From the Series Quarantine
It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.
A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 9|
|Genre||Fiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Lab ®|
|Number of Pages||416|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.5|
|Reading Counts! Points||21.0|
- Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Reading List
- Tayshas Reading List
- Booklist Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy for Youth
- Booklist Editor's Choice
- Kids’ Indie Next List (ABA)
“Though not totally implausible, this is for fans of gritty sf dystopia, and Thomas’ whirlwind pace, painful details (‘old socks in a zip-lock freezer bag’ serve as one character’s pillow), simmering sexual content, and moments of truly shocking ultra-violence thrust this movie-ready high-school thriller to the head of the class.” —starred, Booklist
Author: Lex Thomas
Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, who met in a writers' group and bonded over their mutual fascination with B-movies. Visit them at www.lex-thomas.com.