by Tom Leveen


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Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and wily troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419708053
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 885,561
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Leveen is the author of Party, Zero, and manicpixiedreamgirl.Zero was named to YALSA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This is his first foray into the horror genre. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Sick 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I pick up this story, cause well you know me. I love zombies. And a zombie tale in a high school? I’m so there! Plot: This story follows a few teenagers who get stuck in a zombie apocalypse while there are in school. One thing that really captures me in the story, is the piece by piece information of watching people get sick. First it starts off as a cold, then is escalades into a zombie feast. It’s crazy reading each chapter and watching the horrors unfold before the readers eyes. Another great aspect of the story is watching these characters, Brian, Chad, Laura and Kenzie go from teenagers to just trying to survive the day. It had an excellent plot that I would dive into again. ZOMBIES: What would you do if a zombie outbreak happen at your school? You leave the school and then you see it everywhere. It’s on the street, people are running and screaming. You look for your loved ones right? That is what Brain does. He goes on this mission to find his sister Kenzie and his ex-girl Laura. Of course, when a zombie apocalypse happens deep secrets are exposed. This apocalypse lead Brian to look at things differently. It gives Brian strength to do what he needs to do and save the ones he loves. Ending: After all the zombie craziness has happen, the ending is bittersweet. Friends have been lost and actions are done that can’t be taken back. Not to mention the change that happen in both Brian and his friends life. They are not the same. Some for the better and some bad. This is an awesome book to take you on that adventure you need. The familiar movement of life and then hits the unexpected. Sick is an successful story of survival. It captures all the emotions that teens have with the umph of fighting and thought -provoking plot. Sick is gallant.
book_for_ya More than 1 year ago
Sick by Tom Leveen is an intense heart-pounding zombie novel that is jampacked with fight scenes, marrow-eating zombies and lots and lots of gore. A scary page-turner that zombie fanatics will surely love.  It was just an ordinary Tuesday for Brian and his friends -- doing their usual shenanigans and skipping classes to hang out in Chad's house -- unaware of the horror that will happen later that day. They were in the theater department when all hell breaks loose and the school announced a lockdown. Brian, along with his bestfriend Chad and a few drama geeks boarded up all the entryway after witnessing the attack of the infecteds, killing their teacher and some of their classmates and friends. They're safe and stuck inside but Brian's sister, Kenzie and ex-girlfriend, Laura, were still out there, in danger and in who knows what condition. The disease was spreading fast all over the state and with their calls not connecting to 911, Brian doesn't know how long they will last inside. How will these misfits and outcasts escape this hellhole, you ask? Well, you have to find that out for yourself. Anyway, Sick was horrifying and very graphic, I'm surprise I didn't lose my lunch while reading it. But even though it was grossing me out and gave me the creepy chills, I can't seem to stop reading it. It was so exciting and I was so eager to know about what will happen next.  Brian was a well-developed character. He was a good guy with flaws, a risk-taker, a good friend, a loving brother, and a caring boyfriend. I was really touched when he told everyone what happened to his sister when she was nine and tears ran down my cheeks when Kenzie thanked him for everything before they head out to their last plan. I also loved Chad. He acted as a tough guy, hot-tempered and always looking for a fight but I can see that he can be a really sweet guy, if he wanted to. He was a bit of jerk with Travis, the gay drama actor, in the beginning but that changed in the latter part of the story. The other characters who also stood out was Damon(the comedian), Jaime(the Mexican drama geek leader), and Cammy(the badass cheer captain).  Also, this book has character development, depth and emotion in it. It is not just about marrow-eating, zombie killing or ass-kicking. It's more than that. It's about life, family, friendship, survival, decisions and sacrifice. And even though it ends with a heartbreaking death and an open ending, it still leaves us with a tiny glimmer of hope that maybe, someday, everything will be back to normal.  Overall, Sick is an awesome book, a perfect read for the upcoming Halloween season. So if your not squeamish and like bone-breaking, flesh-eating, blood-spewing, face-melting, not-technically-dead zombies and doesn't mind a few profanity here and there, then this book is for you. 
Anonymous 10 months ago
Despite some spelling errors, this book is a delight. Quick paced, engrossing, and fun. I couldn't stop turning pages.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Sick by Tom Leveen is an action-packed zombie book centered on several mischievous high schoolers. Everything in the story seemed normal at first- the main characters cut class, the readers got a feel for rowdy high schooler's personalities, and the romance interests were introduced- and then the zombie apocalypse strikes. The contagious zombie disease spreads and eventually reaches the main character's high school. Among all the chaos and confusion, the unruly individuals fight for their lives, as well as their family and friends' lives. Although the whole zombie epidemic aspect was appealing, there were a few things that made it hard for me to read this book. One of these things were that the main characters weren't relatable at all. I get that they are rebellious, imperfect teenagers that despised going to school, but they were the kind of stereotypical misfits you would find in a cheesy movie your parents used to watch. All the characters were generally the same and didn't really have depth. But, I do like that the characters weren't perfect protagonists. They really did develop through the story, but the dialogue and how they acted just irked me. The other major thing that made the book so hard to read was that the plot was extremely straight forward. It was pretty predictable and only zombies. Just really descriptive action scenes between the characters and the diseased. Personally, I like more complex plots, but for others, the simplicity may be a good thing. Other than these two major flaws, Sick was a decent read. It was extremely descriptive and imaginative. The action was gory, violent, and intense. I would recommend this book to teens who have a taste for action and gore. Amanda T., age 14, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa
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I forgot why l came here... there was some sort of reason. Dx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits quietly. I cant be here any more. She leaves.
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Sits down, laying his feet on a coffee table