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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
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By Justin on 01-23-15

Decent if somewhat formulaic YA novel

Post-Apocalypse? Check.
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.
Great narration/performance.
Fair to good story.

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By Word Nerd on 08-01-12

Good story

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.

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