Review: Quarantine: The Loners
Published by EgmontUSA on July 10, 2012
Genres: Young Adult-Science Fiction/Dsytopian
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It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.
A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.
I remember reading the back of this book and the one thing I remember is welcome to high school. The ideas of clicks reminded me of when I used to go to high school and I would walk into the cafeteria and there was everyone sitting in their designated area. I still think, sometimes, where I would sit but I just remember me hanging out in the library the whole time, so I guess that would make me a “Nerd.” I was excited to see where these two author would take the book.
This book was another fast-paced read for me. I loved how the plot developed over the entire book. I do not know, if I am the only one to find it a little hard that the government would not do much for these kids but after getting through the book, it became more and more believable. This book produced multiple occurrences of goosebumps and contains bone-chilling scenes that made me stop and think that survival of the fittest is actually real when it comes to kids.
David and Will are the first brother characters I have read in a book lately and I feel they have all the kinks down to being relatable to readers who may have an older or younger brother. I know for me, this is sometimes how I feel. I feel that David has the right to protect his little brother but there are times in the book where the roles are reverse. However, I feel that being a freshman in high school, Will is not at that level of maturity and we are seeing that in book. However, I feel that there is a change about him, as he realizes that his brother is not there anymore to protect him or be in charge of things, so the role falls to him.
The romance is all over the place for me in the book. With the one girl cheating on someone for another guy, or one guy thinking this girl likes him but in reality likes someone else. I just knew these little romance clicks in the book were going to get sticky and it leaves me thinking in how good I don’t have a girlfriend, because girls can be crazy. No offense girls.
Overall this book was a great start in a amazing series. I am looking forward to the next book and see what happens with David, Will, and Lucy. Will they ever be rescued? Will the government find a cure for the students still left in the high school? Lex Thomas are authors that bring a novel that is worth reading. However, like the authors told me…Read with the light on.
I give this book 4 bites!