Plague Land by Alex Scarrow
eBook review copy; 384 pages
ReMade YA Series #1
Plague Land by Alex Scarrow is a highly recommended YA horror thriller that was previously published under the title ReMade.
Leon and his younger sister Grace have recently moved to London,
England, from NYC after their parent's divorce. Leon is struggling to
fit in at his new school when he begins to notice short news blurbs
about a plague spreading in Africa. No one seems to worried, but Leon is
becoming alarmed. The plague is unlike any other seen and seems to be
spreading at an unbelievable rate, killing everything in its path.
Leon's decision to answer a phone call from his father is fortuitous, as
his father tells them all to leave London, ASAP. This advice may have
saved them because it got Leon, Grace, and their mother out of London,
just as the plague was hitting there. However, once they witness up
close victims of the plague liquefying, they realize that there might
not be a safe place anywhere anymore.
Plague Land is, without a doubt, the start of a new YA series. It
is an engrossing, basically fast-paced horror novel that should capture
the attention of the YA crowd, although it's probably best suited for
older/mature teens. There are a few slower parts to the story, but they
tend to be developing the structure of the post-plague society.
Interspersed in the novel are short chapters told from the point of view
of the virus/plague, that hint at further developments along that line
in future installments. This is a plague that works as a collective and
can formulate a plan.
The writing is good, but I suspect that won't matter to most of the
readers of this sci-fi-horror-thriller. The characters are nicely
developed for the first book in the series. Scarrow has left readers
several scenes that point to many different directions that the story
can take in future installments - and I imagine that there will likely
be more than one or two. Mature YA readers of horror will likely embrace
this new series. (It did hold my attention, but as a decidedly adult
reader perhaps not enough to read the next installment.)
My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.