Fire Will Fall (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion, under twenty-four-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, U.S. operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime, as two teen virtual spies, also infected, hunt for the criminals on the Internet. The danger remains real—for ShadowStrike has every reason to pursue the ...

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ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion, under twenty-four-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, U.S. operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime, as two teen virtual spies, also infected, hunt for the criminals on the Internet. The danger remains real—for ShadowStrike has every reason to pursue the Trinity Four, and their evil plan will unleash a new designer virus that’s even deadlier than the first.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Plum-Ucci's underwhelming follow-up to Streams of Babel (2008) again explores the effects of bioterrorism on a group of teenagers who continue to suffer from being poisoned in an attack on their New Jersey town's water supply. The sequel picks up shortly after the first book, as Cora, Owen, Rain, and Scott deal both with the disease that threatens their lives and with the publicity associated with the attack. While the teenagers sort out their issues regarding their feelings for their parents (and each other), two teen hackers do their best to monitor the actions of ShadowStrike, the terrorist organization behind the attacks, whose members may be quite close. Unfortunately, as the narrative shifts among the six teenage characters, the story gets lost amid their angst, with pages and pages of introspection and miscommunication slowing down what little plot there is. The events that do take place often seem out of the characters' hands (excluding the denouement), with things simply happening to them, and the dialogue is rarely interesting enough to carry the book through these passages. Ages 14-up. (May)
VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Fire Will Fall chronicles three fearful days at a safe house for the Trinity Four, four teens whose water was poisoned by the terrorist ShadowStrike. The teens, in uncertain health, are moved to an isolated estate for treatment and to await the capture and arrest of the bioterrorist group. Secretly aiding in the government's search are two teen virtual spies, Tyler and The Kid, who have motivation beyond their advocacy for the Trinity Four, as they, too, are victims of an attack. In their investigation, they uncover the terrorists' plans to unleash a newer, stronger virus called FireFall that will cause death and destruction in a matter of hours, beyond anything seen before. It is a mad rush to discover a cure for the Trinity Four and to find ShadowStrike before more lives are lost. Typical teen trials and tribulations are not shelved in the face of terrorist threats; the agonizing hormone levels are at times heavy handed, especially when captured through multiple narratives. However, the v-spies' narratives balance out the soap opera and also offer an exciting glimpse into hacking. Themes range from parent—child relationships to death and dying, but the overwhelming concern is power and powerlessness. The novel captures the anxiety and fear of being a victim and possibly still a target in a world where one has little agency as a minor. The teens find that they must claim authority, not only to overcome fear, but also to find a place in the adult world. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
This book is a sequel to The Streams of Babel, in which the water was poisoned in a terrorist attack against Trinity Falls (Why Trinity Falls, you ask? Don't ask.) leaving four teens adrift in the world without parents, still sick from the effects of the poisoning. This novel is set two months after the events of the first novel, and the young people are still worried that they might be the subject of another attack. Although they are ill and don't know whether they will be alive in days to come, the four find relationships forming and blossoming as they remain isolated on a remote farm while secret agents and virologists from around the world work to find a cure and track down the minions of Shadow Strike, the group responsible for the first terrorist attack. Unbeknownst to the kids and their guardians, they are still very much in danger from Shadow Strike, which plans another even more vicious attack even as they are trying to adjust to their new living conditions and precarious health. Told in six alternating voices, four of them the teen protagonists, two boys and two girls, and two young secret agents/hackers who can penetrate the world of Shadow Strike, the book has an interesting premise and, at times, is quite engrossing. At other times, the plot drags and the constant change in voices is confusing. All the action takes place over a few days, set within a month of the original 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The book is interesting enough to keep one reading and perhaps even to purchase the first one to find out how and why the kids got there. The relationships between the four teens are complex and ever-changing. The threat as described is intense and real. It's a good read, especially for fans of the science fiction subgenres of bioterrorism and doomsday scenarios. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In Streams of Babel (Harcourt, 2008), a terrorist organization poisoned the drinking water of a small New Jersey town. Fire Will Fall begins two months after the events in that book. The four surviving teens have been released from the hospital but are not yet out of danger. Suffering from chronic health problems and under threat from those members of ShadowStrike who evaded capture, they are taken to an isolated mansion near the Jersey shore where they can recuperate under 24-hour guard while scientists around the world race to find a cure for the deadly virus to which they were exposed. In the meantime, members of USIC are working around the clock to find the terrorist cell before its members can strike again with a new and even deadlier biological weapon. The compelling characters, dramatic situations, and page-turning pace of this thriller will keep readers enthralled right up to the climax.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
It's spring of 2002, and the horrendous images of 9/11 remain all too vivid. But terrorism has struck again, in sleepy Trinity Falls, N.J., where the water supply was poisoned, killing two and harming many more. Four teens were severely sickened but are on the slow road to recovery, cared for by special medical teams and security agents in a safe house near the Jersey Shore. On Long Island, two talented young hackers continue to trace terrorist chatter, trying to track down the original culprits, who are all too clearly still active and intent on destroying America's sense of security. The terrorists are closer than anyone would have thought, and they have their sights set on the now famous Trinity Four. Whom can these kids trust? This sequel to the outstanding Streams of Babel (2008) more than lives up to its predecessor's standard. A taut read, it's hard to put down, with characters readers will care about and plenty of momentum. Humor is deftly woven into both character development and dialogue, lightening the mood at just the right spots. A must-read, all-too-contemporary page-turner. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606153416
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 492
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL PLUM-UCCI is a graduate of Purdue University and has received numerous awards and citations in entertainment and business writing. She is the author of The Body of Christopher Creed (Harcourt, 2000), which was named a Michael L. Printz Honor book and was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    This is seriously the best book ever! It's filled with everythin

    This is seriously the best book ever! It's filled with everything you could want! If you're debating buying it, take a chance and buy it! You definitely won't regret it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    TEEN THRILLER!!!!!!!

    This book picks up exactly where Streams of Babel left off. Fire Will Fall is a shocking second to Streams of Babel. In my opinion, this book is FILLED with action. I mean, itstarts out witht them packing their things to go to the mansion. The end is nothing you expected. Straigt out impossible to think in the beginning. There isn't a single part in the book that even goes near being slow. Cora fights to find herself between all the madness. Everyone plays an important part in the book. And what Omar, the terrorist leader, will do next. The Kid as he is called shows amazing talent along with Tyler at figuring out the chatter between Omar and his subjects and assasins. Everybody is a suspect in being an aliance. The characters make mistakes in that situation. I can't straight out tell you who betrays the Trinity Four but the killer lies right under your nose the entire time. I myself had thought they were innocent but I was proven wrong. Everything ties together in the end and I think that's my favorite part about this book. Every string of the book goes in every different dorection in the beginning and during the middle, but everything comes together and tells you the truth in the end. I can't wait until the third book comes out. I hope there will even be a third book. Just the way Carol ends it with a fabulous cliffhanger is enough to gove you chills as you close the book. This is one of my favorite books along with Streams of Babel. This is a definite read!!!!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    A Thriller for Teens: Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci

    The sequel to Streams of Babel, this book (Fire Will Fall) remembers the Trinity Four and their two V-Spy heroes in a second attack by ShadowStrike, a terrorist clan mutating strains of the Q3 virus. The teens face a new threat, called FireFall, which eats away at flesh and other substances in a matter of minutes. USIC (United States Intelligence Coalition) works to stop the terrorists from hurting anyone else. Who will survive this second round of attacks? An even greater question remains, who will survive the threat of falling in love while trying to fight the illness that the terrorists had given them from the first round of attacks?
    I thought this book and its predecessor was a great way to inform teens about the issues of terrorist attacks and working through the aftermath. It also brings up great issues of facing an uncertain future and trying to find one's way in life. Though, I'll let you read the book to get the ending, I will say that I didn't like the ending. I am a fan of happy endings, and I feel that the ending still left the reader dealing with loss. Some would say that it's more life-like and reality-driven, but I feel that the loss presented in the end of this novel was one that I will never come to like or even appreciate. Overall, I felt that this was a good book despite the crushing ending.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Awesome sequel!

    I love this book! It not only met, but exceeded my expectations! You must read Streams of Babel before you even THINK about reading this,though. The only thing I disliked is *Spoiler Alert*! they killed Owen off at the end! that kinda sucked.
    Killing off main characters = Upset me.lol,TEEHEE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING

    I loved Streams of Babel and when I found out that there was going to be a sequel I was so happy. I couldn't put down Streams of Babel. I was reading it during class and my teachers would tell me to put it away and then when they weren't looking I had it opened again and was reading it. I cannot wait until May 3rd!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing

    This sequel to Streams of Babel did more than measure up. Carol Plum-Ucci connects suspense, fear, love, comedy, relief and excitement all in one book. It will make you laugh out loud and cry. It is beatifully written and interesting from the first page until the last page. It had an unforgettable story as well as characters. I recommend this book to everyone.

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