The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an impressive debut novel. What begins as a post apocalyptic account of survival becomes a snapshot of humanity in all its beauty and hideousness.
Stephen Quinn and his family survived an influenza pandemic which decimated humankind. They make a living by Salvaging things to trade. Stephen's abusive grandfather dies, leaving Stephen and his father to fend for themselves for the first time ever in their lives. It doesn't take long before Stephen's father is hurt and Stephen has to find sanctuary.
Through serendipitous circumstances, Stephen winds up in an actual town called "Settler's Landing." A town is a rarity in this post pandemic society and this town seems Utopic in its ability to work together and offer its residents a life very similar to how things were before the plague. Stephen wonders if he has finally found a place where he can belong and have a future. However, there are troubles in this town. There is greed and a struggle for power. There is danger from the outside world. There is selfishness. The peace that "Settler's Landing" has known is at risk and Stephen has a central role to play.
An engaging read for fans of dystopian fiction. Recommended for ages 12+.