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Eleventh Plague Paperback – 1 September 2012
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- Publisher : Scholastic Paperbacks (1 September 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545290155
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545290159
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.82 x 1.47 x 20.35 cm
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Stephen Quinn is a 15 year old boy who was born after the war. He is surviving as a scavenger with his grandfather and dad by collecting miscellaneous items of small value to trade. Multiple tragedies strike and change Stephen's life drastically. He has to decide the path his life will take. Will he become a builder and a thinker, a scavenger or a destroyer? He has to decide his own path to live his life....
A very good story that is well written and could easily be made into a good movie. It is about a young boy being forced to grow up quickly in a world reborn from the remains of the old way of life. The storyline is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's book "The Road", but this story has its own merits. I have read both books and enjoyed them equally.
This book can easily be made into a sequel of the life Stephen lives and how the world redevelops. The balance of the world is yet to be explored to determine the state of civilization and mankind as a whole. It will be interesting how this new author, Jeff Hirsch, develops and releases his next book. Is it a continuation of this story or a new concept all together? Regardless of what he writes he has good potential and I hope he hits another home run!
This book is really a 4 1/2 star ranking but I am forced to choose 4 or 5 stars. I enjoyed this book and I believe you will also!
The things that dropped this from a mediocre three to a give-me-a-break two were the constant inconsistencies. In one scene the author has the character drop his knife as he's dragged away from a scene, and two minutes later he gripping his knife in anger. The school bell rings (I'm pretty darn sure those run on electrical signals), and he drops his rifle in the mud rendering it "useless until he can clean it" according to him, then fires it shortly thereafter.
I was also really unhappy with the way that the main character, who was born after the collapse, seemed to have an intimate and familiar understanding of everything from casinos (he could even name all the game tables!) to what exactly a McDonald's is and how a roller coaster might feel to ride. I would imagine that if you went into deep Africa or the Amazon to explain these things, the people there would not "get it" no matter how well you explained. Just like a kid born into a post-apocalyptic world should not instinctively be able to step up to an arcade game and pretend to play. Sorry, not buying it.