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“I found the first few chapters of the book amazing. It gave you a great post-apocalyptic setting and introduces these characters who head the trade going on in the United States now. But, that all is completely irrelevant to the story because they never play an actual role. Instead the book is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I found the first few chapters of the book amazing. It gave you a great post-apocalyptic setting and introduces these characters who head the trade going on in the United States now. But, that all is completely irrelevant to the story because they never play an actual role. Instead the book is about a boy, who has to deal with bullying and school. I just wish that the author focused on the amazing setting he made and not some small little town that's peaceful. I felt like I had to force myself to read.”Scott S wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely interesting and suspenseful. Always moving and keeping the reader interested”Alex Peters wrote this review Friday, November 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not one of my favorites. I liked Stephen, but the book didn't make me think any differently about what I know or suspect about the world if a pandemic or even biological warfare strikes in modern times. ”TLC wrote this review Sunday, November 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“havent read all of it but it was a 5 star book”Bukhari wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this!! I can't wait to give this to my students - they'll eat it up!! Great post-apocalypse story.”Kim Sheibley wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“.”Adrianna Corona wrote this review Monday, October 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““It was no plague, it was a blessing. Surviving it, that’s the real plague.” The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, is about a boy who is living in America after a nuclear war against China. The whole place is destroyed and most of the population was killed by a plague. I would recommend this book to others, because the author used many stylistic devices, contrasted different elements in the book, and made the characters act realistically other people and with the environment. I like how the author develops the characters, because it’s interesting to see how the characters change their way of thinking throughout the course of the book.
The book is basically about how a boy named Stephen survives in a dystopian world after a nuclear war. His grandfather always taught him that surviving is more important, and to only help yourself. On the contrary, his father always cared for others and tried to help whoever needed it. When his father tries to rescue slaves from their captors, he soon falls into a 30 foot hole and into a coma after attempting to escape from them. After the accident, Stephen blames his father for trying to help others when he could have just stayed out of trouble and he starts thinking like his grandfather. He tries to take care of his father, and suddenly a group of people show up and take him to their settlement named Settler’s Landing. Slowly but surely, his attitude changes as he meets new friends and eventually he starts caring about the other things in life like learning about the world, and becoming the person that he wants to be.
The author wrote the book in a way so that the readers could guess what could happen next based on the character’s thoughts, however, there was almost always a twist. If Stephen was thinking about what his father might do for example, he would probably do something that helps others and there would be a some kind of a drawback. At the end of the book, Stephen tried to kill the leader of the slavers to protect the people of Settler’s Landing, but ends up in chains. I like the way he uses foreshadowing, because it’s both predictable and non-predictable at the same time. He repeats the views of surviving and caring for others throughout the book, and I think the author did this so that the readers could notice Stephen’s thoughts changing when he found different challenges. The repetition makes us remember that Stephen has two ways of looking at life, and how caring for others is a good way to go even when trying to survive.
I think it’s interesting that there is a settlement near Settler’s Landing named Fort Leonard. They are ‘enemies’, and it’s cool how the two viewpoints can also relate to their relationship. Even though they don’t really know the settlement, the people of Settler’s Landing assume they are enemies, just because they want to survive. I like how the author made the settlements not realize that if they work together as one big community, they could help each other out and have better lives. I think the whole point of Stephen’s arrival, was to combine the settlements, or they would have eventually declared war on each other and destroyed all of their chances of living in peace. The way that Stephen steps up to the challenges that he faces seem realistic and heroic at the same time, and it makes me wonder if this book was based on a true story. It’s amazing to see the influence one person can make over a large group of people, and it’s inspiring to see that an average person can make a huge difference.
The book in my opinion, ended a little too quickly. At the end of the book, Stephen teaches a girl that thought a little like his grandfather. He teaches her how to read and after a few sentences, she gets sucked into the book and wants to read more and more. It kind of confused me, because it didn’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of the book, but I realized that it was similar to Stephen’s story and how he went from thinking of only surviving, to thinking about the other things in life. Finally, the storyline of The Eleventh Plague is easy to follow and it teaches us to appreciate what we have and to care about others and not only yourself.
“I really like the book because it showed how the world went into chaos and how the characters are surviving and how they try to rebuild. ”Ben wrote this review Thursday, October 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I give this book 3 stars because it got to be a little slow at points but I still liked it. In the middle of the book I almost had to put it down becasue it got to the point where nothing was going on and it was really boring. However, it turned out to get better and had a great ending.”Justin R. wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No