Synopses & Reviews
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. Theyre the misfits and the troublemakersthe ones who jump their high schools fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, theyre the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brians classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who dont die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater departmentfar from Brians sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it wont be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.
Praise for SICK
"The gore and action will leave enthralled readers thrilled and then sated with each kill on either side."
"Between the pacing and the heroes salty, blue language (full of lovingly creative, genital-inspired insults), reluctant readers who love zombies will devour it, right up to the abrupt end."
"Sick is well written, with great detail, even if it is a little gory."
2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers list from YALSA
"Although it relies on some increasingly common dystopian tropes, Hirsch's debut novel is an impressive story with strong characters. 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. Shortly after Stephen's grandfather dies, his father has an accident crossing a river and is incapacitated. Stephen finds himself at the small village of Settler's Landing, where a group of survivors have created an isolated haven of sorts, a far cry from the life Stephen is used to. While there, he meets Jenny, a girl of Chinese descent who is ostracized because of her race. Even as Stephen worries about his father's fate (and his own), he begins to fall for Jenny, and they are both drawn into the horrors of their world, sometimes through their own miscalculated actions. Hirsch delivers a tight, well-crafted story, and although the world-building is light on detail regarding the global cataclysm and its aftermath, most readers will be able to accept the hand-waving and enjoy the action and danger. Ages 12 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, Americas 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 Stephens grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settlers 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 Settlers Landing--and their lives--forever.
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 www.jeff-hirsch.com.