The Loners (Quarantine Series #1)

The Loners (Quarantine Series #1)

by Lex Thomas


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ISBN-13: 9781606844380
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Series: Quarantine Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 73,503
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, who met in a writers' group and bonded over their mutual fascination with B-movies. Visit them at

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The Loners (Quarantine Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
365_Books_A_Year More than 1 year ago
I have two sons- one of them a teenager. I was just bemoaning the fact that there's a point at which boys seem to stop reading. Say around age 9-12. Why? To some extent, they run out of stuff to read. There is just not enough fiction being published that's appealing to teenage boys. So, they don't read and because they don't read, nothing much gets published that teenage boys will like. Because it won't sell, because teenage boys don't read. Kind of a big circular mess, actually. I'm mentioning this because if you have a teenage boy at home who is a reluctant reader, this is the book for him. In fact, this would be my 2012 pick for Reluctant Male Readers. However, I think the very things that boys will like about this book are things that (some) parents may have problems with. For starters, it's violent. Not just violent, but it contains very graphic violence. Second, there are sexual situations. For me personally as a parent, I find violence and sex in books less offensive and troublesome than in movies, TV, and video games. There's something about having a visual image that's more disturbing and video mediums lack the ability to convey the thought processes going on in a character's head. That whole gratuitous sex and violence thing that I think is common in movies, TV, and video games and is actually relatively rare in YA books. There are two major things that are appealing in this book. The first is a must for teenage boys- that something is always happening. This book is well-paced and there are constant twists, turns, and action. The plot consistently moves forward. As a parent, the thing I most liked about the book was the relationship between the two brothers- David and Will. I have two sons and my husband is one of four boys- three of them even went to high school at the same time. I found the relationship between David and Will to be both real and touching. The authors really captured the love/hate/competition thing that brothers- especially those close in age- seem to have.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty sure that the expression on my face while reading this book was pretty much mouth wide open with eyes bugged out.  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas was not at all what I had expected!  While I was expecting a story about infected students hunting down the survivors riddled all throughout the school and infecting them as well, what I found was something much worse, and in a way, even more frightening. David Thorpe thought that the worst thing about going back to school (senior year for David, and new high school student for Will) was facing a party incident gone wrong and facing the music.  Will Thorpe is just happy to be starting high school.  But when David’s teacher pretty much self-combusts in front of him, followed by an explosion that causes the school to crumble all around him, David, his brother, and the surviving students of McKinley high’s lives are forever changed…and not necessarily for the better. Turns out, the students are all infected with a virus that basically makes them very deadly to any adults.  Just being in the vicinity of one of them will cause them suffer a horrible death.  A virus so awful, that the students themselves are susceptible to it once they are of age.  The only light at the end of the tunnel is surviving until “graduation day”, where they are tested and if the virus is no longer found, they are granted their freedom to the outside world.  And so the military have quarantined them all in their high school, dropping off their food and rations via helicopter from atop the school into an open courtyard (very Hunger Games-esque).  The students are free to grab what they need and do what they need to survive. Unfortunately, a very real Lord of the Flies scenario plays out and the students start breaking apart into groups forming tribes of their very own.  Survival of the fittest really becomes important when it comes to staying alive.  The jocks have formed an uber strong tribe that pretty much rules the “land”, with the cheerleaders as their female counterpart.  Things slowly become less than perfect when the race for food turns into a deadly match.  Food and goods are bartered amongst the different tribes, and a new community is born. Unfortunately for David and Will, David’s violent outburst at a party makes him numero uno on the leader of the jocks’ (Sam) hit list.  And his brother, Will, is not safe, just by association.  With bounties being placed on his head, and his need to survive and protect his brother, David is constantly looking over his shoulder, and lurking in the shadows.  Questions of who to trust and who not to trust constantly in his head, it seems that David’s days are numbered, and when he’s gone, who will protect Will? Craziness!  This story was complete craziness.  I was surprised time and time again, and blown away by the violence and imagery found in the pages.  The author(s) did an amazing job in describing the chaos that happens inside the school.  They instilled fear while reading through the pages.  I was constantly worried for David and his brother, Will.  I wondered when Sam would finally get the vengeance he has been yearning for, time and time again. I couldn’t get over the fact that these every day students turned into these savage beasts that had a “who no mercy” mentally towards each other.  I can’t even begin to imagine how things would be if this type of incident really did happen.  And the twists and turns that came up time and time again were insane.  Once I thought that things just couldn’t get any worse for these kids, and o.m.g situation happens and I’m blown away once again. What did bother me was David’s little brother, Will.  I couldn’t stand his attitude at times, and I was annoyed with his hate for his brother.  I mean come on!  Can’t he see that his brother is doing all he can so that he’ll live!  Even if it means his own life! ARGHH!  You would think that in such a dire situation that having your brother…your blood…with you to try and survive this ordeal would bring you closer.  Nope, Will didn’t want to have anything to do with it, and that chip on his should only got bigger and bigger! All in all, Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas was a very entertaining read that took me away to a savage and cruel world that only lived in my nightmares.  Fans of The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies type reads will devour this read.  I for one, cannot wait to start reading book 2 in this series and see what craziness will ensue this time!
terferj More than 1 year ago
This book was fan-freaking-tastic! It pulled me in right at the beginning. I kept wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens. Imagine the first day of school there's an explosion, teachers dying right in front of you, and no way out. That's what these kids experienced. They had no idea for weeks to what's going on until one day the military set up a station. They explained how this virus came about and who is infected with it. So they're in quarantine until they get to a certain age and leave through the station. Things are pretty grim. Everyone splits off into gangs except for the unwanted, David, and Will. David does something heroic and people wanted him to be the leader of a new gang but he was hesitant at first. He was a good person to lead, he cared about other people's well being. His brother, Will, on the other hand was self-centered and obnoxious. I didn't like him for most of the book. He did come through near the end though but only after a brutal mishap. Sam was the villain in the story. He was psychotic and had a vendetta against David. I'm excited to read the next book with the way this one ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished the book yet, but from what i have read so far is it is such a good book. can't wait for summer 2013 for the second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the first page to the last and wish it would have kept going.....can hardly wait for the next one! This reminded me of "The Lord of the Flies" except in a school. High School students coming together to create their own gangs to survive...very interesting. Great story, great characters. Can hardly wait to find out what happens on the outside.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
I have such mixed feelings about this book that I hardly know where to begin. The truth is, there is a lot wrong with it but I still kept right on reading, couldn’t make myself stop. What’s up with that? For one thing, for a post-disaster scenario, which is pretty nearly always completely unrealistic, this one is way out there in left field. Here you have a school full of teens that have been cordoned off from the outside world. So far, so good. Why this has happened is at first a mystery to the teens and I can buy that, too. What gives me serious pause is what happens within minutes of the teens first realizing something is wrong. Can you imagine our government quarantining an entire school so fast and so competently? Also, why do the adults on the outside cut off all communication with the kids and why do they fail to provide the necessities of life on a regular basis? Well, I suppose these questions are a large part of why I kept reading—I needed to know why even more than what. In some ways, Quarantine can be compared to Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, especially in the extreme violence and anarchy that develops and yet…it isn’t really anarchy. The gangs that these 1,000 teens form, based largely on their school hierarchy during normal times, rings true because teens tend to want to belong to groups. The violence is to be expected also when you understand just what they’re up against if they want to survive. The gangs are very distinct and this is one of the aspects of the story I really enjoyed. Each gang has a name and distinguishing colors, each has a leader, each has a responsibility for one or more aspects of life under quarantine, each is feared by the other gangs. There are a couple of gangs that are expectedly in the forefront, particularly the Varsity and the Pretty Ones, but the authors do a great job of building the reader’s empathy for all of them in one way or another. Another thing the authors do well is come up with details that make the reader really understand the perils these kids face and how they react, such as the way they dispose of bodies and the barter system they develop. Protagonists Will and David are much like most brothers, full of love and antagonism, and the obligatory love triangle with Lucy actually comes about more naturally than in many other young adult novels. I did feel, though, that the extreme hatred Sam has for David is a stretch and Will’s self-centeredness and unwillingness to do his part is a bit much but these elements do add a great deal to the premise. Character development outweighs plot and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I had issues with the way the government/military respond to the situation and with the behavior of the virus, especially how fast it kills and how it is spread, and these are the absurdities that most bothered me in the construction of the story, along with the difficulty I had tracking the passage of time. On the other hand, the pace of the book is breakneck and I can truly say I was never bored. What goes on with the kids is both disturbing and compelling and that is what made me have to finish. Despite its shortcomings, Quarantine is a thriller you don’t want to miss but, because of the violence and sheer darkness, I’d recommend it for older teens and up. I must admit I also couldn’t resist a story whose first line is “Someone must have bitten off her nose.” Now that’s a grabber if I ever saw one so I guess I’ll have to read the next book, especially if I want to find out where the cliffhanger in this one is going to take us next. And I most certainly do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is one thing I hate most.... Waiting! I can not wait until the next book. Lex thomas I hope you start writing. This was a fantastic book and I cant wait until the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the trilogy in 4 days. The authirs visited my school and I bought the books, finally read them and I wish I had sooner. Great story, just enough romance and you connect with it easily. Plus, everyone likes apocalytic books! READ THEM? YES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book. Amazing.
karen813 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Quarantine is set in what could be any suburban high school and examines how a society might develop when all of the students are locked in the school after the release of deadly virus. Brothers David and Will attempt to navigate this new society and fly under the radar, avoiding the attention of the more popular and deadly cliques throughout the school. They are moderately successful until they rescue Lucy, a target of one of the cliques, and find themselves in the crosshairs of a class war. Quarantine is an interesting look at how groups form and just how survival of the fittest works. I thought the story was well developed and the characters were compelling. It did seem a little far fetched at times and I had some trouble believing all of the plot elements. It was also extremely violent and while I thought the violence fit the tone of the book and was important to the storyline, it did make the book less enjoyable for me. This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
dgoo on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I read this page turner in a few days--while moving and packing with two kids under six. It was a good escape and quite engaging. I am a big fan of future dystopia/post-apocalyptic fiction. Fans of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner Trilogy, Divergent, Delerium/Pandemonium should enjoy Quaranteen. The lead male characters are well developed and the world that develops when the teens are locked in a school with limited resources seemed fairly realistic, though surpirising enough in it's details to make me want to finish it quickly. It's sort of a Lord of the Flies redux. The lead female characters were a bit one-dimesional though. I look forward to the sequel.
jackies-review-4 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book it has a great storyline and plot twist that will make you want to keep reading. The story follow the main character,David as he tries to survive living in his own personal hell (high school). Where almost everyone is out to get him and the only place that he is safe is within his own gang. And all he want to do is just survive long enough to make it to graduation and finally get out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are the best books in the world. SOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sons in love with this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one problem i had between the book was Will x lucy Lucy x david David x lucy David x hilary Hilary x sam Hilary x david
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this wasn't the deal 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is similar to the Enemny series, except there are no zombie-like creatures. It is a good book, though. It is risque, action-y and has a nice little love triangle thing goin on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series reminds me of The Enemy series.CANT WAIT TO READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds exactley like the enemy series by charles higson 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down once I started reading it. I really enjoyed the organization of the plot outline because from the introduction all the way to the end, I was intrigued at what would happen next. Will and David Thrope are the definition of plot-twisting characters with their emotions, actions, and thoughts. I was most surprised when I first read about the conflicting relationship the brothers had over Lucy and how it damaged their overall relationship to the end. I felt Lex Thomas not only portrayed the characters correctly, but the plot as well. McKinley high school is an opportune setting for this book because I thought it really helped capture the secluded scenes and the stealth aspect of a few of the night walks that Will took. This book is on my favorites list and has had me wanting to read the second one. Lex Thomas did a fantastic job with capturing a dark yet hopeful theme in Quarantine: The Loners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly good read. It was dark, violent, and held an interesting plot. The ending was unexpected and made me wan to read the rest of the series. Good YA dystopian novel. -Sharae M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They all padded in. Rainfall put on some herbs to stop itching. Slash sighed.
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