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"The best high-concept YA thriller of the year is this paranoia-soaked novel in which an infected Colorado high school is quarantined by the government, leading to various cliques that transform into warring tribes. Gritty and fearless." - Booklist


"... (a) high-concept mashup, tossing Walter Hill's The Warriors into a high school setting and seeding it with elements of Lord of the Flies." - Publishers Weekly 

"Quarantine thrives on themes of human nature and an ultra-realistic tone. Unpredictable, gory, and full of death and despair, this story is not for the light-hearted." - VOYA


"This Hunger Games-esque novel is one of the best books that I have ever read." - Huffington Post Books

About the Author

Lex Thomas is the pen name used by the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. 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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Quarantine (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160684329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606843291
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their YA series, QUARANTINE, earned starred reviews from Booklist and has been described as "gritty and fearless."

Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. 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. 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. Visit them at www.lex-thomas.com.

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Definitely good read for young adults.
Brian S.
For a book of over 400 pages, I read this over the space of two days because I just had to read 'one more chapter' to see what happened next.
Kat
The Characters- I loved David he was the sole voice of reason consistently throughout the book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By YA Litwit on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have very mixed feelings about this book... The premise is extremely good, and I found the way the story played out very believable, but I struggled a bit with the execution and some of the content. Let me elaborate...

I will first touch on the brilliant premise. This book was like a modern-day Lord of the Flies that takes place in a locked down school instead of on a deserted island. If something like what happened in this book happened in real life (all the grown-ups suddenly die and an entire HS has to be locked down by the government to prevent the spread of a deadly super-virus carried by only teens), I believe that the kids would behave almost exactly as they did here, and it is scary! Because this book is such an honest prediction, it is violent, gruesome, and utterly horrifying. While some of the kids cling to their morality, most of the others turn into vicious animals, and sadly, it's the most ruthless of the animals that come out on top most of the time. It's survival of the fittest at its most basic level. It's a harsh reality, in a fictional format, and this is where I struggle a bit with the content. I think there are a lot of kids who would read this book, expecting the standard YA dystopian fare, and get something far more raw and disturbing. The Hunger Games has nothing on this book as far as the things kids will do to other kids in the name of survival. What I found more disturbing than what they would do in the name of survival, is what some of the kids were willing to do in the name of power and control over others, and where books like The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies leave a lot to imagination, this book does not.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The first book in The Loners series, Quarantine, is a wild and explosive cocktail of scary, fun, and gore. Page after page, chapter after chapter, this book is made of action, tension and almost unbearable chaos of a world turned upside down by a deadly virus - a contagious, parasitic virus that thrives only in bodies of pubescent teenagers and destroys everyone - adults and children alike - in their path.

Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies (the two talented writers behind the pen name Lex Thomas) don't waste time on polite introductions, nor do they dwell on abstract descriptions. They get straight to the point, throwing the reader right into the centre of mind-popping action. You might want to consider attaching a seat-belt to your favourite reading-chair, cause the way these two tell the story is more intense than the scariest roller coaster ride you can imagine. All the events described in this book take place at McKinley High - a totally ordinary high school that's just unfortunate to be located near Mason Montgomery Technologies. MMT is a weapon manufacturer and there wouldn't be anything extraordinary about it if not for the illegal biological weapons they've been secretly testing on kidnapped teenagers. The first day of a new school year also happens to be the day when the government sends their troops to investigate the illegal activities at MMT. Long story short, something goes wrong, one of the infected teenagers escapes and makes his way to McKinley High. The government - in hopes of minimizing the casualties and getting everything under control - blows up half of the school. Needless to say, that doesn't help.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jamie E. on July 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a light, fluffy read? NOT HERE! This is dark, gritty, violent and terrifying on several levels. One of the most disturbing books I have ever read.

Meet David, your typical high school student who was once the most popular guy is school until his mother's death who lost his way in life. A new year in school with his younger brother, Will, is going to be a year he will never forget. Mid-day finds him witnessing the death of the faculty before his very eyes and a lock-down of the school. No students can leave and no one would enter. The staff are all dead and students are told there is a deadly virus they now all have that will kill any adult in their vicinity.

Anarchy reigns within a few weeks. Students divide into personality gangs (Varsity, The Pretty Ones, Nerds, Sluts, etc) the local authorities occasionally do drops over the school field for food, clothes, and other supplies. For High Schoolers, it is a fight for survival. Some students, including David, are not a part of any gang so survival is even harder for them. Can David unite them?

Lots of violence, teenagers killing each other, near rape scenes, etc layer nearly ever chapter of this book. Lex Thomas delivers such horrific imagery. It's Hunger Games meets Battle Royale. Not your standard, "Can't sleep at night" horror, but possibly nightmares. Several scenes had me flinching in my seat. The author does a great job giving you a front row seat.

What I didn't like was HOW everything happened seems way to fast and unrealistic. Things unraveled too quickly at first. But as routine sets in I soon out that aside as I was sucked in the more horrific High School experience EVER!

David's character is so well done. I could not help but like him and cheer him on.
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