Monday, 5 March 2012

Plague by Michael Grant

Synopsis (FromThe Waterstones Website)

 (Contains mild spoilers for the rest of the series so I'm whiting it out. Highlight if you want to read it!)
The FAYZ goes from bad to worse...The darkness has been foiled once again and the resurrected Drake has been contained. But the streets of Perdido Beach are far from safe, with a growing army of mutants fighting against the humans for power in the town. In a small room of a house near the edge of town, Little Pete lies ill on a bed. In his fevered dreams, he continues his battle with the hidden evil that seeks to use his power to bring about anarchy and destruction.
 What I Have to Say

About the series in general

This is another really good story world. What happens when kids are left alone? Maybe throw in a few power mad kids. And then why not go the whole way and give them superpowers? What could possibly go wrong? 
In some ways it's rather like a modernised version of Lord of the Flies, but then the superpowers come in and it's a whole different thing. It's gives a new angle and updates it a lot by bringing in mental issues such as sociopathy and autism. 

I also think that Sam is perfect as the main narrator. The weight of responsibility and the decisions that he makes really show how hard it is to suddenly have responsibility for a lot of people. Especially when they're kids who just expect him to just solve everything. 

So I would really recommend the series. Especially if you like dark storylines and really, really twisted characters.  

About Plague in Particular (SPOILERS FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES)

I don't think I liked this book as much as the last one. It was still really good, but I'm feeling that it might be time to bring them out of the FAYZ now. Or at least put something new in there to make it feel fresh again. I'm so curious to know how everything would change without the FAYZ. I mean are Sam's worries really going to take place or is it just paranoia on his part? But for now, especially since the Blink, it's just feeling quite stretched out and just becoming the same fights over and over. 

Don't get me wrong, plague is still really worth reading. I just feel that the series needs something new for the next book. 

Anyway, that's just my opinion on the matter. Feel free to disagree in the comments. Then we could have a debate! :P  

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