The Eleventh Plague

Hirsch, Jeff

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Eleventh Plague
Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0545290155
Branch Call Number: HIRSCH J
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2014

It's a very...interesting read, to say the least. I really makes you I have a passion for canned pears. :)

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

At first this book came across as a far less depressing version of "The Road," which might have actually been pretty cool. But then it firmly rooted itself in the settlement and its stock cast of characters -- the Bible-quoting megalomaniac, the rebellious girl, the bland friend -- and my interest nose-dived. The book pays lip service to the tenuous uncertainty of a post-apocalyptic settlement -- but unlike "The Road" or "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," it doesn't really back that up with actual, narrative tension. Also, our protagonist, Stephen doesn't have enough of a personality to make me interested in what happens to him.

Aug 24, 2013
  • tithe202 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt like I could relate to Stephens issues. It was sad to begin with and bit before the story went full throttle. I didn't expect it to end the way it did. Let's hope that if this were our future there would be people like Stephen there. Totally worth the read.

Jul 19, 2013
  • green_turtle_775 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book!

Jun 01, 2013
  • Kewashere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing!! I can totally relate with Stevie (Stephen) throughout his whole troubles and life changing events he indured. The ending was not one that I expected would happen, but that isn't a bad thing. It was actually a better ending than I thought it was going to be, you know with the time place and setting. This book is a must read is very spectacular in a fictional futuristic sort of way, but hopefully the world doesn't turn out the way. That would be a sight to see in real life right? :)

Mar 25, 2013

At first I really didn't like this book, but as I got farther it became better and better. It looks at what our world might become in the next 100 years. Fighting for our lives because of the lack of supplies.

Feb 28, 2013

The biggest fantasy in this book is that China would wipe out all the people in the US, Canada and Mexico... Um, who would buy all the STUFF China produces? China has replaced Russia as the stock bad guy, but in reality has never in its history pursued an expansionist foreign policy - a role the US has assumed as its Manifest Destiny. Aside from that, the story moves along at a nice clip, but like a lot of dystopian novels, it seems simplistic. None of the characters know much about history, or have much culture on offer other than a generic white bread fare. Only one token Black person, one token Asian, no Latinos, no Native Americans, no gays, etc. The story closely resembles an old fashioned cowboy movie: frontier justice, Ma 'n Pa 'n the kids vs. the rustlers. In the end the small town prevails, a symbol of the Jeffersonian myth of the small farm-based community, without any of its gruesome facts about the genocide of Native Americans, slavery, and capitalism's insatiable greed - facts that could actually educate readers about what is causing the real ongoing apocalypse.

Dec 24, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I would have given this 4 stars because right up until the last few chapters, it was quite good. It's not a great novel because there are a lot of details that didn't get really explained and could have stood being fleshed out more than the author did. I also felt the ending wasn't spectacular and that things could have gone a bit longer - seemed like he decided the book was long enough, so that was a good place to end. All in all, the good parts reminded me somewhat of the (cancelled) tv show Jericho while the meh parts reminded me of the new fall 2012 Global show Revolution (which will hopefully be cancelled).

Jul 07, 2012
  • Kdmullerspy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really great book!

Mar 28, 2012

An interesting take on a very possible post-apocalyptic future.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

After the Collapse civilization fell apart due to war and a virulent plague called P-11. In this bleak setting, Stephen has been traveling with his father and grandfather, scavenging useful items and trading them to surviving settlements -- trying to avoid slavers and bandits. When Stephen's grandfather dies and his father is terribly injured in an accident, he ends up being taken in by one of the settlements. Can he make a home there? Or will he light the fuse to tear the settlement apart?


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