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Pandemic Hardcover – May 6, 2014

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Gr 9 Up—It's been a few months since Lil changed from a model student into the nervous and withdrawn person she is today. Despite her anxiety and compulsions, Lil is surviving as best she can. Soon her anxious worries become real when a few flu cases turn into an epidemic—and then that flu epidemic becomes a global pandemic. Lil's parents are stranded on separate business trips, and she is left alone, with her fears, to face the illness rampaging around her. Then there are the looters and the orphaned baby down the street. And Jay, who might be the only good thing left. But the teacher who sexually assaulted her keeps trying to get in touch, and nowhere seems safe. 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. The sexual assault plotline wasn't really necessary (Lil could have easily been anxiety-ridden without it), but it does add to the fears and drama. Themes of friendship and coming together in a crisis carry the novel.—Brandy Danner, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

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Ever since she was sexually assaulted, Lilianna has been trying to get back to normal life at home and school. When a deadly flu pandemic strikes while her parents are away on business, Lilianna and her fellow teens try to help others and struggle to survive. But then her attacker reappears, and Lilianna must face the past in order to get to the future. Ventresca gives believable Lilianna a compulsive need to prep for disaster (a coping skill after her assault) and a father who works for a journal called Infectious Diseases, both convincing details that help keep the focus on the characters and fast-paced action. As is to be expected in an apocalyptic novel, there are a few gruesome dead bodies as well as no shortage of tension or death, but teen disaster fans will likely appreciate that the high-schoolers are portrayed as good, helpful, yet imperfect people. Though the type of apocalypse is different, this fast read will appeal to fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It (2006). Grades 7-10. --Snow Wildsmith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628736097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628736090
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading Pandemic was unlike anything that I have read in awhile. Combining the topic of sickness taking over the world and the POV of a teen who is going through things a teenager should not go through.

To really understand the structure of this book, you need to remember that this is a dystopian novel that gives us a background of sickness that takes over the world. No zombies and no aliens. Just a simple flu-like disease. Really makes you think about what would happen if just a flu would make people die. Scaaaaary!

The characters themselves were very well developed and I absolutely adored Jay and his relationship with Lil. The story really made me feel for her and what she went through. In the very beginning of the story, we get to experience Lil and her struggle to overcome the event that she had to experience. The book itself doesn't reveal the situation until almost half way through it so there is a sense of mystery behind it. The Mr. B plot was good but I felt like it wasn't well thought through. Once the plot was revealed, it was dragged on way too long. And at the end their conversation wasn't as extreme a I thought it would be.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Pandemic and really think that it's refreshing and different from all the other dystopian end-of-the-world novels. It has some flaws but just as with great books, it makes up for it with writing style and plot development.
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Lil Snyder is a teenager with all the normal teenage issues and angst that comes with that period of life. But Lilianna has more to deal with than the average teen. She has recently gone through a traumatic event that only her parents a few others know about that has left her with significant anxiety issues. Her grades have dropped and she no longer the cheerful optimist she once was.

Now Lil has been left at home while her mom is traveling for work in Asia and her dad is at a conference in Delaware when the Blue Flu breaks out. Pandemic is a realistic look at a plausible scenario with the protagonist being a teenager.

Pandemic is riveting. The target audience is teens and young adults, but the book is just as captivating for adults. The harsh reality of a pandemic flu virus is well written. The characters are believable. I was in tears because of some of the situations that Lil found herself in. I really felt her pain.

This book really speaks about the resiliency of the human spirit and what an individual can overcome when there are others relying on them who are helpless otherwise. I love how teenagers are given credit for being thoughtful, helpful, upstanding citizens of our community as a rule, rather than as the exception.

I found Pandemic to be thoughtfully written, with clean language throughout. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from various media sources related to the Blue Flu epidemic. It helped raised the tension of the novel. Though there was a lot of sadness due to deaths in this book, I thought there was also hope as well.

I think this book will make people think about preparedness in the event of a national/worldwide disaster.
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I had some seriously high hopes for this story. From the moment I knew of its existence I could not wait to get my hands on it. I may have even jumped around and squealed a little when I found out I was on the blog tour.

And I am thrilled to tell you that I was not disappointed. In fact, I loved this book even more than I expected to, which is hard to believe since this is a debut novel. This is a true YA post-apocalyptic story featuring all aspects of survival. There’s something for everyone in this story; love, hope, death, betrayal, terror, and preserving humanity in the midst of a horrific crisis. There were a couple minor things that I rolled my eyes at, but nothing that changed my feelings about the story in the grand scheme of things.

The character development was perfect, the pacing flawless, and the plot kept me properly terrified about something like this happening in my neck of the woods. I enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but one in particular talked about how waterfowl are hosts to just about every influenza virus there is. All I could think about were the duck eggs that I got from my daughters preschool. Maybe I shouldn’t bake with them after all! Heh. I found myself coughing into my sleeve, even though I’m not sick, and stopping myself from touching my face while reading.

The fact that our main character, Lilliana, was already dealing with a previous tragedy and was just a tad paranoid made her a really interesting character. I loved that she had a mild case of doomsday prepper syndrome, too. Being a huge fan of zombies and the impending apocalypse, I am also afflicted with that syndrome.
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Pandemic is an enjoyable fast-action read. I found the characters easy to like and the situations realistic and believable. The dialogue is also well done. This book really makes you question what would happen if an outbreak occurred in your own town. Partly because of her father’s line of work, Lil has always been one to worry about disaster striking. Therefore, she has stocked extra supplies and is prepared, but she soon discovers that even the best laid plans don’t always work out. Well-plotted, well-paced, and sometimes creepy, this is a real page turner!
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