‘The Eleventh Plague’ unfortunately was not one of the epic dystopian that was released in 2011. When compared with the titans that are ‘Divergent’, ‘Enclave’ and ‘Ashes’ this novel falls somewhere in the middle, with just a mediocre entertainment value. There are so many good novels in this genre that I felt a little put-out after reading ‘The Eleventh Plague.’ Don’t get me wrong, the premise was interesting, the writing was compelling, what threw me through a loop was the main characters. I felt like we were just following two idiotic teens making stupid choices and getting everyone around them hurt. That didn’t go over well with me. It’s one thing to see transition, it’s another to feel overwhelmed by stupid choices.

The world is decimated by an event called The Collapse and twenty years later a fifteen year old boy called Stephen Quinn is trying to get by with his father. He has watched his mother and his strict grandfather die and now after a series of unfortunate events, is about to watch his father slowly die if he doesn’t get any help. He does get help, in the form of a group of people that have banded together in an area called Settler’s Landing. The survivors have gotten together and formed a community in the midst of chaos and are trying to hold on to a slice of what life used to be, by educating their children and even holding on to what was once American traditions. Stephen quickly bonds with a girl called Jenny Tan, beautiful, but Chinese which are the people that let loose the P-11 virus on America. Together it is them against the world…

This one went on my TBR because I read a rave review or two about it. I thought this would be more interesting then the rest of the crowded dystopian genre because it was more post-apocalypse than actual dystopian. I’m always a big fan of a little apocalypse action. Unfortunately it just ended up being a filler piece for me, something to pass the time. The only way I can describe it is “underwhelming”. It dragged at parts and focused so much on the internal struggle of Stephen to realize there is HOPE in life and we must be good people that it seemed almost like an after school apocalyptic special. But, all the while the boy is realizing he must fight for good – he is making these terrible choices and doing just ridiculous things that he has to run and fix and then mess up more things. Then the author would minutely focus on one plot point while all these other things were occurring that were wrapped up in a few sentences. It just fell flat for me, but was written well enough for me to finish.

My positives on the book was the background story. I thought the author had founded a good idea and would have like to see him expand on it. I also enjoyed his messages and thought he had wonderful intentions, I guess I was just looking for a little more action. This would make an excellent SyFy movie!

Recommended for young teens that would like a more internal focus apocalypse stories.

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Audio BookYoung Adult Novel

‘The Eleventh Plague’ by Jeff Hirsch in audio book was purchased via audible.com.