The Eleventh Plague

278p. CIP. Scholastic. 2011. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-29014-2; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-38809-2. LC 2010048966.
Gr 6–10—This postapocalyptic tale begins with more excitement than the rest of the book delivers. Steve, 15, was born after the Collapse, and he only knows the nomadic struggle for survival that he and his family have experienced. With his mother and grandfather dead, only he and his father remain. When an act of heroic kindness on his father's part goes horribly wrong, Steve must turn to a group of strangers for help. Much of the rest of the novel deals with his learning to trust the citizens of the small settlement, as well as his burgeoning relationship with Jenny, an angry young woman whose rage is never quite demystified. The characters and action are not as compelling as in the best teen fiction in the genre. This book will likely appeal to younger teens who want in on the postapocalyptic trend, but want to avoid graphic violence.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
Stephen and his father are wanderers in a post-apocalyptic world. After a run-in with slave traders ends in violence (and Dad in a coma), some townspeople take the two in--to mixed reception. What's more, Stephen must decide if he can be part of a community larger than his father and himself. Though some characters remain undeveloped, the narrative itself moves swiftly.

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