The premise of this book was kind of freaky and the constant reference to LORD OF THE FLIES had me intrigued, even though I thought it was just a selling point. You can’t really do that with a book, compare it to a classic and have us go, “okay I believe you.” Teens on a murdering rampage, isolated from any sort of adult supervision did ring true with the LORD OF THE FLIES reference, so I guess you could say it was a modernized version of the book. To make it modern though they had to add girls, attempted rape, a bit of romance, more carnage, a modern high school, military conspiracy and gang activity. To keep us interested right?
The total package was a very scary book and it had so much action and drama in it along with horrifying imagery that I’m sort of scared to read the second one. I want these kids to catch a break and from reading the synopsis on the second book, it looks like they’ll get more of the same. I’m going to read it though, because even though I was horrified through most of it, the writing was so compelling, the dramatic sequences sucked you in and made you think, “Jesus, this could happen” and I just want to see the boys get some relief! Speaking of those boys, David and Will, like everyone else I probably fell for David right away, self-sacrificing, treated like crap by both his brother and his ex-girlfriend, but still persevering. He was a great character. His littler brother on the other hand, I wanted to beat his head in and say ,”wake up you little sh@$!” Signs of good characterization right?
Overall the book was a great read, fast-paced, cringe inspiring and emotional. I do think the bad-guy was left alive just to be the big baddie in the second book because the book ended with a cliffhanger involving his lunatic self, which kind of made me want to scream. The way people were killing off nasties left and right, bad guy number 1 would have been murdered in his sleep to ring true with me. So that was my main thumbs down for the novel, because I know he was only left in there to carry the cold-blooded hatred to the next book. I understand it, but it seemed forced. Read the book though – if you are a fan of male carried points of view in a dystopian/apocalyptic fiction, you’ll love this one. Think GONE by Michael Grant and THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner, QUARANTINE does deserve to be up there with those great books.
How about a giveaway?
- Giveaway is for both books in the series, Quarantine The Loners & Quarantine The Saints
- Shipping is domestic, US Only
- Shipping will be handled through a company sponsoring this giveaway, not through Parajunkee’s View
- Giveaway ends July 26th at 11:59 pm
- Nothing is required to enter the giveaway, except using the Rafflecopter widget, there are a lot of extra entries offered that do have tasks attached to them though.