In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. There he meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny. When they play a prank on the town bully’s family that goes horribly wrong, they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.
©2011 Jeff Hirsch (P)2011 Scholastic Audio
I thought The Eleventh Plague was a great book. The main character, Stephen, lived all his life as a scavenger, picking up and selling salvage left over after a horrific war that left the world pretty desolate. He's surprised when he stumbles across a functioning, intact community, with people eating regularly, kids going to school, and generally rebuilding life. It was more of a subdivision, but considering the rest of the world was in disarray, this little gated neighborhood was practically a borough. Stephen is welcomed by most of the community, but the most powerful family doesn't want strangers and makes things hard for Stephen. Not wanting to stir up trouble, Stephen decides to leave, but not before pulling a (really stupid) prank on the powerful family -- he actually did it because a girl told him to, not because he wanted to, the dummy. Bad things follow and Stephen runs around trying to fix his mistake.
It was actually pretty good. Jeff Hirsch did a nice job of narrating. No weird voice changes or strange gulping habits.
If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, you should definitely put The Eleventh Plague on your list of good reads.
The Eleventh Plague was, to me, as much about trust and loyalty as the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. The audiobook drew me in immediately...thanks to both Hirsch's writing and Bittner's narration, which was fabulous!
The book raising some great questions: How do you reestablish society after it has fallen? What things do you change? And when rebuilding society is such a precious and delicate process, what mistakes will you tolerate from others?
I like a book that has a good story line and good characters
The characters were great in the story
The doctor was my favorite character
This story takes place in a post-apocalypse America. The main character is a young man, (probably in his middle teens), who has lived a hard life, with a hard and mistrustful grandpa. When the Grandpa dies, he and his injured father take shelter with a community of settlers who are trying to re-build their lives. We watch Steve grow from a selfish, hard-hearted, thieving boy into a social, responsible young man, who learns to fin in with, and help his community. It is a good example of how the human spirit can rise triumphant, even from the worst disaster. There are some sleezeballs in the book, but good is victorious. Dan Bittner has a voice, and narrative style that depicts the teenager very well.
interesting and thought-provoking
hard to say...
the youthful voice of the narrator as the main character brought life to the story
What our future might be...
Although there were a few hokey dialogs, the story was intriguing. I thought the title was misleading because the plague itself is not a main element of the story; it is the aftermath that froms the basis of the story. I would have liked the story to be a bit longer; therre were many areas I would have loved to have seen developed a bit more. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever read the hunger games series or anybody who read The Color of my Words. This story was overall amazing and with audible it added a WHOLE other dimension that made this book amazing like if you had a tv in your mind, it was so vivid and exciting. So much that I finished the book in 2 days I couldn't wait of what would happen next and I NEVER WANTED THE BOOK TO END!!! I feel like the book was a tiny bit unfinished like did just that area and town stopped with the chaos or the whole U.S. And what happened about the plague was it infecting anybody any more? So many question were unanswered which I disliked but I really did love the story.
Love interest? Check
Villains? Double check.
Gritty universe full of difficult choices? Ehhhhh...
It is obviously aimed at Young Adults so Cormack McCarthy's The Road this is not.
It felt like the story could have been deeper and that there were some missed opportunities to stand out from the crowd of similar books. The characters never really had to do anything to far outside their moral codes.
In some ways a zombie story without zombies.
Fair to good story.
I listen to a great many audiobooks. This one is a great listen for young adults and teenagers. The story is in the same vein as Earth Abides, told in a different viewpoint that is quite interesting. The twists are thought provoking. LOVED IT..
The main charector Stephen with the way he was raised and when he was raised, created a way of thinking that made me question some of my own thoughts.
This s th frst time that I have listened to 1 of his readings that i am aware of. He did a real good job.
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