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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Thoughts: Plague by Michael Grant

"It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach. But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love? Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages."-Amazon
My Thoughts
I'm going to be honest here. I didn't finish Plague, I read about 66 pages before repulsively put it down. But let's not dwell on 426 pages I didn't read, rather lets focus on the 66 I did.

Plague Starts out as every gone novel does, and abstract an irrelevant fact followed by further description which then leads into a story. Nothing special until you arrive to Sam and Astrid's little conversation-the conversation in which Astrid hints at "keeping Sam around" to protect her brother when the general public finds out about his extraordinary powers. The story continues on with a few POV scenes to let the reader into the mind of Lana, The Medusa triplets (as I like to call them), and Albert. Who by-the-way is falling down the slippery slope of business.

By now your probably wondering why I didn't read the other 426 pages? Or perhaps why I stopped an page 66?

It's because of a scene, the green parasite scene- where Michael grant goes to great detail conveying an intelligent malicious parasite which has tunneled inside Hunter's Body and now has its mouths sticking out of his shoulder armpit and leg. Long pulsating intestines (which go through hunters body) attach these mouths to the heart of this fearsome parasite. Not only that! The Parasite seems to have a thick tendril in Hunter's Brain! for he is unable to feel the parasite conspiring, killing and draining him of his bodily nutrients. No doubt, this parasite is deadly and will most likely kill him

That scene, that horrifyingly realistic scene is what sickened me to my stomach. So gross, and so disgusting ,that I simply had to put my book down.
 Michael Grant could've had an amazing book from there on out, filled with drama excitement and adventure. However I didn't get to see any of that; and neither would the average reader. All because of that one revolting scene. With that logic I have decided to rate this book based on the 66 pages I've read- and not on the 426 pages I was too disgusted to read.
If you have an imaginative and or visual mind, perhaps even a worm fearing one, (like me) then I do not recommend Plague.

Rating: C (3 stars)
What to Expect?
  • Multiple Pov
  • Parasites
  • More Li'l Pete
  • Plague


  1. Wow, really? I can think of dozens of sickening ideas worse than that
    Writer's imagination, I suppose

  2. Thanks for the heads up. Seems like there are a lot of books like this out there now.