
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Let me start out by saying that I love Carol Plum-Ucci, she's one of my favorite authors. But, despite my common love for her works, I found myself at odds with Fire Will Fall.

What did I like?
I loved the guy characters. They were hilarious, and they had strong character development. I especially loved Shazdad and Tyler; they were my peeps.
I also liked how the book has an anti-abortion message.

What did I dislike?
Pretty much everything else.
The female characters were weak, both in personality and
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Lyn
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This sequel to Streams of Babel is once again told in the alternating voices of the Trinity Four. These are the four teenagers who drank water poisoned by bioterrorists. They're out of the hospital now, but still in critical health.

Although they are told they are in no danger from the remaining terrorists still at large, they are now housed in a historical mansion owned by the state of New Jersey and guarded by the U.S. Intelligence Coalition. While they cope with the physical and psychological
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
What a great read. FIRE WILL FALL was just great fun, although I have to complain a little about it keeping me up too late at night. In fact, the tension was so great at one point that I had to resolve not to read the book too close to bedtime because it was freaking me out.

The story is a follow-up to a previous book --Streams of Babel-- that I haven't read, but which I am definitely going to track down. It's principally about 4 teenagers who are recovering from a poisoning that took place in
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Beverly
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12-16 year olds
Fire Will Fall is the sequel to Streams of Babel which I did not read, but the story was still easy to follow and enough background was provided to set a suspenseful tone and conflict. The series is about a group of teens who survived a bioterrorist attack on the NY/NJ water system, and the two teen hackers who were respnsible for discovering the identity of those terrorists. In Fire Will Fall the sick teens are in hiding receiving 24 hour medical care and protection. Doctors are hoping to keep ...more
Courtney Howell
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
As with all of Carol Plum Ucci's books, it was fabulous, with well-developed characters and intriguing plot lines. The really impressive part of it is that I picked up the book off the shelf assuming it was a novel; everything I've ever read by Plum-Ucci has been a stand alone novel. It wasn't until I was over halfway through the book that I took a peek at the back of the book and realized it was actually a sequel to Streams of Babel. Never once in reading the book did I feel like I was missing ...more
Candace Hinnergardt
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm not entirely sure where to begin in reviewing this book. I guess I can start with the pros and see where that leads me.

Pros:
-less cussing; at least now the author doesn't seem to be arbitrarily throwing curse words in there for the sake of throwing them in there
-it focused more on the recovery than the terrorism aspect (though I consider this is both a pro and con because you get to see a different side of the story but for other reasons this wasn't the smartest move which I will discuss
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Cherylann
Plum-Ucci creates a frightening version of our world that hits close to home. Fire Will Fall is the sequel to Streams of Babel. I was fortunate to be able to read them back to back, which maybe wasn't a good thing. The books are heavy and dark and emotionally draining. Set in South Jersey in the spring/summer of 2002, Fire Will Fall deals with the aftermath of 6 teens who were victims of bioterrorism. I like that Plum-Ucci sets the novel in the past, close to 9-11. After talking to my students ...more
Bethany
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Trinity Falls' water supply was infected with a virus when bioterrorists attacked it two months earlier. In the aftermath of the attack, the 4 teens who were the most affected by the virus are moved to a big mansion so that their health can be watched more closesly. Plagued by symtoms and emotional scars from the attack on Trinity Falls, they have to try and get along with each other. To make things worse, the bioterrorists might just try to come back and finish the job. Will the teens recover ...more
Cornmaven
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school
I really liked this story about bioterrorism, teens, and growing up with a lot of baggage. The writing was mostly well done, characterization well done. I felt the dialogue between the teens, especially some of the very candid conversations they had about sex were pretty typical for today's teens.

However, there were parts where I felt the dialogue went on too long and interferred with the story's progression. There were parts when the teens were thinking, or saying, things in a much more
...more
Jenee Rager
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dystopian
I had read "Streams of Babel" and thought it was okay, but I don't have the ability to NOT read the second book in a series, so I had to read this one. I found it to be a much better book, and could pretty much stand alone if a reader chose to skip "Streams of Babel." The plot moved a lot faster, yet realistically in this book in my opinion. And there was lots of Tyler, who is probably my favorite character in the series so that was a good thing. My only complaints are that Owen is almost a ...more
Katrina
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All Teens
Shelves: fiction, teen
I didn't like this book quite as much as Streams of Babel, I think because there wasn't as much action. Streams of Babel kept you on your toes where Fire Will Fall is a little more introspective the there is enough tension and twists to keep you reading.

This story picks up right where book one ended and does of nice job of deepening the characters, especially Cora. I still really liked Shahzad's voice and Tyler is fun too.

This story is almost plausible and I like that Plum-Ucci wrote about a
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Susan
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all - mystery, terrorism, spies, computer hackers and international conspiracies. It will make you question how well our government can protect us from those who really want to do us harm. Fire will Fall is the sequel to Carol Plum-Ucci's Streams of Babel and makes us think about the threats to the US in a post-911 world. Shadowstrike is an extremist group with plans to poison the water and have as many Americans "die like mangy dogs". A young pakistani computer hacker finds out ...more
Miss
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So im going to go politcal in this reveiw and give you my pros and cons for this book.

Pros:
They killed the demonic terroist.
They found a cure for the "fanastic four"s disease.
Cora and Scott became a couple.
Cora find out who her dad is (kind of in a sense).
Owen and Rain gets to "third base and slides home"!
Rains pregnet with Owens child.

Cons:
Owen dies.
Rain might die giving birth to Owens unborn child.
Cora never will find her dad.
Owen Dies!
Other side characters die.
I cied while reading this book.
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Catalina
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this sequel so much, I think I liked it better than the first book. Fire will fall follows the teens as they make the safe house into a home. Of course that becomes a problem when the terrorsits find out where they are and want them all dead. The kids suspect there is someone on the inside spying for them and maybe working towards killing them off, but of course the adults won't hear any of it.. We also revisit the pakistani boy whose name i still forget. But now he has a companion, the ...more
Mariah
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mariah by: a_readers_adventure@yahoo.com
Shelves: arc, 2010
Let me first say that I want to be a Biomedical Engineer when I grow up so I was really excited to read this book, I had not read the first book but I figured it would be ok, and I could catch up as I went along. While I was able to understand what was going on for the most part, I was really, really board.

I am not sure whether the first book was more interesting, but this book had too much whining for me, and even though I came to care about the characters, I could not really get into it. Maybe
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Z
Jun 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I didn't expect Streams of Bable to have a sequel, and thus I wasn't sure what to expect when I read this book. In the end, it was all right. I found some of the different plot threads hard to square with one another, and I didn't always find the relationships between the characters believable, or even the characters themselves believable, for that matter, but there were a few characters I really liked, and they made up for it. The end seemed unnecessary to me in several different ways. It could ...more
Heather
The characters' personalities weren't consistent, and the terrorists were dumber than bricks. Honestly, who puts that kind of info out there unless they want to be found? Those terrorists were busy discussing things they already knew (and didn't need to discuss!) in chat rooms just to help the v-spies? Or perhaps simply to further the plot, eh?
I was really caught up in this book, but the last quarter just kind of fizzled. By the end, I didn't really like any of the Trinity 4 anymore. I am
...more
Ken Cabanilla
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Sadly, I didn't know this was a sequel. So I was confused to start the book. The down side, this book in my opinion lacks action. I love books with action. It leaned more on the drama between infected teenagers which made me become disinterested. The upside the book showed a lot of voice and communication. The teenagers work together to capture the bioterrorists. They begin looking online and there challenge only gets harder. In the end I recommend this book to readers who have read the first. ...more
StorySnoops
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fire Will Fall is the engrossing sequel to Streams of Babel, a bioterrorism thriller set in New Jersey six months after 9/11. This suspenseful read continues the story of six richly developed teen characters and is filled with interesting discussion material. Each character continues to evolve while coping with the trauma and aftermath of being poisoned. Owen, who was born contemplating the meaning of life, has a spiritual awakening. Convinced that the next life has to be better this one... ...more
Lindsey
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really loved this book. I hated that Owen had to die, but I was overjoyed that Carol had Cora and Scott end up together. Carol is such an unusual writer that I couldn't predict what was going to happen, but that also made the book so enjoyable. I really wish she hadn't left such a big cliff hanger at the end. We don't know what is going ti happen to Rain and her baby or if Scott will join USIC. Wish she would give us more info but I don't think she had enough stuff to work with to write a ...more
Nancy
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
In this sequel to Streams of Babel, the Trinity Four have been moved to a remote location to keep them
safe. The teens are still suffering after effects of the terrorist attack that killed others. The kids are famous now with their faces all over the television and even in People magazine. So they need to be careful to stay out of sight since the terrorists are still active. They are planning a new attack. I loved the first book so it is hard to live up to that.
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Carol Plum-Ucci is a young adult novelist and essayist. Plum-Ucci’s most famous work to date is The Body of Christopher Creed, for which she won a Michael L. Printz Award in 2002 and was named a finalist to the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Describing her subjects as "the most common, timeless, and most heart-felt teenagers," Plum-Ucci is widely recognized for her use of the South Jersey shore to set ...more

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