This gripping story of a plague infested island seen through teen Kaelyn’s eyes should be quite popular with teens. The setting is an island off the coast of Canada, reachable only by boat. Residents fall ill with what appears to be a cold followed by scratching then a breakdown of mental reasoning before death takes them. The government tries to help, initially, but the situation becomes too dangerous so they leave the islanders to fend for themselves. The author paints a bleak but realistic view of how a society can quickly break down in the face of panic and hysteria.
Galley review. Publication date: 1.24.12