Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bookanista Review: The Eleventh Plague, by Jeff Hirsch--AND A SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay--I'm FINALLY back to my Bookanista Review schedule--and just in time to feature a fabulous book coming out very soon! THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE, by Jeff Hirsch.


Here's how the publisher describes it:

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

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 for food and other items essential for survival. 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, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. 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 forever.

So, clearly this is a dystopian--and as many of you may remember, I've been a *little* burned out on the dystopian genre recently, just because there are SO MANY. But I was drawn to this one because a) I'd heard it was awesome from more than one person. And b) it's DIFFERENT. 

It's not set in a world/society so far into the future that it almost feels like it's on another planet. Instead, it takes place in the all-too-familiar ruins of America after a devastating war and plague (a scenario which is described in a disconcertingly plausible way). There's no sci-fi techie gadgets, no highly developed alternate government oppressing the masses with its rules and regulations. And the story takes place only years after "The Collapse," with characters who can actually remember the way things were before. Which gives the story a completely different feel from the average dystopian novel out there. (None of which I am criticizing, btw. I'm a huge fan of many of them. I'm just a little burned out and enjoying some variety). It feels almost real--like something that could possibly (but hopefully not) happen at some point in the future. Which makes it a totally page-turning, wild ride.

I won't say more than that, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But I highly recommend it to all of you. Which is why I'm sharing my ARC with one lucky commenter on this post. Oh, and it's SIGNED. :)

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, August 27th (going to be a quick contest this time, so I can get the prize out to one of you nice and quick.) I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, August 28th. International entries welcome.

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Elana Johnson revels in Write Your Book Now!
LiLa Roecker  is gaga for Imaginary Girls
Christine Fonseca  celebrates Circle of Fire – with giveaway
Megan Miranda is transfixed by Between
Shana Silver delves into The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Corrine Jackson celebrates her “Blogiversary” with YA Authors sharing Lessons Learned
Stasia Ward Kehoe  falls for the cover of The Fox Inheritance


51 comments:

  1. I'm not burnt out by the dystopian genre yet as I am by paranormals, although I'd love something different.

    Can I win? Please? :)

    speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

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  2. I recently won this book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  3. Oh oh oh oh oh! I'm soooo excited about THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE! I've been hearing about it for MONTHS!!! Jeff is hilarious, and I love dystopian. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway. (crossing fingers)
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. yay, another great giveaway! thanks!

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I think my daughter would really like it too. Thanks for the contest.

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  6. This book is awesome from what I was able to read in that kindle sample. I cannot wait to read the full thing. Ever since I saw the cover I knew I wanted to read this.

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  7. Love love love dystopians, could read them one after the other! And I've wanted to read this one ever since I first saw that awesome cover. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    jmanni32@yahoo.com

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  8. I've heard nothing but great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. The Eleventh Plague has an amazing story! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  10. I am SO excited to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway =)

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  11. I would actually love to read more dystopian. I haven't been able to read all the ones I've wanted to. So, thanks for the contest! Here's hopin'...

    kprwrite at hotmail dot ocm

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  12. Oh wow, this book sounds so good. Great review. I will have to add this to my 'to read' list. :0)

    thanks!

    aprilchaug@gmail.com

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  13. I dooo love the cover to this, green and black are striking! Would love to have this :) Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    sahina@hotmail.co.uk

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  14. Sounds great! I'd love to read it. Count me in please. I follow your blog

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I read the first four chapters on Jeff's blog. I definitely look forward to reading more and I'd love to be entered for the ARC.

    cherie.reich(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thanks so much for giving us an opportunity to win a copy of The Eleventh Plague. Sounds great.

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  17. I've been eager to read this one ever since Elana reviewed it. Now, I'm eager X 2! :-)

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  18. Please count me in!I want to read this!

    I'm a GFC follower(Janhvi Jagtap) and an email subscriber.

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  19. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  20. I can't wait to read this book and would love to win!!

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  21. I hear you on being a little burnt out on dystopian, but I've been eying this book because I heard it was more like post-apocalyptic. That and it sounds pretty different. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  22. I have this book on my reserve list from the library, but it would be cool to win it. I've wanted to read it for a while. And, hey my birthdays on the 28th, so it would be a lovely birthday present. ;0)

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  23. I, too, have heard some fabulous things about this book. I'm definitely on my way to being burned out on dystopias so I am trying to pick up other things...but the dystopias keep popping up!

    I'd love to win. :-D

    readinginthecorner11(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. This book sounds good :) I would love to win it. <3 Thank you for the giveaway :D
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  25. My husband has been whining for more Maze Runner, maybe this will tide him over. (And I want to read it too!)

    Read the sample Jeff had online, and was just blown away by the somewhat numb emotion the book begins with.

    Good luck to everyone who enters!

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  26. I'm also getting kind of sick of dystopians. But I love when characters remember how things were "before". It puts an interesting spin on things.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. I've been looking forward to this one as well. I love dystopian but am also getting tired of the same kind coming down the pipe and this one looks different. Always up for different.

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  28. I've heard so many people raving about this! (PLUS I need a fresh dystopian to read!)

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  29. Wow! This book sounds amazing! Count me in for sure! I'm always looking for something new to read even if my TBR pile just keeps growing. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

    xjessirae@hotmail.com

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  30. GFC: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042@csusm.edu
    thanks for the giveaway! the little blurb really help - now I'm curious about the book

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  31. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
    GFC- audreyclair
    twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  32. I'm not going to lie, I really want to win this one. I mean, just look at that cover! This book looks freaking amazing!

    Thanks for the contest!

    jennapomme[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  33. This one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  34. I absolutely love dystopias and post-apocalyptic novels, and I'm glad to hear this one's different from most! (Even though I love them, some *do* start getting to seem the same.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

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  35. Nice to have "met" you at writeoncon and I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for the awesome give away.

    cbowmanjahn at yahoo dot com

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  36. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

    AndyE[dot]1989[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  37. Dystopian has always been one of my favorite genres so I'm really grateful for it's recent popularity. Before a few years ago, it was hard to find more than one good one every now and then.

    Stretch this "trend" out as much as possible, I say!

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  38. Thank you for the contest! I'm really dying to read this book. :)

    angelidgcruz[at]gmail[dot[com

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  39. Sounds like a book a lot like "Cell" by Stephen King which I loved. Count me in as this sounds pretty cool.

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  40. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  41. Great cover! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway, Shannon! :)

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  43. I've really been wanting to read this for a long time! Thanks for the chance to win :D

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I would love to win this one!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  45. This is on my TBR list. Here's hoping I win!

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  46. Sounds awesome! I feel like most of the dystopian novels I have read recently have been very similar in plot, in tech, even in names! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  47. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  48. Please please please enter me!!! :)

    themgowl at gmail dot com

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  49. I just barely squeaked in this time! Hooray! Thanks for the review - I'll never burn out on dystopian novels. Thanks for the giveaway!

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