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Plague Land av Alex Scarrow
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Plague Land (utgåvan 2017)

av Alex Scarrow (Författare)

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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 rumours of an unidentified virus 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 assimilated the world's biomass. But the virus isn't their only enemy, and survival is just the first step.… (mer)
Medlem:Jenncarp2017
Titel:Plague Land
Författare:Alex Scarrow (Författare)
Info:Sourcebooks Fire (2017), 384 pages
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Very topical with the coronavirus outbreak in the news at the moment. First in a series of three. Leon , his sister Grace and his Mum are caught up in scores of people fleeing London after a terrible plague starts killing everyone. The plague basically attacks instantly on contact and melts the people so there are only their clothes and bones left behind. While the three are on a train trying to get out to their grandparents farm on the coast, the engine stops in the middle of nowhere. This is because the driver has the plague and it moves from his compartment from carriage to carriage....
I would class this book as pure horror as some awful things happen in it. It has the Steven King vibe of "don't get too close to a character because they might get killed off!"...don't say you weren't warned. A very different book from the TimeRiders author. ( )
  nicsreads | Feb 9, 2020 |
I was given the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Seeing how this was a interesting sounding post-apocalyptic story I knew I had to give it a shot. I'm really glad that I did.
The story starts out in England with the siblings of a recently divorced mother starting over in England after growing up in the United States. Leon is not having an easy time fitting in to his new school but he was always somewhat of an outsider. His younger sister Grace, on the other hand has no problems quickly becoming the new popular girl in school.
Leon sees a story about a virus starting in Africa and quickly becomes obsessed with following the story. Quite quickly they find out that this virus is quickly spiraling out of control as it liquefies it's victims in less than an hour. Leon's father calls from New York to tell them that the virus is airborne and they have to get out of the city as quickly as possible. While they flee the city via train they find out that the virus has already gotten onto the train and is quickly killing everyone.
We also find out that the virus is intelligent and is gathering the DNA to try to reproduce the lifeforms it has been killing. You can tell the virus is quickly developing into something that actually functions like regular life forms on Earth.
Without giving away any spoilers I found that the story line was unique and engaging. The way the survivors have survived the plague is quiet surprising and the ending leaves with a huge cliffhanger. I am very much looking forward to the next book. ( )
  Verkruissen | Sep 27, 2018 |
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.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2017/12/plague-land.html ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Dec 3, 2017 |
Goodreads Synopsis:
Leon and his younger sister Grace have just moved to London from New York when news of an unidentified plague begins to fill the news.

Within a week the virus hits London. People in the streets turn to liquid before their eyes, and what follows is a frantic hunt for a safety which may no longer exist.

A new gripping series from Alex Scarrow.

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

How do you escape an airborne virus? Leon and Grace are trying their best. This specific virus has taken over the world in a matter of days. No one knows what it is or where it came from, even if it's natural or man made, but whatever it is, it completely turns all soft tissue into liquid. Little do they know, the piles of jelly left behind aren't just evaporating, they're crawling off on their own. It's a hive mind.

Honestly while I was reading this book I kind of thought this was just like any other apocalypse book that has a virus in it, nothing really exciting or special happened and the characters seemed kind of average until about sixty percent of the way through the book. I'm glad I pushed through the first half. It's changed into something else. The virus wasn't just mindlessly killing everything in its path. It was learning. It was collecting. It was rebuilding.

Overall I really liked the book when I was finished with it, and if you read it you have to give it a chance, because the first half is a little slow. The characters really learn to adapt throughout the book. The cover is interesting and the story line was exciting once the actual action started. Definitely check it out!

Here's a link to the authors twitter page if you have any questions!

https://twitter.com/AlexScarrow

Thanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.
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  radioactivebookworm | Sep 5, 2017 |
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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 rumours of an unidentified virus 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 assimilated the world's biomass. But the virus isn't their only enemy, and survival is just the first step.

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