Title: Plague Land
Author: Alex Scarrow
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Page Count: 386
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
The only thing more terrifying than a deadly virus is a deadly virus with an agenda…
Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumors of an unidentified plague in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week, the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.
A month after touching Earth’s atmosphere, the virus has wiped out most of the population. Desperate to stay alive, Leon and Grace are reluctantly taken in by a tight-knit group of survivors. But as they struggle to win their trust, the siblings realize that the virus isn’t their only enemy, and survival is just the first step…
Plague Land Series:
Plague Land (Book 1)
Plague Land: Reborn (Book 2)
Plague Land by Alex Scarrow is the first book in the young adult dystopian horror ReMade series. I think most could guess by the title alone with this one that the world is in trouble due to an unidentified plague.
The book mainly follows a boy named Leon, his sister Grace and their mother but there are other points of view at times in the story. Leon first sees the plague news and becomes infatuated with it but soon the media begins to cover things up and it’s at this time Leon’s father calls the family from America and begs them to get out of London before the plague hits.
Now I’m sure this doesn’t sound all that original from the vague “plague” description as there are plenty of those around to read about. Where this one takes the extra step and becomes something of it’s own is that this virus acts fast and hits hard with often very graphic consequences but it didn’t stop there and seems to have a mind of it’s own. Definitely a tension filled read with some interesting ideas involved so I’m anxious to see what happens in the next installment.
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About the author:
Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist. After ten years in various unsuccessful bands, he ended up working in the computer games industry and now has his own games development company, Grrr Games. He is the author of the bestselling and award-winning TimeRiders series, which has been sold into over thirty languages around the world.