Friday, September 16, 2011

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

The Eleventh Plague takes place twenty years after the Collapse of civilization. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his father are salvagers and walk across the country trying to salvage anything of value that can be exchanged for food and other necessities.

Stephen's dad is badly injured and Stephen must, for the first time, decide who he can trust himself; he has no one else to rely on. He needs help badly, his father will die without it, but he also doesn't want to be taken by the Slavers.

Stephen and his father end up in Settler's Landing, where Stephen finds, for the first time he can remember, a world full of families, barbeques, school, and baseball games. But can he trust the people here? Can he trust Jenny, a girl he meets in Settler's Landing?

This is a great story because the plot revolves around Stephen and the people he meets instead of gory fights and battles (although there is some violence and disturbing images.)

I think middle schoolers who liked Hunger Games will love this book. It's a faster read that has adventure, plot twists-and-turns, and even some romance.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting book and nicely written review. Definitely a book you can read any time, any place.