Friday, June 29, 2012

The Eleventh Plague

Hirsch, J. (2011). The Eleventh Plague. NY: Scholastic Press.
YA Lit / Post-Apocalyptic

I listened to this book on my iPad, through the Overdrive App.  Here's a sample of the audiobook, courtesy of scholastic audiobook:

The narrator did a good job with this book, convincingly changing his voice between the main character, a teenage boy, and grandpa, dad, man, girl, woman, child, and foreigner.  It worked and didn't seem awkward.

The setting in this story isn't new - Stephen King did it best in The Stand some years ago - but it's current times, and humanity has nearly been wiped out by its own hand.  In The Eleventh Plague, it is germ warfare that has done the destruction, and what was once America is now just a shell of abandoned and decaying storefronts, homes, and cars.  We are fifteen plus years out from when it all started.

I definitely enjoy books with this premise, in part because it seems so plausible and it's interesting and a little scary to think about what the aftermath would be like for survivors.  Why I like this storyline is because the main character, Stephen, wasn't alive before P11 (the plague that kills everyone) and doesn't know American life.  He only knows stories of it, passed on from his grandfather and parents.  

Hirsch did a good job of describing the absolute desolation of life with his father and grandfather, and the awesomeness of coming across a colony of people that has managed to rebuild some of the old life.  The characters are well-written and believable, and they go just deep enough that we get many perspectives on P11, values, and life in a post-apocalyptic world.
Here's the book trailer from Jeff Hirsch's website:

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