Quarantine: The Saints
Book 1: The Loners
author : lex thomas
pages : [hardcover] 400
favorite characters : will & violent
A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues 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.
I read the first book in this series a little over a year and a half ago. I remember sitting there after I finished it, devastated by how long I would need to wait to get my hands on the next book. Quarantine: The Saints has similarly ruined me. There isn’t even a set release date for book three yet! The way that this one ended, I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to stand the wait. I love this series so much!
First of all, the characters in this series aren’t always loveable but they’re well-written. I never really liked Lucy, especially because of how she led on both David and Will and always seemed to be spending time feeling sorry for herself. And then this book happened. I’m not going to spoil anything specific but she turns into a real badass that made me like her so much more. Although I hate how everyone in the school has turned savage because of being trapped in there with each other, I think she really did need to grow up a little and learn how to handle things on her own. She isn’t the weak link anymore and she knows it.
Will. I’ve always liked him, even when he was stupid, which does tend to happen a lot for him. It’s genuinely scary reading about the horrible things that are happening to the kids in this school, all because they’re tearing each other apart. If they all got along and calmed down and split up the drops evenly, things might have been better for all of them, yet right from the start nobody even considered that and it turned to absolute mayhem. This is even worse for Will because he’s epileptic and now doesn’t have the medication to stop his seizures. He’s trying hard to be strong and brave when his own body could betray him at any moment.
Now that there’s a group of new characters to contend with, I didn’t really know what to think of them for about the first half of the book, though something about it didn’t sit right with me. They all kept to themselves and formed their own gang but until the reader is given an insight into their lifestyle and what their leader is really like, they’re mysterious. And then it gets ugly, really fast. Because Sam, the main antagonist in book one and the guy who ruled the school, isn’t the only guy to watch out for now.
I loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want to! There are so many different elements to it and I can’t wait to see where it goes in book three because there are so many things that could happen!