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Pandemic Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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VERY WELL WRITTEN NOVEL. I COULD OPNLY FIND GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS STORY. HOPE THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL.Published 20 days ago by Sharon Haste
PANDEMIC is a YA book about the consequences of an avian flu pandemic - Blue Flu - that is steamrolling its way around the world. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Cheryl Stout
Terrifyingly timely, Pandemic is a book you won't soon forget.
An important novel for the YA roster, with plenty of crossover appeal, this realistic-fiction debut will... Read more
You have to give it to an author who has guts, and Yvonne Ventresca has guts. I hate reading books where you know that no matter the danger nothing will happen to a character. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John V Babula
This was a fast-paced story that you don't want to put down. It was full of suspense and tension in every chapter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda Bozzo
This was a great adventure. The only issue I had was with the subplot of sexual assault ... simply because when I'm reading for pleasure, I don't want to read about that topic, and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Margo
I enjoyed the local flavor of this book. What was happening in the outside world wasn't the top priority. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melissa
When I started reading Pandemic I had completely forgotten what the book was supposed to be about. I mean I had a general idea, but for some reason I had it in my head that it was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mariko