Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Review: Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

Review: Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas


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.


***

Quite honestly I do not know why I actually finished reading this book. I thought it was a poor imitation of several different novels I have read over the past few months. Certainly not one I'd recommend for several reasons.

One thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that I felt the story dragged at places but then went the other way at times and rushed along at a silly pace and I felt as a reader that I couldn't get my head around what was going on.

I didn't like the characters at all. I couldn't warm to any of them which meant I therefore didn't care what went on or what happened to them.

I found that the book was far to graphically horrible. Some of the scenes were really repulsive to the point where I didn't want to read what was going on. I thought it was over the top and just done for effect.

If you want a series about a group of teenagers left to it go read Michael Grant's Gone series instead.

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