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New in paperback! A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...

McKinley High has been a battleground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When...

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Overview

New in paperback! A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...

McKinley High has been a battleground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hook up and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soon after, though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.

*"With its morally dubious characters, charged sexual content, and double-take violence, this might be the darkest series going. Meanwhile, Lord of the Flies allusions (the adults' benevolent arrival and, believe it or not, a pig hunt), add further interest. Here's our demand: deliver the conclusion yesterday."—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"This fast-paced novel will, however, appeal to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy."—VOYA

"Thomas knows how to write a compelling story with flawed characters and intense situations."—School Library Journal

Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-60684-336-9) and e-book (ISBN: 978-1-60684-337-6) formats.

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"With its morally dubious characters, charged sexual content, and double-take violence, this might be the darkest series going. Meanwhile, Lord of the Flies allusions (the adults’ benevolent arrival and, believe it or not, a pig hunt), add further interest. Here’s our demand: deliver the conclusion yesterday." *

— Daniel Kraus (Booklist) STARRED REVIEW

VOYA - Jen McConnel
In the not-so-distant future, teenagers carry a mysterious and deadly virus, and a large group has been quarantined in their high school for over a year. Conditions inside the school are bleak, and gang warfare is escalating to new levels. Will and Lucy have survived being locked up, and it looks like they finally have a chance to escape, but when freedom is pulled away from them, they must reevaluate the strategies that have helped them get through the dangerous lockdown zone of the school. The gang structures that helped them survive the first eighteen months of the quarantine have shifted dramatically and the arrival of the Saints, a group of teens who escaped the quarantine, changes things even more. Will and Lucy are faced with the choice of clinging to their failing gang or forging new alliances with the strangers. But will any alliance be enough to save them from the cruelty which is escalating in the school? Although action-packed, the violence in this novel is a bit off-putting. Cruelty and gruesome behavior typify most of the characters in the book, and even Will and Lucy are not immune. This fast-paced novel will, however, appeal to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy. Reviewer: Jen McConnel
Kirkus Reviews
A slapdash continuation of the story of a high school in quarantine that started in The Loners (2012). The infected, gun-wielding kids who broke into McKinley High keep the door open long enough for most of the Loners clique to escape before outside adults re-seal it, restarting the familiar plot. Now Lucy and Will struggle at the bottom of the social heat, and a group of parents has taken over responsibility for the school, food drops and "graduation." Besides the disbanding of the Loners, the other clique shake-up is Varsity's ouster of dictatorial Sam. Vulnerable Will stumbles into a party thrown by the heretofore-ignored newly trapped kids, nicknamed Saints after their school mascot, and joins. Soon Will and the Saints' unbalanced leader control the parents through extortion and throw wild parties featuring entrances on motorcycles and the riding of a live, wild hog (a transparent, clumsy link to Lord of the Flies); despite the flash, it's a slow-paced, tensionless storyline. Meanwhile, Lucy joins the Sluts, who welcome her with sexual bullying during "Naked Week," a hazing ritual introduced through writing on par with bad porn. This book never lets plausibility get in the way of objectification--one character plans a grandiose gentlemen's club in the war-torn high school, and female sexuality is constantly bartered. Near the end, Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies' collective pen name) finally remembers the first novel's only successful element: Gore. Implausible, poorly written trash that, most damningly, bores. (Science fiction. 16-18)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to The Loners (Egmont USA, 2012), Will and Lucy remain trapped in the battleground that is McKinley High. Without Will's brother David's leadership, the remaining members of the Loners drift away to join other gangs. The virus that trapped the students in the school remains deadly and only with the help of the parents does life go on. But with the addition of a new group of students, the dynamic changes and loyalties shift. Will must deal with his epilepsy and Lucy must toughen up. And do their feelings for each other have any chance of surviving? Thomas knows how to write a compelling story with flawed characters and intense situations, but the graphic violence, sexual situations, and use of strong language make this most appropriate for more mature readers. Buy where the first book is popular.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843369
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Quarantine Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 146,441
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lex Thomas is the author team made up of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. 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 worked as an actor, director, and writer. In addition writing screenplays, he heads development at Cinespire Entertainment, a boutique production company (www.cinespire.com).

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 create and exhibit realist oil paintings. To see his work, visit www.thomasvoorhies.com.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    this is a must read book. I cant wait for the next one,it kept m

    this is a must read book. I cant wait for the next one,it kept me up late wanting more until the very end. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Great

    Great gory series- hard to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

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    Not very interesting. The main character david is not ir hardly mentioned its still a good read but since the main character Daviid is not really part of it i lost intrest. Age: 14 up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Contagious: Chapter 2

    "You could WHAT?" Ratchet gives me an exasperated look. "Mini nuke them." <br>
    "The bunker would be destroyed by then!" <br>
    "So what?" <br>
    "Zombies could invade at any moment and it would be really really bad!" Yu speaks up. <br>
    "He's right. There has to be another solution!" <br>
    Henry shoots a matter-of-fact glance at Tsubasa and yells, "My fire!" I have to jump in to stop them while Finnick examines the door. "Only way out is to undo the fire." We all look at Henry, who throws up his hands as if to surrender. He does the same ritual again and we practically fall out of the bunker. A girl and a boy greet us. "The zombies are coming." I nod, because I know this. I guess they're the other destined ones, the sword, from my bracelet. <p>
    Henrietta pushes them aside to examine some cupboards up ahead. "Henry! Come here a sec!" Henry runs to her side and traces the cupoard's frame. "Fitzfaeren..." <br>
    "The queen of that world wanted our belongings." <br>
    "Let's see what else is there. Endor." <br>
    "Heck no! I hate that one!" <br>
    "Commonwealth." <br>
    "Aren't they still at war?" <br>
    "True..." Henry freezes, running his fingers over a cherry-wood cupboard. "I thought this was the replica of my wall, but I've never seen this one." <br>
    "Let's go through." We all nod and, one by one, climb into the cupboard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Wow

    Not many authors now a days will go so deep into what teenagers are thinking. They will usually skirt around the topics such as sex and murder. This book however was not the case, it was a raw and at the same time wonderful book. I was not able to put this book and the many cliffhangers will drive me crazy until the next book. However, I woulf recommand this book for 9th graders and up.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    Whoa. This is, without a doubt, a very difficult book to read.


    Whoa.

    This is, without a doubt, a very difficult book to read. If you have any squeamishness at all about violence, teen sex, sheer brutality for no reason other than pleasure, you should not pick up this book. As for the target audience, yes, it is Young Adult in the sense that it's entirely about high school kids but I really think it's inappropriate for younger teens. If it were a movie (and, apparently, it will be if things pan out), it should be rated R. That's unlikely, of course, since it would be difficult to market with such a rating but I don't know how they're going to soften this story for a PG-13 rating when it revolves so aggressively around those elements that make this R-worthy.

    That's the very reason I am torn about this book. From beginning to end, the savagery that is to be found on nearly every page is almost overwhelming, to the point of making me so uncomfortable I wondered why I kept reading---and, yet, I did. Partly, it's because of the trainwreck effect when you just can't look away but, as tough as it was to read, this is an intense look at a society gone completely to ruin and that is what kept me riveted.

    Certainly, there are flaws. It was impossible for me to really like anyone but that doesn't mean I didn't care about them, just that this second book in the trilogy allows for no remaining vestiges of gentleness, kindness, courtesy or decency, the traits that enable us to get along with one another. A few individuals love others in one fashion or another but, for the most part, it's every boy---or girl---for himself or herself. That is an element that's particularly noticeable, that the girls are every bit as ruthlesss and cruel as the boys. We do get to know a few of them better, especially Will and Lucy, but I can't say that either one has grown on me much since the first book. Lucy has at least learned to be strong for herself, almost foolhardy, but Will is still rather whiny, although with flashes of being more likeable.

    After two books, we still know pretty much nothing about what's happening outside the school, just dribs and drabs, not nearly enough to understand if anyone is trying to find a cure or even how far the virus has spread. I also find it hard to believe that the parents, who are now in charge of keeping the kids alive, make no effort to identify themselves; just knowing that some of them still have families would give these kids hope.

    Most of all, the violence in The Saints is nearly unbearable, particularly because something vicious happens constantly, either physically or psychologically. I think the authors' point is that, when you live surrounded by such violence, it becomes second nature and you lose your humanity. While that is generally true, we have all heard of people who rise above such a life and that's what is lacking here, the few kids who would stand fast against the violence. In an interesting if pointless diversion from the usual horrific behavior, one scene, which actually does not involve an altercation between kids, is exceptionally stomach-churning and, to me, was truly gratuitous; as an obvious allusion to Lord of the Flies, it is completely unnecessary to the story and only draws comparisons to that earlier book.

    All that aside, I did find much to keep me reading in spite of my reservations and I applaud the authors for making a very harsh story eminently engaging in spite of the gore. If I still had a bookstore, I would be extremely careful to whom I would recommend this but it would most likely be those readers who can look beyond the surface to what lies beneath. This is truly a modern-day morality tale and I'm very curious about what is to come in the third book, coming out in Summer 2014.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    I had had mixed feelings about the first book in this series, Q


    I had had mixed feelings about the first book in this series, Quarantine: The Loners, because I had some issues with a couple of the characters and some of the motivations for different events that occurred in the story. This installment, however, pulled things together for me a lot more. Before I started reading, I was actually really concerned that I might not like it, because the only character I had truly liked in the first book, I knew, was probably not going to appear very much, if at all, in this installment. That mean I was going to have to throw my support in for Will and Lucy, and I had issues with both of them in book one. BUT I needn't have worried.

    In the first book, Will was a spoiled whiny-butt to me, and I almost couldn't stand to read passages about him. In this book, however, my opinion of Will totally changed. He's alone now, has to fend for himself and what's left of his gang, and take care of Lucy. The dynamics of the gang is broken up, however, and Will is largely left on his own. I think this grows him up quite a bit. He was smarter in this story, more mature, gave thought for some others before himself, and he grew some bravery that rounded him out and just made him a more likeable character for me. I was definitely rooting for him.

    Lucy, too, changes almost completely in this story. I liked her in the first one, but in it, she was largely mousy and not very brave. In this story, without people looking after her quite so much, she had to learn to fend for herself quite a bit. She worked at it, got smart and brave, with a touch of ruthless in her that I didn't expect but nevertheless welcomed. In the case of both characters, I really enjoyed the growth.

    I felt like the story itself really got us somewhere this time. There was progress, both with the addition of some new kids from outside, and from the arrival of some other characters that changed the dynamic in the school a little bit. Although rough and deadly, I don't think this book was quite as brutal as the previous one... but that has largely to do with some events that occur that change things a bit.

    The ending gave me a big shocker I wasn't expecting, but was actually happy about. All in all, this was a really good book that kept me interested from page one. I love where the author is going with this one, and I will definitely be looking for book three. Great installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Bookworm

    I have no idea what to say about this book i got the book before it came out and i thought it would be not that good but i just loved it i want to read the third book i mean where did lex thomas get an idea to write this awesome effin book i cant wait till thr third book i want to know sooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

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    4.5 stars

    Gah, I don't know where to start this...this book was intense! I mean I actually had a dream I was in it. Not sure if it was because I read it before bed or it was just that good.

    It starts right where the last book leaves off. These strangers open the door and tells them freedom is just on the other side. But only for majority of the people it doesn't happen. A bus slams into the only way out. All but 10 of the Loners make it out. So since their gang is so small, they decided to join others. Will is stuck on his own until the strangers, newly named the Saints, take him in. There was some wild parties and just plain craziness.

    This book went between the POV's of mainly Lucy and Will. Will is so much better in this one. He grew up a lot and realized how much David did for him. Lucy on the other hand irritated me some. Her back and forth with Will was almost giving me whiplash. Sam is not as crazy in this one that's because there's a new manic on the loose. He makes Sam look like a kitten.

    Just a warning - this books has a lot more violence than the last one. Some of the fighting was so gruesome it actually churned my stomach. There was one scene with a pig. *Gag* I can't believe how this ended. I was shocked. I can't wait until the next book to come out.

    *I received this book from NetGalley*

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