Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Plague by Michael Grant

Plague by Michael Grant
2011, Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Book 4 of Gone

Synopsis: It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape - or even survive - life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

The Good: Plague is the best book in the series thus far. As if all that they've been though isn't enough, now kids are getting sick. Dying. No one really has any medical experience beyond the basics. There is no cure forthcoming. The healer can't heal the sick. How do you battle illness and win? Some pretty big players are taken out of commission due to the illness, leaving the rest to step up. In an absolutely horrific twist, then came bugs. I will not elaborate further. I can't begin to do the situation justice. I am a grown woman and it absolutely terrified me. Grant got under my skin good. Some people complain that some characters in this series smoke, drink, do drugs and now have sex. I personally love that about these books. I mean, really. Some 14 year olds do these things under their parents noses in the real world. Now, eight months without parental supervision, how realistic would it be if no one had sex or drank or smoke especially while they're watching their friends die off one by one?

The Bad: Sam goes off the deep end. His reason - Astrid won't put out. I have no problem with the situation, nor the reaction. I do have a problem with it revolving around Sam. It's blatantly out of character. Sure, Sam's no angel. He seems to pretty much constantly want to avoid the leadership role that has been thrust upon him time and again. His interest in Astrid is peculiar, yet the heart wants what it wants. They argue A LOT. And yet, he expects a more physical relationship. To the point of sulking and getting drunk and being despondent. If he was really the type of guy to react this way, he's already be sleeping with one of the other more willing girls.

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