Author: Lex Thomas
Published July 9th 2013 by EgmontUSA
Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Print ARC via Publisher
Genre: Apocalyptic > Thriller > Horror
Reading Level: Young Adult
A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints contunues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.
Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...
McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.
As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.
The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.
For the last two years I have been a huge fan of Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic books. I love seeing different author's takes on what would happen if something were to cause the world as we know it to end or change dramatically. I have been toying with the idea to read Quarantine: The Lones for sometime now. I would see it at B&N or my local library often. I would pick it up, peek inside, but never gave it a chance. "Maybe later" I would tell myself. So when I was offered by Egmont USA & mmpublicity to read both books for review I jumped at the chance. Let me tell you I now literally shake my head disappointment for not reading this series sooner.
Quarantine: The Saints is the second book in the series so if you haven't read the first novel I advise you there may be some slight spoilers but nothing to big. I promise.
Quarantine: The Saints picks up directly after Quarantine: The Loners ended. The kids at McKinley High have been trapped inside their school for many, many months. An outbreak of a deadly virus has killed most all adults leaving teens who have yet to hit puberty carrying the virus within them. Deadly and Dangerous, the kids at McKinley High have been forbidden to leave. Until finally the door is now open and EVERYONE is more than ready to escape the living hell that is the school. This does not come easy, of course. As Will and Lucy (two of the main characters) attempt to walk out to freedom a bus comes plowing towards them blocking the way. At this event a new group of kids are introduced into the story. They call themselves THE SAINTS. The name comes from a different school who also contracted the virus but was able to escape only to find there way to McKinley High. After the kids at McKinley High come to realise that the virus has spread further than just their school, two adults wearing protective gear come into the picture. A woman and a man, both claiming life outside the school is more deadly than inside. The goverment wants to kill every last kid affected by the virus. Having no way out the "school gangs" continue to fight for survival once again only this time things are different. Sam is no longer the head of Varsity. David is free, and hopefully alive, "the loners" are no more. This new group of kids, The Saints will come to chance everything. Will Lucy and Will ever escape to freedom or be trapped forever?
I know I was kind of vague about the happening in book 2 but only because if I said anymore I would be spoiling the first book for those who haven't read it. There was so much going on in this story. So many new characters and things happening all at once really gave the story so much more depth and excitement. A definite page turner. One of many expects I loved about the book was the slow-building romance between Will and Lucy. At times they showed such hatred for each other and then others they were madly in love. The events leading up to Will and Lucy finally coming together towards the end makes the story much more charismatic. I also really loved how action packed the book is. There was fighting (or course), hazing, and much more in depth detail of the characters lives within the walls of McKinley High.
The only reason I did not give the book a solid 5 stars is because there were a few very rather graphic part in the book (turned my stomach). Younger children or Tweens should read this series at your own risk.
Author Lex Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies) has yet again written a read worthy novel. This team of authors works perfect together. Their writing style is flawless and super fast-paced. The Quarantine series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I CANNOT wait until book 3 come out in Summer of 2014 (...sooooo far away....*cries*...) The ending will leave the readers at a "OMG" cliffhanger.
I am so happy that I decide to read these books. To anyone who enjoys a great thriller set in a Apocalyptic setting then Quarantine: The Saints & Quarantine: The Loners would be perfect for you. I highly recommend them.
Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.
I really hope everyone enjoyed my review and hopefully it will entice you to read this series. (if you have not already) I have a treat for you guys. The lovely people at Egmont USA have offered both books up for a giveaway on my blog. One (1) lucky Bittersweet Enchantment reader will win:
1 paperback copy of Quarantine: The Loners and 1 hardcover copy of Quarantine: The Saints.
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