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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fran returns from a wilderness trip to find London cut off from the rest of the world, besieged by a plague that has taken the lives of her parents and many of her friends. Once inside the city--a group of children show her a secret way to reenter--the only thing Fran knows for sure is that she must escape in order to survive. Stealing and scavenging for food, Fran nurses her friend Shahid miraculously back to health before she manages to cross the city's boundaries to an uncertain future. Gripped by the pall of disease, death and government conspiracy, Ure's tale must work hard to achieve a more hopeful plane. Fran's hard-won, stoic optimism at the book's end seems a faint cheer compared to the thunderous silence of the dead she leaves behind--and is sure to encounter ahead, as Ure suggests a global disaster has occurred. More chilling than thrilling, this frightening, thought-provoking novel grabs the reader's attention and holds tight until the last word. Ages 10-up. Oct.
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Gr 7-9-- Fran, 16, returns from four weeks on a wilderness survival trip to a city eerily quiet and the residents gone--either hiding in fear, or dead from a mysterious illness. Although the area has been sealed off to prevent the disease from spreading, Fran finds a way home, only to discover that the plague has arrived before her. Her story alternates with that of classmate Shahid, an outsider by virtue of his race. The third member of the triumvirate is Fran's best friend, Harry, whose natural impulsiveness has been exacerbated to near-insanity. The three set out to find Shahid's brother on the north side of London. As Harry becomes more unstable and Shahid becomes ill, it is left to Fran to save them. Both the physical struggle to survive, and the character development that supports and results from it, are clearly and accurately depicted. Plot development is sure-footed, and dialogue is realistic. Ultimately, there is a note of hope, and even moments of humor. What is not funny is the typical infuriating attempt to translate Briticisms into American English; it's inconsistent, insulting, and awkward. In one case, in calling a cooker the ``stove,'' term and technology do not agree, and only serve to highlight the absurdity of this practice. Otherwise, this is a solid addition to teen fiction collections, and a discussion starter about survival morality or political responsibility. --Barbara Hutcheson, Greater Victoria Public Library, B.C., Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140362831
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/1993
  • Series: Plague Series , #1
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    One of the best non-series books I have ever read!

    I found Plague stuck in the bottom shelf of the Young Adults section of the library. I picked it up then read the inside cover and figured it would be something to keep me interested. Boy, was I right! It was a great book from start to finish. Harry running of, Shahid getting sick, Fran coming back from camp finding her world in shambles... This was a great book from start to finish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2000

    Plague is a great book!

    When I saw this book I though 'Looks interesting, but I bet it's a loser.' Boy was I wrong. This book stirrs up your emotions from the second chapter. It is a little slow developing, but if you read on you won't want to stop reading. I recomend this book for any one who can read.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    goood book and awesome plot

    this book was really exellent at first fran discoveres there is a lague in whole europoe then she discovers thst her father isdead and her mother is gone and possibly dead. then shediscovers that her best friend harry is still alive but her mother isin't licky either then they meet this indian boy named shahid whos fault that his father died was his and his older brother isliving in a safe place where the plague didint strike sothey meet each other and try to fight theplague i cant tell you if anybody dies read the book its a really good book.

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