The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague

Book - 2011
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Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed. Uncorrected proof
ISBN: 9780545290142
0545290147
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 279 pages ;,21 cm

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kirstd31 Oct 07, 2015

This book did not have enough action to keep my attention. The main character was boring. There are so many better books to read in this genre.

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danomcd
Apr 13, 2015

This was basically a book about nothing. You can essentially sum up the entire story in 5 minutes and then you wonder why it took the author so long to tell it. I also never really got a sense for the world that they were suppose to be living in nor really understood how Stephen could possibly keep making such bad mistakes without learning from them - also "really? you live on the road fighting for your life each day and you can't fight nor shoot AT ALL????"

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sunshinegirl1
Sep 28, 2014

It's a very...interesting read, to say the least. I really makes you wonder....now I have a passion for canned pears. :)

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

At first this book came across as a far less depressing version of "The Road," which might have actually been pretty cool. But then it firmly rooted itself in the settlement and its stock cast of characters -- the Bible-quoting megalomaniac, the rebellious girl, the bland friend -- and my interest nose-dived. The book pays lip service to the tenuous uncertainty of a post-apocalyptic settlement -- but unlike "The Road" or "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," it doesn't really back that up with actual, narrative tension. Also, our protagonist, Stephen doesn't have enough of a personality to make me interested in what happens to him.

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Kewashere
Jun 01, 2013

This book was amazing!! I can totally relate with Stevie (Stephen) throughout his whole troubles and life changing events he indured. The ending was not one that I expected would happen, but that isn't a bad thing. It was actually a better ending than I thought it was going to be, you know with the time place and setting. This book is a must read is very spectacular in a fictional futuristic sort of way, but hopefully the world doesn't turn out the way. That would be a sight to see in real life right? :)

1palmersar Mar 25, 2013

At first I really didn't like this book, but as I got farther it became better and better. It looks at what our world might become in the next 100 years. Fighting for our lives because of the lack of supplies.

JewelMcLatchy Dec 24, 2012

I would have given this 4 stars because right up until the last few chapters, it was quite good. It's not a great novel because there are a lot of details that didn't get really explained and could have stood being fleshed out more than the author did. I also felt the ending wasn't spectacular and that things could have gone a bit longer - seemed like he decided the book was long enough, so that was a good place to end. All in all, the good parts reminded me somewhat of the (cancelled) tv show Jericho while the meh parts reminded me of the new fall 2012 Global show Revolution (which will hopefully be cancelled).

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Ace_E360
Oct 31, 2011

Honestly? Its really not the best book out there. Its fluffy and funny, mostly because it tries too hard not to be. The characters are absolute, either all good, all bad, or plain douches (into which category the main character falls; He's just a little self centered and he comes across as a would-be bully.) The situation is, frankly, more than a little ridiculous. I mean, really? Biological warfare wipes out all of America and there's no international relief effort? I'm skeptical.

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1palmersar Mar 25, 2013

1palmersar thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

After the Collapse civilization fell apart due to war and a virulent plague called P-11. In this bleak setting, Stephen has been traveling with his father and grandfather, scavenging useful items and trading them to surviving settlements -- trying to avoid slavers and bandits. When Stephen's grandfather dies and his father is terribly injured in an accident, he ends up being taken in by one of the settlements. Can he make a home there? Or will he light the fuse to tear the settlement apart?

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