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.Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
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.
Publisher: Egmont USA
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I've become more interested in survival fiction recently, so I'm adding anything remotely along those lines to my to-read list instantly. It isn't so much a "got to prepare for the Mayan calender" thing as it is a morbid fascination one. Survival fiction, I think, brings out the best in characters, and makes it easier for both the author and the reader to see more of how a character thinks and reacts in tough times because they are put in a desperate situation to begin with. How one acts under pressure says a lot about a person.
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