The Burnouts (Quarantine Series #3)

The Burnouts (Quarantine Series #3)

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by Lex Thomas

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Teens infected with an ebola-like virus are trapped in their high school. Where readers of The Maze Runner and Divergent go when they're hungry for more dark survival stories. Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.

In the third and final Quarantine book, David and Will are alive...but on the outside of McKinley High. Lucy is

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Teens infected with an ebola-like virus are trapped in their high school. Where readers of The Maze Runner and Divergent go when they're hungry for more dark survival stories. Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.

In the third and final Quarantine book, David and Will are alive...but on the outside of McKinley High. Lucy is the last of the trinity left inside, where Hilary will exact a deadly revenge before taking over McKinley and bringing one final reign of terror to the school before the doors open for good. But the outside world is just as dangerous for carriers of the virus.

Praise for the Quarantine series:
*"The best high-concept YA thriller of the year... gritty and fearless." - Booklist (starred review)

"As original as The Hunger Games, set within the walls of a high school exactly like yours." - Kami Gracia, New York Times best-selling co-author of Beautiful Creatures

Also available in e-book (ISBN: 978-1-60684-339-0) format.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Eric DuBois
The Burnouts paints a graphic picture of a dystopian society. The break-neck pace keeps readers engrossed as the characters fight for their lives. The Burnouts also elegantly draws into light the ideas of social roles, character, and morality, making readers think about the world around them. This book is a very exciting read and is certainly worth checking out. Reviewer: Eric DuBois, Teen Reviewer; Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Etienne Vallée
Will is reunited with David, his older brother, who was presumed dead. Having just survived the deadly virus still confining a large number of teens in McKinley High School, Will is torn between happiness at finding his brother and sadness at leaving Lucy behind. Lucy is thrown out of her gang, realizes she is pregnant, and eventually ends up with the drug-using burnouts. Meanwhile, Hillary, David’s ex-girlfriend, now has the only gun with bullets in the school, and she uses it effectively to regain her position as the queen of the school. When Will discovers from another graduating teen that Lucy is carrying his child, he re-enters McKinley to rescue her. David follows him into the high-school hell that McKinley has become, and they quickly become separated. The race is on to find Lucy and escape from the roving gangs that plague the school, while surviving Hillary’s wrath at the first infected prom. Readers unfamiliar with the first two books will be completely lost as the characters pick up where they left off in The Saints: Quarantine, Book 2 (Egmont, 2013/Voya August 2013). The rampant violence, sex, drug use, death of main characters, and graphic miscarriage make this book appropriate only for older teens. Readers will better enjoy one of the many better done dystopians out there, such as James Dashner’s trilogy The Maze Runner, Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing series, or Veronica Roth’s Divergent. This title is dark, gory, and oversexed. Purchase this only if the first two books were popular in your library. Reviewer: Etienne Vallée; Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Cheryl Clark
Will and David are reunited after surviving the savagery of quarantine in McKinley High School. When they hear rumors about a possible cure for the virus that led to the quarantine, they decide to pursue it but quickly abandon those plans when they find out that Lucy, the girl they are both in love with, is pregnant and alone inside the school. Will plunges back into the fray immediately, with David reluctantly on his heels. What they discover is that the peace they witnessed from the outside was just a veneer, and things have gotten even more barbaric than they could have imagined. The Burnouts is like a deep-fried twinkie—you know you should not be enjoying it, but you just cannot help yourself. The writing is amateurish and cliché. The characters lack depth. The chief villain is a cardboard cut-out “mean girl,” and her great act of revenge ends up being rather anticlimactic. Finally, the novel seems to keep going long past several potential stopping points, and the ending is anything but happy. In spite of its shortcomings, however, the constant tension makes the novel addictively readable, and fans will enjoy the gross-out details and danger that infect every page. This is a great series for reluctant readers and those who enjoyed the brutal violence in Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from Furnace series. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
A virus has quickly spread, and brothers David and Will are locked outside of McKinley High. Their old house is now in shambles. The brothers have seen so much death, murder, and other violence in their town as a result of the virus. They long to see their sister, Lucy, who is inside McKinley High, and search for some sign of their father, amid all the dead and dying on the streets. This is the setting a teen reader will encounter in the third book of the “Quarantine” trilogy. The flyleaf of the book suggests a premise for the final book of the series: whatever can go wrong will go wrong! There are ugly name-calling, dirty words, and descriptions difficult to stomach everywhere as the boys search among bloody scenes and dead bodies. Being tough in such a situation is taken for granted. Readers should read the first two books, so as not to become confused starting with this last installment. Survival of the fittest is a necessary rule if one wishes to stay alive in such a society. This is Thomas’s creation of the darkest and bloodiest type of science fiction, with gangs taking over and both the hunter and the hunted scavenging for their lives. Put on the gas masks, try to escape the deadly virus and its effects, or kill those who seem to get in the way. The characters, action and plot are not for the faint of heart. Let the reader beware: it will be difficult to escape! “It ain’t safe for you out there,” announces the boy in a dress to another character. Advice to readers: It may not be any safer to keep reading the pages in this dark and violent plot. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 14 up.
Kirkus Reviews
The final installment of Thomas' gross-out Quarantine series.Will has escaped the school and reunited with his brother, David. After a short, solitary quarantine, Will's pronounced virus-free and brought into the parent-run operation that feeds and protects the school. Back inside the school, Lucy's clique, the Sluts, blames her for the disastrous fight between the Sluts and Saints. They kick her out, and once again, the plot centers on the difficulties faced by a character who is clique-less, at the social ladder's bottom rung. Lucy's complication, however, is an unplanned pregnancy. When word about Lucy's hardships comes to Will and David, Will sneaks back in to rescue her, equipped with a gas mask whose filter is nearly used up. David chases after to save him from the virus, and the love triangle is re-established. Their race against clogged filters keeps the plot moving quickly. Meanwhile, Lucy's found a new clique, the Burnouts. Seeking a renewable drug source, Burnouts ferment their own waste to get high on the fumes and masturbate. So shocking it's funny, poop's refreshing for readers numbed by the edgy-for-the-sake-of-edgy previous violence and rampant prostitution. Meanwhile, David's ex, Hilary (a cardboard evil-lunatic villain), finds a gun. The ending, of course, offers enough death to appease the fan base.By far, the fastest and funniest of the series. (Science fiction. 16-18)

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Quarantine Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Burnouts (Quarantine Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book i wish the series would continue
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loves the series
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This is one series I don’t want to finish. I will truly miss everything about this series, but there are some questions I needed answers to so I reluctantly read the book yesterday. Okay, so maybe I devoured it. The author hopes that you have read the first two books in the series as we are off and running with the parents living on a farm close to the school so they can be near their children. Oh, if they could only see their children inside McKinley. I don’t think their parents could handle it! The brothers Will and David are both alive and working with the parents to maintain a livable community to help their children inside McKinley. Inside the school, things are in disarray. Gangs, dangerous and hazardous situations and repulsive conditions are the norm. Reading some of the affairs that the teens were a part of had me squeamish and appalled but it was all a part of this experience that I had been waiting for. Hilary has found a loaded weapon and this means of power has gone straight to her head. She is not afraid of using it and after showing everyone she means business, Hilary the Queen is speaking and people better listen or “I’ll put a bullet in your head.” The brothers hear that there is a cure for the virus and after a heated debate, they decide to go get it and bring it back. Is this not exciting news or what?! It just can’t be that easy, I have waited for this news but I know after all this time, it cannot just fall into their laps. Just before leaving, they discover that Lucy is pregnant and still inside the school. Lots of emotions and questions are flowing through the minds of these boys as they think about Lucy, her fate and the cure. What is their next move, the cure or Lucy? David believes the cure is more important and Will’s heart is with Lucy. Too many decisions and they need to make up their minds, and fast. Lucy, oh Lucy, I was torn as her character dealt with life with its battles and comforts. The author’s narrative and realistic descriptions as events unfolded conceived inside of me an urgency as I read, as if each minute mattered. As the twins decide on whether to get the cure or to rescue Lucy, I am anxiously awaiting their decision, knowing the minutes are ticking away and time is not on their side. This series brought so many emotions and feeling to the surface for me as I read, I am glad I experience Quarantine as it truly was an adventure. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Egmont USA in exchange for an honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
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Lex and Thomas as surely out done theirselves in this final installment. There were twist and plot hangers to the very end. These two authors aren't scared to show thier dark side. My only complaints is that the book is shorter than the last two and the book ends in my opinin of werid sentence and a little bit of a cliffhanger. I love all three books in this triolgy and am sad to see them go.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This is a series that, though gruesome and not for the faint of heart, I have thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are realistic, and over the course of three novels, we’ve really gotten to know them—all of them, both the good and bad. The novels have perfectly built on one another, and though they made my cringe more often than not, I can see events like this unfolding in any high school, mine included, should students be cut off from the adult world and locked in a school for years due to a deadly virus. And it’s scary, but Thomas does an amazing job portraying events. But while I really, really liked this third installment, I’m less than pleased with the entire ending. Truthfully, as I received an ARC from Netgalley, I’ve been wondering if perhaps I received an unfinished copy, doubtful as that is, but the hope remains the same as Thomas just sort of leaves readers hanging with a rather strange sentence. It took me unawares. As I’ve said, the novel itself is extremely well done, as are the two novels that come before it, The Loners and The Saints. I love David, and always have, and I’m glad he’s back in the picture in this novel. His good sense helps drive the plot, though he’s definitely in over his head in this one. Will has a tendency to get on my last nerve, but I love him anyway, and Lucy’s story made my heart bleed. I knew Thomas’ style certainly wouldn’t let these three main characters finally get out of the school and go unscathed, but, like, whoa. What Thomas does to them isn’t nice… not one bit, and a piece of my heart sort of died with this particular event. And, while I could see the other big revelation coming a mile away, it was still jarring when it occurred, and, true to Thomas’ style, filled me with horror. I sort of feel like it couldn’t have come about any other way—no clean breaks would have fit the story, but… I had to read it twice to really believe that Thomas has done it. But all that aside, it’s the epilogue that really stuns me. It jumps time, barely explains anything, and ends with a hanging sentence, as I mentioned, that just leaves the reader unsatisfied. Perhaps there will be a novella conclusion later—that would be nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish they would continue the series. 
Mindy_Lou More than 1 year ago
OMG !!! I am so angry right now.. That is not the way to end a book.. I dived in and did not want to stop reading.. You see so many characters coming out of their shells and are finding themselves.. Though there were times you wished you could jump in the book and slap some of them and say what the heck were you thinking.. I think the book over all was well written the plot twists and turns were great it kept you wanting more.. I must say though there were parts in there that hurt your feelings and the whole time you are in awe your reminding yourself it is JUST A BOOK.. geez.. I got goose bumps I laughed and I got a little watery eyed.. lol.. That though is when you know it is a good book.. I think that if you get through book 1 { it wasn't my favorite } you'll enjoy books 2 & 3..#HappyReading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holly Short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good book better then alk of them but did will have to die. Not really a happy endng for will. Author could of said like at the end that they called the baby will like the father. Other theb that it was good