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Saturday, June 16, 2012

REVIEW: The Loners by Lex Thomas

Title: The Loners (Quaranteen, #1)
Author: Lex Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Published: EgmontUSA (July 10th 2012)
ISBN: 160684329X (ISBN13: 9781606843291)

About the Author:

Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now writes, and exhibits his realist oil paintings in Los Angeles. Lex and Thomas met in a writers' group in Los Angeles. Their friendship developed as they tried to blow each other's minds with clips from bizarre movies. In 2005, they became a screenwriting team, and found that writing with a friend is much more fun than doing it alone. QUARANTINE: THE LONERS is their first novel.


It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. 

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me, I rarely read Dystopian YA books, but I found this one amazing.

I got hooked the first time I saw the description (and the cover), I instantly fell in love with it. I was captivated by the first part and couldn't stop myself until it was finished.

There were a lot of fun elements in this one. The fast pace keeps it entertaining and the twists holds your attention. It was very intriguing, I just wanted to know what was going on and that kept me reading. Another thing that I enjoyed was reading about strong young adult characters that could take care of themselves.

I just really liked the story, the story literally sucked me in, and although I did put the book down a few times I just kept thinking about it and wanted to know how it would end. Though the ending wasn't as powerful as I would have preferred, I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good book.

Another YA Novel that has me waiting anxiously for book number two! 

My Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars
An excellent read.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme made by The Story Siren.

For Review:

1. Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh

2. The Loners by Lex Thomas

3. Tap Out by Eric Divine

4. Angel & Faith Volume 1 by Christos Gage

5. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

6. Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan
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