Review: Quarantine: The Saints

Apr •  17 •  2014

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Quarantine: The SaintsQuarantine: The Saints by Lex Thomas
Published by EgmontUSA on July 9, 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian
Source: Edelweiss, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...

McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

Imagine being stuck in a school with different clicks and the only thing on your mind is surviving, and if that means killing someone to get food, you will do just that. Lex Thomas does a marvelous job in taking me back into the world of Quarantine and giving me a new definition of the word saint.

This book was intense. I can even say graphic. The book propelled me to keep reading to see what would happen next, where would Will go, what about Lucy, and above all ponder the thought of them escaping. The Saints is a novel that gives a whole new definition to the dystopian world. Full of action, love, fighting, and all the stuff a high school contains but on a much lesser scale.

Will is struggling keeping the Loners together and finally things fall completely apart leaving Will all by himself. He is forced to join a new group called the Saints and I feel that we see somewhat of a new character emerge from Will. I feel that Will is someone who misses his brother and is going through probably what a normal boy is going through after ending a relationship; he wants to be included. Will goes through some changes but by the end of the novel, we start seeing his original self. Lucy on the other hand, gets a full makeover when joining her new group. She goes through different trials that push her to her limit but, like Will, knows who she is and what she wants. Lastly, Gates, I knew he was special. I thought that he was missing a couple bolts and sure enough we see his true colors by the end of the novel. I am curious to see where these characters go in the next book.

The romance is weird and I do not want to go much into it because of the degree. I feel that Lucy and Will belong with each other and sometimes peer pressure can make you things that you regret and that goes for everyone. I am curious where this relationship builds up to in the next book as well as other small relationships that I can foresee happening.

The ending was a complete shocker and I am dying to start the next book. I am both scared and excited to see where Lex Thomas will take me and what will happen to these characters that have become a part of my life.

Overall Lex Thomas has taken the idea of clicks in high school to a whole different level and has left me wanting more. The last installment is next and I am excited to see where Quarantine will take me next.

I give it 5 bites!





  1. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Apr 17, 2014

    I remember seeing this book around on Netgalley but wasn’t really interested in it seeing as it was book 2 in a series, but I think I’ll give it a go as soon as I get some time.

    It sounds pretty interesting. Great review!

  2. Candace
    Apr 17, 2014

    Books like this are so compelling, but so stressful! It’s like I can’t glance away for even a moment, but at the same time I can hardly keep reading cause it’s so dark. Glad you loved it!