Hardcover, 278 pagesPublished September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press ISBN: 0545290147
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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. 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. 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--and their lives--forever.
The more I think on this one, the more I felt like I had wasted time. It started off pretty slow, but it was still interesting. 15 year old Stephen is burying his grandfather with his dad. His dad slips and falls into a gorge-like area (from what I read, it seemed like it was a suicide attempt). He survives but only because a group of people from a settlement find them.
From there, the book went downhill. There was no real action, no real conflict, nothing. It was just words for the rest of the book. There was so much potential. Even the dystopia part of it wasn't that great.
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