Quarantine: The Saints - YA Review by Simon D-S

Reader: Simon D-S
Age: 12
Title: Quarantine: The Saints (Book Two)
Author: Lex Thomas
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pub Date: 07/07/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I felt like like Lex Thomas really excelled at using sensory detail in this book. I could see every crack in the wall, feel the humidity in every room, and hear sound crystal clear. The plot was good and able to keep readers interested in the story, but I felt that the author could have added a little more... something to separate this book from the rest.
Memorable or Forgettable:  I enjoyed the author's dark creativity. For instance, in one scene, an enemy chases the main character with a punching spike made of a broom handle and a corkscrew like object. Some other examples are a machete with a cardboard sheath, a dress fastened with paperclips, or a bedroom made out of a wrecked school bus. I also enjoyed the politics between and within gangs. Some examples are when leaders are overthrown, or when gang leaders try to manipulate each other.
Cover: Yes, the cover did tempt me to pick the book up. It also reflected the gritty aspect of the book, with an overturned school bus, smashed glass, and shadowy figures.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags: science fiction / dystopian / high school / ya lit

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