October 27, 2011

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsh: Review

Publisher: Scholastic Books (September 1, 2011)
ARC: 288 Pages
Genre: YA Dystopian
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From Goodreads.The wars that followed The Collapse nearly destroyed civilization. Now, twenty years later, the world is faced with a choice—rebuild what was or make something new.

Stephen Quinn, a quiet and dutiful fifteen-year-old scavenger, travels Post-Collapse America with his Dad and stern ex-Marine Grandfather. They travel light. They keep to themselves. Nothing ever changes. But when his Grandfather passes suddenly and Stephen and his Dad decide to risk it all to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down. With his father terribly injured, Stephen is left alone to make his own choices for the first time.

Stephen’s choices lead him to Settler's Landing, a lost slice of the Pre-Collapse world where he encounters a seemingly benign world of barbecues, baseball games and days spent in a one-room schoolhouse. Distrustful of such tranquility, Stephen quickly falls in with Jenny Tan, the beautiful town outcast. As his relationship with Jenny grows it brings him into violent conflict with the leaders of Settler's Landing who are determined to remake the world they grew up in, no matter what the cost

Review by Jess
THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE, by Jeff Hirsh follows a young boy who was born after the collapse of the world as we know it and trying to find his way through the ruins of what used to be. Full of hardship and determination this book is a pretty quick read!

My expectations for this novel were high after seeing that Susanne Collins gave a blurb about it and I wasn't disappointed! I am a big dystopian fan and was eager to read this, and it was different. I was kind of expecting it to be about a bunch of people dying from a plague but Hirsh really focused on the aftermath and presented it in such an interesting way.

Stephen as a character was great. I think was really caught my eye was his love for his dad. His dad slips into a coma after an accident, and he just really wants to take care of him, and this community takes him in. A very NORMAL community, and I really like the idea of the community, I could see it so clearly in my head.

I wont lie, I love myself a good heroine...but I was glad for the change up with a male protagonist. Nowadays it is mostly girl main characters (and that's definitely not a bad thing! :] ) but Hirsh gave a us a strong teenage boy to lead us in his adventures and hardships! I was very impressed by that.

I look forward to more from Jeff Hirsh and I highly recommend this book, especially for dystopian lovers!

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