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Not as Great as the First: A Review of QUARANTINE: THE SAINTS by Lex Thomas

Posted by on July 8, 2013
Quarantine: The Saints (Quarantine, #2) 
Lex Thomas
400 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: July 9th, 2013
Source: ARC from Pubslisher
Rating: LIKED

A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints contunues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door… McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.

   The Saints actually wasn’t that bad but compared to The Loners it was more of a disappointment. The Loners was awesome and I liked David as the main character, but The Saints kinda brought me back to earth and I didn’t like Will as a main character at all.

   The plot in the first book was amazing, it was completely thought out, so great it was almost surreal. With its twists and turns, camaraderie, and gang battles. The Loners was the epitome of perfect. But The Saints lacked all of these things. And it did not make up for it with anything worthwhile. That’s not to say The Saints plot was not good but after reading The Loners and being blown away, I just expected something more from Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies.

   The characters in the The Loners were of the upper echelon of all characters. I liked seeing McKinley High through David’s eyes, and the other characters with the camaraderie of the whole Loner gang was unlike other books of this type. But all the camaraderie that the The Loners had wasn’t anywhere to be found in The Saints. I mean the whole gang broke up and joined other gangs, you’re not much of a gang with no members. Overall the characters were more troubled and that was a little interesting but I enjoyed reading about The Loners cast. You don’t get to know any of the characters in the Saints, you only know the few from The Loners who made the cut.

   The one thing I thought was amazing and unexpected was the ending. The ending in The Loners was predictable and boring, but the ending in The Saints was unpredictable and awesome, especially with the buildup before it. All in all, I liked The Saints – it was a pretty good sequel, but compared to the epicness of The Loners, I think the authors could have done better.

This review was written by my 14-year-old brother, Calidude

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  1. Darn! That first book was so fantastic that it's difficult to follow up a book like that. Will doesn't sound like a character I'd be super-interested in getting to know. More David, please!

  2. I actually thought this was better in many ways than the first book. David was missed terribly but I liked seeing things from Wills perspective and getting to see more from the other gangs was neat as well. Definitely can't wait to see what happens in Book 3 especially after that ending!

  3. Asma and Calidude I enjoyed your review :)

    I went into a much detailed review for 'The Saints' on my forum discussing the characters and the plot.

    I enjoyed it but not as much as I did the first book. David was not an interesting protag to me at all and Lucy was far less appealing. I've always preferred Will and Lucy got a much needed upgrade in her character this book as well.

    I agree with you about the characters of the saint…With the fact that they were important to the plot, I was a bit underwhelmed.

    I think Q: The Saints, while a good book, is more or less the calm before the storm and hence why it may not have grabbed you as first the first book.

    Check out my Full Review at the OFFICIAL Quarantine Fan Forum

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