Friday, October 18, 2013

Quarantine: The Saints by Lex Thomas (Review)

Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Survival, Apocalyptic
Publication.Date  July 9th 2013
Published By:  Egmont USA
Author's GRLex Thomas 

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My review copy:Review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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 outside. It was a place where things were alive, where forests grew, where your friends weren't trying to kill you, and the air didn't taste like dust. 
Blood puddles in the dirt. Lucy stared at them as she chewed her chili. The bodies of the kids who had been killed by the falling block had just been carried away by their gangs. It should have turned her stomach to eat while watching the spilt blood of other kids slowly sink into the ground and become a red mud, but it didn't. She was that hungry.

     If you'd ask me what were some of the most memorable books I read in 2012, Lex Thomas' Quarantine: The Loners would be one of the titles I'd list. I absolutely loved that book! So when an opportunity presented itself to read and review the second book in the intense and breathtaking Quarantine series, I didn't think twice! And Quarantine: The Saints did not disappoint. Once again, authors Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies take their readers on a crazy, blood-chilling, often totally shocking, and completely unforgettable ride. You might want to buckle up for this one. 

     I enjoyed the dynamic and fast-paced writing style a lot. I'm so happy to report that the second book in the Quarantine series is just as intense and entertaining as the first one. While the first book focused more on action, the second one - while still mind-blowing and twisty - is more about the characters. We get to know many of our favorites better, and we also get a good look into the minds of those we thought to be completely rotten and evil. Everything is not so black and white anymore, the good guys don't always act like saints, and the bad guys show unexpected complexity. I think that's probably my favorite thing about Quarantine: The Saints.

     I liked where the story went, though, I have to admit, I was expecting something entirely different. The first book ended in a way that suggested a possible change of setting, but instead what we got was lots of exciting changes on the inside of the school, and a plot line focused almost entirely on Will and Lucy. All the pre-pubescent kids are still carriers of the deadly virus and they're all still stuck at school, cut off from the rest of the world. Supplies are running very low, tension rises, conflicts erupt. One of the gangs falls apart and in its place a new one - even stronger and more influential one - is formed. Most importantly, we're introduced to new, interesting characters - ones that will play quite a big role in the story. It all makes for quite a breathless page-turner that I enjoyed immensely. 

     This is possibly one of the darkest, most violent and sexually charged YA series out there. It's brutal, cut-throat and often times plain disturbing, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's not a book for the faint of heart, so read it only if you're OK with coarse language, sexual content and strong violence.

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