The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch


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In the aftermath of a war, America's landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen's grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler's Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler's Landing—and their lives—forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545290159
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 111,422
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jeff Hirsch graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in dramatic writing, and is the USA TODAY bestselling author of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE and MAGISTERIUM. He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife. Visit him online at

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The Eleventh Plague 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Stephen. Stephen has had to face a lot in his life and as a result, he's become very strong, but also very wary and untrusting. But what I really liked was watching him slowly change over the course of the book, learning what he was really looking for, and starting to trust the new people in his life. 2) Jenny. Honestly, I wasn't sure about this girl for a while. She was kind of closed off, a little like Stephen, so it was hard to get to know her at first. But then I learned a bit more about her and started to understand a bit more about why she was...the way she was, I guess would be the best way to say it. She's a major influence on Stephen, and changes the outcome of the story. 3) Emotional turmoil. I can always tell a book is really good when I experience a range of emotion while reading. There were tears, happiness, satisfaction, a lot of different emotions that all went into this book. 4) At the end of the book, you have to realize that there was this message that no matter what happens, people try to rebuild and reclaim the life that they always want. Among the many things to take away from this book, I think that was my favorite. What I Didn't Like: Do you remember when you first learned to drive a car? Was there a lot of stopping and starting as you got used to the amount of pressure needed to brake or drive? I felt like there was a little bit of that going on with The Eleventh Plague. Not stopping and starting, but hurry up and slow down. In future books by Jeff Hirsch, I'd hope to see a more even pace for the book. Overall thoughts: The Eleventh Plague is a great debut with some very real characters, and a plot line that will keep you guessing. If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction without the dystopian slant that so many seem to have these days, add The Eleventh Plague to your TBR list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i saw the book after i read the hunger game series and i thoought I need a book to read so I read it and it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from the start. I am certain you will like this book. Get it now.
Johnny_the_great More than 1 year ago
This book is good because it has a lot of action. The 11th Plague takes place in a post apocalypse united states, so if you like fallout this book is good for you. The boy in the book goes through a lot, and he never dies. The only bad part about it is the end and that it stays in one place. This book has a lot of shooting in it, people shoot each other in this book, that’s one of the big reasons why it’s good. The plague in it comes from china, there was a big war, so china sent over a plague, and that’s why people who like fallout will like this book. The boy Steven loses his grandpa at the beginning, but that’s on the first three pages. Later in the book something big happens with his dad. The end of the book could have been better. What I didn’t like is that most of the book takes place in one town, it’s post apocalypse united states, why would you only stay in one place. Some books stay in one place, but that’s because there better that way. If I was writing a book like this, I would make it many places. This book does have a good bit of choice words. If it’s the apocalypse you’re going to search for stuff, but they only do that once. My favorite part is when they go to the plane, but overall this is a good book. I do recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd say that if you enjoyed the Hunger Games you would greatly enjoy this book. It had me captivated from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will begin by being totally honest: I bought this book because of the Susanne Collins' blurb on the front. This distopian story is one that boys would especially enjoy. I thought the ending was clever. All around good, quick read.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
This was my very first audio book that I made it a hundred percent through. I have tried many others, but I just couldn’t get into the ones. But then about a month ago a girl that I follow on Twitter tweeted about a website that was giving away free audio books during the summer months. So I was like well why not… And boy am I glad that I gave it a chance. This is probably one the best books to get you into listening to audiobooks. You meet Stephen and he is living the life that we all thought would never happen. The would have practically ended and they don’t know where there next meal is coming from. I think that would be the worst thing about living in a world like this. I know some people right now are living like this, but I could not be able to live like this. But then he is forced to live in a settlement that is trying to make their lives like the lives that they once knew. They go to school, hang out with friends, and even play baseball. You would think they had it made. But then reality strikes and life is back where they knew it would, The Eleventh Plague. Please do yourself a favor. Go and get this audiobook. It was so awesome. The narrator did a great job with the whole story. I truly loved every minute of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was decent book, but it was simple and lacked finesse both in writing style and plot. I would have been happier if I had only paid $5 for a book of this quality.
Ree_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Oh, the promises made in the synopsis. I was so full of hope. I mean, it says, right there - "the world is faced with a choice..." THE WORLD, people. Of course we know that Stephen Quinn is going to be the main man. Of course we know that "the world" isn't going to be a character in this book. But really, shouldn't we get some kind of feeling like "the world" is involved? Instead, we're trapped in this tiny little settlement filled with tiny minds Now, that said, I do like that Mr. Hirsch explores some tough themes - racism, for one. I like the idea of his world. (But...what plague? It didn't feel very plague-like.) I like where the author was headed, but he just didn't manage to pull it off with any sort of finesse. Also, while I think Stephen could have been a well rounded character, I truly did not understand some of his choices. I can't really say which of them utterly blew me away without spoiling the entire book, but one or two really made my eyes bug out and my brows go up and I had to shake my head and mutter "Huh? What?" a few times. I really, really wanted to love this. I feel like the lack of world building (there was SOME, not a lot) and the choppy prose combined with a severe lack of detail and information made this one feel a little flat to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction The theme of the “Eleventh Plague” is don’t stay in one place for too long. The author’s purpose is to show what is like to survive from day to day. This was a great book. Description and summary of content This book is about a boy and his father surviving a post-apocalyptic world that a disease has destroyed. His dad and he are scavengers: people that scavenge what they can to survive. Evaluation This is the best book that I have ever read. I don’t really read that much but this book really changed my look on books. It is always exciting and you won’t want to put it down. Conclusion I recommend this book to anybody. Have fun and enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're resding this book for non-stop action, you might be saddened. This book is somewhat of a laid back novel, kind of like To Kill a Mockingbird, only more exciting. But it has that sweet home kind of feeling that TKAM had. But I found myself wanting this book to never end, which I never really felt in anyother kind of book. You get in touch with the characters in a way you never really thought. Jeff did great job of writing this novel. He makes you fight and cheer for the characters and I loved that. I suggest this book for anyone looking for a gripping story. His other books are extremly good as well. I thibk the Darkest Path (which I'm currently reading) will be my favorite of his. Please read this novel! He deserves more praise than he already has. He should be a more popular author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a good story but the writng is terrible.compared to.ather books. As another person said, it seems like the author was in a hurry to write it. It gets confusing sometimes and loses interest easiy. If you are lookig for a goid book, i reccomend "Enders Game". Dont get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! Full of acting, supence , and a little romance. Great book with a intresting plot and well decripted characters. Set in the future and really makes you think about the world today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is an awsome book i would read this book twice or more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasnt a bad story. In fact, it was great. I wouldnt recommend it to people who want a fast paced book because this book is one of those that some big things happen a few times in the book but not a lot in every chapter. Sometimes youl go about five chapters before something exciting happenes but then all of a sudden something exciting happens. Thank you for reading.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and it reminded me alot of the fallout games. Great read , i highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my faves. The name might make you think its about zombies or something like that. Still I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i meet the author and i didnt really intend to a buy a book but glad i did ! it was a very well told story i enjoyed it all the wat through. good job jeff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hello i am 13 years old and me and my friends have bought this book from our school's book fair. It was a great book afterall. It started off great. The first sentence was interesting and catchy. It made you think. I love this book so far and i am only on chapter 9. i cannot wait to finish and give my whole overview. if we are young and liking this book it is wonderful. i give props to jeff. this is awesome.
MBels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt myself wanting the story to end up in an entirely different way. That's not the fault of the author or the writing, but it left me feeling slightly unsatisfied all the same. I don't know if there are plans for a sequel (the book ends in a way that make a sequel unnecessary) but I wouldn't mind if another book came out. Perhaps that would provide the closure that I feel I lacked.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Review - The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch The Eleventh Plague Jeff Hirsch Scholastic Press September 1st, 2011 Trade Paperback Advance Reader¿s Copy 304 pagesPost-apocalyptic entertainment is all the rage these days. Oryx and Crake, Falling Skies, I Am Legend, The Plague Year, The Road, The Walking Dead, World War Z, etc. standing as prime examples. While all of the named works above are excellent in their own right The Eleventh Plague, a Young Adult novel, has its moments, as well. It is well-written, fast-paced, and should be a favorite among the young-adult readers that manage to happen upon it.The supporting characters, both children and adults, are sufficiently flawed to be completely believable. As a matter of fact, making mistakes at the most inopportune time seems to be a theme but Hirsch handles them well and the story flows with action. So much so, that I finished it in very short time.The book is not without flaws but they do not draw away from the story and do not hurt the plot. Most glaringly is the 17 year old protagonist that frequently wishes to run away from just about every difficult situation he comes in contact with rather than face them. That aside, I recommend The Eleventh Plague for those who enjoy post-apocalyptic YA fiction or for those who simply enjoy a fast-paced, well-written end-of-times story.3 ½ stars out of 5The Alternative Southeast Wisconsin
lprybylo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ages 12 and up.Stephen Quinn is 15 and knows nothing of the world before the collaspe except what his father and grandfather have told him. And now his grandfather is dead andafter a clash with slavers his Dad lies in a coma at Settler's Landing. As Stephen discovers Settler's Landing is a true town something that hasn't exited since the collaspe. Easy to read and a good book to recommend for people who like the Hunger Games
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This post-apocalyptic story lines up the usual suspects for its plot: a combination nuclear and biological war that wipes out most of the world (¿The Collapse¿); ragtag stragglers divided into cutthroat opportunists on the one hand, and desperate remnants of people with morality on the other; rusted, twisted wreckage that sometimes yields a bonus item of long-lost food; and a handful of people who have enough love, hope, grit, and perseverance to survive the worst and save the future. (Generally among this group is a boy with hair that flops over his face and a crooked grin, and a saucy, snarky and good-looking girl who is unable to resist boys with floppy hair and crooked grins.) In The Eleventh Plague, some twenty years have elapsed since The Collapse, and Stephen Quinn, along with his cowed father and cruel grandfather have been living as scavengers. The grandfather dies, and the father has an accident and goes into a coma, so now Stephen is on his own. Fortunately, after escaping from some vicious slavers, he is rescued by some oddly nice people, who offer to take Stephen and his comatose dad into their community.Stephen doesn¿t understand the mentality of ¿nice,¿ and is suspicious of the inhabitants of this new place called Settler¿s Landing. But not everyone there welcomes outsiders, and that creates some huge problems. Moreover, the slavers don¿t take to escapees very well, and haven¿t given up on following Stephen. And then there is a saucy, snarky, and good-looking girl named Jenny who happens to live in his new community¿.Discussion: This book is quite readable, but is not without some drawbacks. There¿s not a lot of world-building, and thus the apocalyptic scenario raises some credibility issues. (E.g., the purported cause of the nuclear holocaust is a bit eyeball-rolling. And what, no problems with water or soil only 20 years following that nuclear devastation?) But okay, with this genre, I¿m willing to take ¿post-apocalyptic¿ as given, and move on. Then, however, we get to the characterizations.Jenny and Stephen fall for each other after absolutely no interaction whatsoever. And this romance causes each of them to undergo a personality transformation. Again, I will accept that, given the raging hormones besetting teenagers, they generally don't need to take compatibility tests in order to feel a pull toward a total stranger. But the love-induced changes were a bit harder to imagine. In fact, I had trouble keeping up with who Jenny was from moment to moment. Stephen¿s growth path was more linear, but mighty fast.There were some aspects to the plot I liked a lot, such as the role baseball plays in ¿civilizing¿ Stephen, and the relationship between Stephen and Jenny's mother Violet, who fills a mothering role that Stephen soaks up like a lost lamb, which, in a way, he is.I also liked the little tribute to reading that is included in the story. Stephen is teaching a little girl to read, and tells her she will probably like the book he is using, which is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:"`But¿why?¿ Claudia asked¿ `I mean, it¿s not even real.¿¿¿I don¿t know,¿ I said. `I guess ¿ maybe it makes you realize that other worlds are possible.¿¿And that, in a nutshell, is the theme of the book.Evaluation: This is not a hugely original story, but it¿s not bad, and has some page-turner aspects I appreciated.
julie10reads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A generation after China released a weaponized plague on the U.S., the nation is in ruins, and 15-year-old Stephen wanders the country as a scavenger. Summary from BPLThe Eleventh Plague imagines for us the aftermath of a successfully deployed biological weapon. Lack of communication, isolation, deprivation¿all those ¿ation¿ words¿make for a grim dystopia. Typically overpowered by first his grandfather,then his father, Stephen presents as an obedient, cowed teenager trying to survive by following orders. The reader watches as tragic events force Stephen to grow up.Short on detail, The Eleventh Plague can be simplistic at times, good versus evil portrayed by stock characters. I think if the editor had drawn the author out more the novel would have benefited lots. The story itself is interesting but incomplete.7 out of 10 Definitely on the young side of Young Adult.
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read for me. The post-apocalyptic world Jeff has created both thrilled and terrified. It's harsh and there are so many unknowns it's amazing that anyone can survive. Society hasn't yet reformed itself, and it's questionably if it ever will. There is no known governing forces, the landscape is bare and desolate and the people who inhabit it aren't quite old enough to have forgotten how it use to be. It's a world trying to reform and still so very close to imploding.This world in which Stephen lives is also very real. The remnants of the way things were are still fresh - I could see our world in Stephen's and this was not comforting at all. But, it was this realism that added a thrill to the story for me.Alongside this scary, untamed world there is a cast of characters that I really enjoyed. Some really got to me and others didn't make much of an impression but it was a good mix.Overall, I pretty much enjoyed every aspect of The Eleventh Plague and I'm very excited for whatever Jeff has planned next!The Eleventh Plague is a great read for anyone but I really think younger boys will really be engaged by this story. The bleakness of the society combined with characters that are easy to relate to, in my opinion, makes this a perfect read for reluctant and avid readers alike.