Plague Land (Plague Land Series #1)

Plague Land (Plague Land Series #1)

by Alex Scarrow

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Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumors of an unidentified plague in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week, the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.

A month after touching Earth's atmosphere, the virus has wiped out most of the population. Desperate to stay alive, Leon and Grace are reluctantly taken in by a tight-knit group of survivors. But as they struggle to win their trust, the siblings realize that the virus isn't their only enemy, and survival is just the first step...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492652113
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Plague Land Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 21,703
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Plague Land 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
This is an interesting, if unbelievable, take on a post apocalyptic world. I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is a very different plague and not one I would like to see or to try and live with. This book is very griping, hard to put down. Thanks to the author for new nightmares and things I didn't even know I should fear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mutating virus on the rampage! Thanks to Edelweiss, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review Plague Land by Alex Scarrow. A fast-moving, fast-killing virus is spreading across the globe while some governments are hiding the fact and scientists are scurrying to understand and overcome the virus. Leon, his sister and mother are traveling by train to his grandparents' house when the virus hits. Several people on the train are infected and die, so when daylight comes, they travel outdoors and watch for the telltale flakes of the virus. Two of their group get touched by the virus and by the time they reach a barn for shelter, they show signs of the virus and die in front of their eyes. The virus continues to evolve and grow into larger organisms that fight even harder for survival. The author creates intense imagery and a frightening sense of loneliness and destruction. Creepy dystopian, 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Plague Land by Alex Scarrow is a highly recommended YA horror thriller that was previously published under the title ReMade. Leon and his younger sister Grace have recently moved to London, England, from NYC after their parent's divorce. Leon is struggling to fit in at his new school when he begins to notice short news blurbs about a plague spreading in Africa. No one seems to worried, but Leon is becoming alarmed. The plague is unlike any other seen and seems to be spreading at an unbelievable rate, killing everything in its path. Leon's decision to answer a phone call from his father is fortuitous, as his father tells them all to leave London, ASAP. This advice may have saved them because it got Leon, Grace, and their mother out of London, just as the plague was hitting there. However, once they witness up close victims of the plague liquefying, they realize that there might not be a safe place anywhere anymore. Plague Land is, without a doubt, the start of a new YA series. It is an engrossing, basically fast-paced horror novel that should capture the attention of the YA crowd, although it's probably best suited for older/mature teens. There are a few slower parts to the story, but they tend to be developing the structure of the post-plague society. Interspersed in the novel are short chapters told from the point of view of the virus/plague, that hint at further developments along that line in future installments. This is a plague that works as a collective and can formulate a plan. The writing is good, but I suspect that won't matter to most of the readers of this sci-fi-horror-thriller. The characters are nicely developed for the first book in the series. Scarrow has left readers several scenes that point to many different directions that the story can take in future installments - and I imagine that there will likely be more than one or two. Mature YA readers of horror will likely embrace this new series. (It did hold my attention, but as a decidedly adult reader perhaps not enough to read the next installment.) Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Plague Land is the story of when a unidentified Plague takes over the world. Leon and his younger sister, Grace have recently moved to London after their parents messy divorce. It's only when a life-ending plague starts in Africia, when everything starts to go wrong in the world. With Leon, Grace and their mother trapped on a train when the Plague hits London, it's a fight to stay alive with unexpected consequences. As the Plague moves along, killing everything in it's path. It slowly starts transforming itself into something more horrific than before. With the three left to find a shelter before something happens to them, they find the most amazing discovery but it comes with a deadly cost. As the Plague continues to change, everyone left standing will be meet with a shocking ending that ends in fire and what is to come next! Oh, this review is so hard to write because I so don't want to give away the good parts! I never expected this book to hold my attention the way it did, it got me out of this book slump that I have been in. Yes people, it's that great of a read to do that for someone! While reading this book, you just didn't know what was gonna happen next unlike some other Sci-Fi / Apocalyptic reads. It's one of those books as well that will get you to thinking about what if this really does happen for real, now that's a scary thought! I so can't wait to see what is to come next in this series but I can only imagine that it's gonna be scarily good! Thank You to Alex Scarrow for writing a book that got me out of a book slump and for making me become a fan of yours from now on!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & Edelweiss!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Okay, confession time: I first thought, with that blurb and that cover, that this would be another zombie apocalypse novel. Imagine my pleasant (well, it IS horror, so not that pleasant) surprise when I was right on the apocalypse part, but not the zombies. I mean, I love zombie fiction, but ultimately they boil down to the same thing - they are usually a survival novel. This one, Remade, is about a different kind of organism invading the Earth, killing animal life left and right, and basically causing an extinction of nearly all species. We begin with a multi-perspective view of how the 'virus' starts propagating, and how the world goes to waste. The first part is survival-based, with Leon and his family trying to stay alive when a contagion that spreads so fast and so effectively spreads across the world. Then, in the second arc, we have a group of survivors camping out in an abandoned ski resort, while we also see the contagion evolving, and inherently remaking the world. The science of it all was intriguing to say the least, and plausible from my view (right until that ending, but I'll come back to that later), indicating a good amount of research spent into creating and imagining this outcome. I love the change of pace and stakes in the second part of the book, focusing on the characters in a time of lull of activity. The third part was, well, more to establish the sequel, and it was done so well I am interested in what the future books will hold, and the directions it can take. And now, I get to the ending - if the science until this point was strong, I felt the ending moment took it more in the realm of paranormal than science fiction, considering the nature of the evolution is a much more complex one, and not so easily replicated. However, I was immensely entertained and terrified by this immersive book, and overall, I would recommend it for all sci-fi aficionados.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Plague Land" is a really intense YA horror that kept the twists and surprises coming. The book begins as we follow several people in short stories as they experience the start of the end of the world- a new virus has descended and is affecting all life on earth with ruthless efficiency and speed. Most stories receive just a chapter as we quickly see the plague ruin their lives. This device was incredibly useful and really gave us a full experience of the development and spread. We keep flashing back to Leon, who becomes our main character. As the book continues, we eventually begin to stay almost exclusively with Leon, his mother, and his sister, Grace. I also found it extremely interesting that we see some of the perspective of the virus/plague itself, which gives us a bigger picture of how it grows and spreads, as well as how it evolves. The book is truly horrifying with graphic descriptions of horrific deaths and troubles. This book is not for the faint of heart, and it was so disturbing at times that I was surprised it was listed as YA. There is also attempted rape at one point, which I mention for people who would want to be warned. There is also main character death and suicide/murder in the book. This is so much more than a dystopian novel, which was what I was expecting- it's intense and something all of its own- almost a prequel to a dystopian world as we see where it all begins and how it develops. Each Part of the book is almost a different world entirely, and it's really quite a unique book! I don't want to say too much about it to avoid spoilers, because this book was constantly shocking me with all the new twists in the plot and story- it's a roller coaster of emotions with surprises around every corner. The author has put a lot of thought into the book, and it's really well written. It's not an easy read, but wow, it's quite the book! The end absolutely shocked me also, and it has a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I am overflowing with curiosity to see this continued! I would limit this to older teens and adults due to the things I mention above, but if you are into thrillers, I would highly recommend it! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.