It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

**From Goodreads**

My Review

In this debut novel from Lex Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies), you find yourself in McKinley High School, under quarantine. I was entranced from page one with this book. It is thought provoking and action packed. You will find violence in the book, so if that’s something you’re not into then pass on this book….or better yet….just pass those parts so you can still enjoy rest of the book!

David and his brother Will are just trying to survive. They was enough food to get by and a safe place to sleep at night. With the gangs that have formed (Varsity, Geeks, Sluts, etc) they only have each other to depend on.

The novel was very well written and the storyline has a good pace to it. The characters are developed, and although David is the main character, you also get to read the perspective of some of the other characters that have an important role in the book.

The only drawback is waiting on book 2! I think if I had to live with one of the gangs (aside from Loners) I would pick Geeks. They get to live in the school library!

What gang do you think you would be with if you were quarantined in your high school? What do you think your biggest asset would be in surviving?
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