Published May 2014 by Sky Pony Press|216 pages
Where I Got It: Nook store
Genre: YA Contemporary/Survival
Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak-her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey-Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
What I Thought:
I’ve been excited about Pandemic for a while- excited enough to start reading it when it came out. I really liked it, and it’s one of those books I won’t forget anytime soon.
A horrible, horrible strain of the flu breaks out, which becomes a disaster as it spreads all over the world. What makes this book frightening and terrifyingly real is that it’s a scenario I can see happening. Especially since it seems like it really could happen any time now.
And the flu combined with all of Lil’s issues were a good combination. Having enough supplies and worrying about things like global pandemic and infectious diseases seemed to be Lil’s way of dealing with the Mr. B incident months earlier at school. I really felt for Lil and everything that was going on with the pandemic. There’s so much going on, and I was definitely interested throughout the entire book. It’s a book where no one is safe, and I liked that you never knew who was going to die, and that it happened to people you got to know. Ventresca didn’t shy away from that at all, which made the book feel so much more realistic.
I love that Lil’s good side really came through and that people came together to make sure people were taken care of. The hope that people have and trying to get through hard, scary and uncertain times really came through and there is a definite sense of community in the book. Which was nice. There really is a good balance of hope and community along with uncertain scariness.
Let’s Rate It:
I really enjoyed Pandemic! It’s action-packed and realistic…like, creepy, scary realistic. Pandemic gets 4 stars.