by Yvonne Ventresca


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The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region!

Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak—her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey—Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510703902
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,225,862
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Yvonne Ventresca is a young adult author with two previously published nonfiction books and numerous articles for print and online publications. She currently resides with her husband and two teenage children in New Jersey.

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Winner of the 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Atlantic region

Shortlisted for the West Australian Young Readers Book Award

“The best novels are multi-layered, presenting the reader with new questions at every turn of the page. Pandemic is truly exceptional in that regard—its teen protagonist, Lily, is stuggling with a dark secret from her past, her first tentative romances, and a horrifying pandemic that throws her town into utter chaos. Ventresca’s debut novel will appeal to those who love realistic coming of age stories, romances, or disaster fiction. Bravo!” —Mike Mullin, award-winning author of the Ashfall trilogy

“Yvonne Ventresca’s debut novel hits the ground running and never stops until the last page. This fast paced story about a teen who struggles to regain her sense of safety after an assault will have you reading well into the night. You’ll have to find out how Lil survives . . . alone . . . surrounded by death . . . and fearful her attacker will return at any moment. Pandemic is an exciting new addition to young adult books.” —C. Lee McKenzie, author of Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas

“A suspenseful, authentic, and emotional narrative makes Pandemic a gripping and powerful story. . . . Riveting and terrifyingly real with moments of hope that shine through when you least expect it, Pandemic is one that will stay with you long after you read the last page.” —Amalie Howard, author of the Alpha Goddess and Aquarathi series and the Riven Chronicles

“As is to be expected in an apocalyptic novel, there is no shortage of tension or death and a few gruesomely dead bodies, but teen disaster fans will likely appreciate that the high schoolers are portrayed as good, helpful people, but certainly not perfect.” Booklist

“This is an engrossing apocalyptic story, told through Lil’s eyes and newsfeeds as her neighborhood, then the East Coast, and finally the entire U.S. buckles to its knees as the pandemic spreads. . . . Themes of friendship and coming together in a crisis carry the novel.” School Library Journal

“Ventresca just manages to take it to new and interesting places by making her main character one who is forced to deal with the emotional struggles of abuse in the midst of the end of the world.” School Library Journal/Teen Librarian Toolbox

“In her first novel, Ventresca pulls together three unrelated themes to create a medical thriller/romance. . . . This realistic page-turner will keep most readers enthralled.” Kirkus Reviews

“I can honestly say this is one of my favorite reads thus far this year and easily ranks in my top 25 favorite disaster novels. Yeah, it is that good. . . . It is obvious the author has done her homework.” Survival Weekly

Pandemic is a fast and gripping story. . . . The plot never failed to impress me; there was always a surprise around the corner.” Teen Ink

“I love how the author spins her own unique twist into what might have been yet another deadly-disease-plague-that-kills-everyone story.” YA Books Central

Pandemic is a win. I never put it down, and never wanted to. It terrified me, excited me, and moved me. It even threw in some swooniness and charm just for giggles.” The YA Buzz

“An intriguing story about emotional trauma, fear, danger, and the will to survive you won’t want to put down.”

“This book really speaks about the resiliency of the human spirit.” Shelf Full of Books

“The brilliance of this book lies in its simplicity, its crispness, its

economy of detail, its characterization, and especially in its mastery

• f psychological horror.” Boy Book of the Month Blog

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Pandemic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect teen pandemic plot. The story deals with all the 'what if' senarios that could happen in a small town stricken with a new strain of flu. The focus is on one girl who is alone when the sickness starts, both parents away with no way to get home. Though she feels prepped and prepared with extra food and supplies, she soon faces lifes new reality of death, looters and worse. Gathering friends together she begins to rebuild both her life and those around her by helping others in need. This book is well written and thought provoking. The author was kind enough to give us a complete story in one book. Jp
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
This was much more than end of the world as we know it story. Sure, there’s the mysterious illness that kills the majority of the world’s population. But, it’s more about a young teenager, Lilianna, and how she copes with everything that occurs. The illness spreads globally at a fast pace. People are cut off from each. Communication is spotty and many don’t know if their loved ones survived. Lilianna is home alone, coping with something disturbing that happened to her at school when it strikes. She navigates many unknowns as she seeks other survivors and struggles to survive. This was a very good story. I enjoy apocalyptic scenarios, and while the plot wasn’t anything new, the character’s drove a powerful story of survival. Lil had to set aside that which haunted her in order to help others. She came across as very genuine and it was wonderful to watch her step into the role as care giver for young ones left alone when their parents succumbed to the virus. A well written plot and fast read, and I’ll be checking out other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok book. It could of used some more action. Not worth $10 its more of a 2.99 if you ask me. It raised no strong emotions.
Booklover899 More than 1 year ago
With the recent ebola outbreak, Pandemic's plotline becomes scarily real. Teen Lil Snyder is dealing with 2 traumas in her life, and with her parents out of town, she's on her own while the epidemic rages. Lil's been preparing for disaster, so she's ready for any disaster. But no amount of planning can help when she confronts a terror from her past. In this gripping dystopian, Lil must face her fears. And sometimes heroes are found in the most unlikely places. Once you pick this book up, you'll find it hard to put down until you reach the end.
nikiofware More than 1 year ago
Yvonne Ventresca’s PANDEMIC is an eerily true look at what might happen if a deadly illness spread across the US and the world.  In it, Liliana’s parents are away on business  when the outbreak occurs. Alone until they can make it back, Liliana, a doomsday prepper, stuggles to stay alive while her friends and neighbors are dropping like flies and dangerous looters scour the neighborhood for much needed supplies. As the world around her crumbles and Liliana tries to keep herself under quarantine, she finds she can’t help but let others in and finds herself caught up in a humanitarian effort to help.  Throughout the story Liliana’s struggles not only come from the exterior focus of the pandemic, but also from some inner turmoil dredged from her past. Eventually both converge and the healing that comes is a lesson born out of tragedy.  While the threat of Ebola makes front page news these days, Ventresca’s story hits eerily close to home while offering hope among the panic. As in every disaster, human nature pulls together in the midst of tragedy and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and I stumbled upon this book while browsing in the library. I read about he book and it looked interesting so I decided to give it a chance. From the minute I opened that book I didn't put it down until I finished it. I finished it in one day. This book was so captivating. The plotline was so addicting that it had me rooting for Lil and Jay and all the other characters. To think that this was Ventrescas first novel is astounding. She did such a great job. Im definitely looking forward to her next book.
MsRC More than 1 year ago
This YA dystopian novel had me gripped until the end, wanting to know what happens to Lilianna and her family and friends during a  killer flu epidemic. Unfortunately for Lil, both of her parents are out of town when the flu breaks out locally and she is left to try and  survive on her own. The story was exceptionally well-developed and written, fast-paced and scarily realistic. I couldn't put this book  down and found myself reading it from cover-to-cover over the course of one day. A great read! 
SharonSorokinJames More than 1 year ago
Pandemic is a gripping story that artfully meshes dystopia with hope, growth and change.  I love Lilianna, and I love the fact that her weaknesses become her strengths.  Without revealing too much about the plot (because you have to read it), the novel is set against the angst of high school, real life issues, and a sudden pandemic (flu) that ravages the country.  All of the difficult topics in the book are treated with sensitivity and truthfulness.  Lilianna is a believable character and I think young adult readers will identify with her.  The novel is well-paced, the writing smooth, and the story satisfying.  All together, a terrific read. Highly recommended. 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Pandemic because I am interesting in illnesses and if there is an epidemic what the backlash would be. I wanted to see a teen in this situation and how she would survive.      Lil has changed in the last few months, and we come in right before the illness starts to spread. She is smoking and stockpiling things in case something happens. Her dad is in the field of viruses and illnesses and her mom is a health watch dog. So, she has insight into preparation and prevention against pandemics. She channels her helplessness from what happened to her into trying to be prepared for a disaster. Its her coping mechanism. And of course, as in novels, her knowledge and research and family ties as well as hoarding supplies is going to come in handy as the plot progressed.      I can relate with Lil because she feels so down and that bad things are always going to happen. But she takes that to the extreme where with my past trauma and issues, I just focus on one day at a time. She's been skipping class, can't concentrate and would rather read her google alerts for unexplained illness than study for history.      One thing that I didn't like was the kinda forced love triangle. There is Ethan, who she used to date before the devastating event, but she never confided in him. But to me, he was never a good choice, because he is so hover-y.  Then all of the sudden he is coming around again, and asking her to hang out. As for the second guy, she bumps into him several times before and they had some conversations and chemistry. Jay is a great listener, and they work together and combine resources once the virus hits. Things are intense, and so is their romance. I liked Jay though and their vibe and how they can be open and non-judgemental.     Lil and Megs, her best friend, had such a strong friendship. I loved reading about that in the beginning, when life was "normal." Megs nudges her to go to class and study, and is worried about her. They get to spend time together and Lil trusted her enough to confide what happened.  Not only friendship in this one, I love the family ties. Although Lil's parents aren't able to get home, they keep in as close contact as they can. Once the virus starts to spread it goes fast. It travels the coast and even the world quickly and it devastates in hot spots, but it is still crazy in who and when it hits.      So many people are lost in this one, and Lil struggles to keep it together. She is only a teen, but I love that the good in her and her strong humanitarian--help who you can, how you can kicks in. Its amazing how she bands together in the darkest hours of this pandemic with others and try to help others even through their grief, pain, and uncertainty.       The ending was pretty good. Even though their is still obviously going to be a lot of loss and grief to deal with, the survivors have began to knit together and help each other continue to live. The virus first wave in that area seems to have leveled off and they of course are working on a vaccine and taking preventions in order to deal with further crisis.      Bottom Line: Shows the strength of love, community, and bravery in a time of disease, death, and fear. 
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Pandemic' is a chillingly realistic young adult dystopian novel where the world suffers from a bird flu pandemic - which changes the world as they know it. The story was well crafted, if a little predictable, but the author wrote it in a way that made it feel like this could happen to our world in the near future. That fact alone made me sit back and think a bit about what would happen in that situation - what I would do; how I'd survive. After connecting with the plot in such a vivid fashion, it was easy for me to envision the world that the author built in the novel. Lili was a good main character for the book. She's basically just your average teenage girl - and then everything in the world breaks down in the wake of the bird flu pandemic. We see her flaws and strengths very clearly - she's deathly afraid and doesn't know if she'll see her family again; let alone survive the outbreak herself. But she gathers her strength and does what she has to in order to survive. She's smart, brave, and determined - which are all admirable qualities for a main character. I found her easy to relate to from the beginning of the book. The writing was well done with a pretty quick pace and lots of suspense and action. The author wrote from Lili's point of view as well as in a conversational tone, so it was easy to slip into the book alongside Lili. The writing style along with the characters and plot made this a really quick read for me. Although this concept isn't entirely original, the author does a good job getting the reader to relate to both the characters and the world as it falls apart around them. Recommended for fans of YA dystopias and science fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Lilianna is your typical girl except she likes to be prepared and stock food and emergency things. Her father works in a place that deals with diseases etc. He often comes home with stories for her so she hears it all first hand. She wasnt always like this. She was a model student and happy go lucky girl but when a traumatizing thing happens to her she draws into herself. She becomes the person she is.  She hears on the news that a flu has shaken some parts of America. People are coming down with it fast and a lot are dying. She is worried but not very. Then she starts hearing more and more news of deadly outbreaks closer to home and her parents are called away to cover the outbreak. She starts to get more food and essentials just in case. Then the flu hits home. Neighbours and friends are coming down with it and many are dying. School and businesses close down and the whole place grinds to a halt.  Lil is walking one day when she hears a baby crying non stop. She goes to the door only to find the mother dead and a baby in a crib. She has no choice but to take the baby home with her till she can find someone to card for him. She knows she has enough food and water for a while and that she will be ok, that is until she goes home to find she was looted. They took everything. What will she do? Who can she trust and with everyone dying will she be next? Well, this surprised me. I really really enjoyed it. It felt like something that could happen so was really creepy to read. I felt for Lil. After what happened her she finds it hard to trust. She has become a food hoarder because she feels the need to be prepared since she wasn't before. When the flu hits she struggles with staying indoors and being safe or going to help people. She finds it hard to share her food and medicine because in her mind its the only thing she can control. Even with her internal struggle she does what she has to and I admire her for it. She overcomes a lot of her fear.  There's a bit of romance through all the heartache. I didn't like the kinda love triangle. She doesn't know if she wants to get back with her ex or to go for the new guy. Im glad with who she did choose because he was awesome. The romance isn't a main issue of the book but I enjoyed it all the same.  I loved that the author put so much detail into the flu. It was realistic and down right scary. The idea that a Pandemic can happen is something we all think about every time we hear about an outbreak, like the birdflu or swineflu. What would we do and how would we survive. This is exactly what Pandemic is about, its a story of the struggle and heartache of a Pandemic. Its heartbreaking when Lil looses people close to her but yet she has no choice but to go on and survive. It definitely makes you think.  Pandemic is well written with pleanty of action. The pacing is fast and the plot is believable. When I started reading it was so hard to put down because I needed to see what happens next. Its a story of survival and beating the odds. I will definitely keep an eye on this author. Highly enjoyable and Ive no problem recommending. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pandemic is a book about about a girl that has to deal with the sudden outbreak of a deadly flu virus. As societal structure breaks down, she faces difficult moral choices as she has to deal with challenges large and small. This book was very readable, it continued a steady pace throughout, and I couldn't put it down. I planned to read the first few chapters, but ended staying up most of the night to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little book. Very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to this authors next book.