The Burnouts (Quarantine Series #3)

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Lord of the Flies in a 21st century high school setting. Welcome to Quarantine #3: The Burnouts, where readers of The Maze Runner,Gone, and Divergent go when they're ready for more dark, compelling, survival stories.

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 ...

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Lord of the Flies in a 21st century high school setting. Welcome to Quarantine #3: The Burnouts, where readers of The Maze Runner,Gone, and Divergent go when they're ready for more dark, compelling, survival stories.

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.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843383
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Quarantine Series , #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 50,892
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lex Thomas is the pen name used by the screenwriting team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their first book, Quarantine Book One: The Loners, was a Booklist 2012 Editors' Choice. Lex Hrabe was a Drama Geek in high school as well as student body president. Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worn hats as an actor, director, and writer. In addition to working as a screenwriter, he heads development at Cinespire Entertainment, a boutique production company. If Thomas Voorhies were a character in the Quarantine trilogy, he would be a member of the Art Geek gang. Thomas graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and continues to practice and exhibit his realist oil paintings. To see a selection of his artwork, visit The author lives in Lex Hrabe: Virginia; Tom Voorhies: California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Good but really

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Just keeps getting better

    Holly Short

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Wrap Up

    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.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    This is a series that, though gruesome and not for the faint of

    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.

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