The Eleventh Plague

  • by Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by Dan Bittner
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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excellent post-apocalypse character study.

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.
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- Michelle

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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- Justin Feltis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2011
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio