by Jeff Hirsch
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving. the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.
The Good Stuff
- Realistically dark and intense yet has a hopeful message within
- Has a bit of The Road/The Stand feeling to it
- Stephen is an intriguing character, you often understand his actions even if you don't agree with them
- This is a good story for those boys who really just don't enjoy reading - fast paced, intense and violent (nothing too graphic though)
- Doesn't drag too much which was perfect for my state of mind while reading
- Nice to see some light moments amidst the darkness
- Teens that act like teens - not like mini adults - refreshing
- For reluctant readers the little glimpses of back story are fabulous (I wanted a bit more, but I think these types of books are brilliant for engaging kids who dislike reading)
- Realistic post-apocalyptic setting - very believable
The Not So Good Stuff
- I really didn't like Jenny -- found her unpleasant and selfish
- Did I mention how much I disliked Jenny - Stephen could do so much better
" When I was in med school," she explained. "one of my teachers told me that my only job was to treat the patient in front of me. He said I couldn't change the world, I could just treat what's in front of me."
"Grandpa had told me a hundred times that life wasn't fair and that expecting it to be was for fools.'
"Because there was a time when people helped each other," she said. '"And that made the world a little bit better. Not perfect, but better. We'd like to think we can have that time back."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect for the reluctant reader
- A fab story for classroom discussion
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review