Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Loners by Lex Thomas

Series: Quarantine (bk. 1)

Genera: Sci-fi/Dystopian

Subjects: Schools, quarantine, viruses, diseases, survival, gangs

Age/Grade Level: Older Teens (recommend 16+)

Length: 404 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Egmont

Summary/ product description: ““As original as The Hunger Games, set within the walls of a high school exactly like yours.” – Kami Garcia, New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels
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.
In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.
"Take Michael Grant's Gone and Veronica Roth's Divergent, rattle them in a cage until they're ready to fight to the death, and you'll have something like this nightmarish debut...Thomas' whirlwind pace, painful details, simmering sexual content, and moments of truly shocking ultra-violence thrust this movie-ready high school thriller to the head of the class." - Booklist (starred review)”

My Rating: êêê1/2

My Review: This book was similar to a lot of books I’ve read, but also very unique. It would have been a very good book if it weren’t for the disgusting parts, where I gag when I pictured them. I think the white hair and dyed hair gangs were interesting. I know that I would definitely be in the art Geeks, so I’d have to dye my hair black. The beginning happened to fast though. Why did the explosion happen first thing in the morning, on the first day of school? Couldn’t it wait a few periods? The author needed to slow things down a bit, and why skip to a year later? Because that’s when there’re little society is fully running? I enjoyed this book, but it was definitely missing some this. It had action, world building, characters, but it’s just missing something.

This book was similar to the following books (if you’ve read and liked them, you may like this book). The Gone novels by Michael Grant, Lord of the Flies, No Safety in Numbers, Monument 14, This is Not a Test, The Hunger Games series. Books about quarantine or teens surviving on their own.

Cover Art Review: I really like this cover. That science class is totally destroyed! They must have put a lot of work into making this What an awesome mess!

~Haley G

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