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About the Book:
Title: BLACK RIVER FALLS
Author: Jeff Hirsch
Pub. Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Seventeen-year-old Cardinal has escaped the virus that ravaged his town, leaving its victims alive but without their memories. He chooses to remain in the quarantined zone, caring for a group of orphaned kids in a mountain camp with the help of the former brutal school bully, now transformed by the virus into his best friend. But then a strong-willed and mysterious young woman appears, and the closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.
Here are some things about me.
I live in an extremely Brazilian section of an extremely Greek neighborhood—Astoria, Queens, which is just to the right of Manhattan. (That’s as you face Manhattan. If you were, say, lying on your back in the middle of Central Park with your head in a northerly position, we would be to your left) I live there with my wife who has a blog and our two cats who do not. One day I hope to have a very large dog that I can name Jerry Lee Lewis.
I used to write plays (I actually have an MFA in it, which is currently number 8 on US News and World Report’s annual list of the top twenty most useless masters degrees) and now I write books for teens. I’ve written two. One was about a girl who wanted to be a rock star and could graciously be called a learning experience.
The second, is The Eleventh Plague and it comes out Sept. 1, a fact I still find pretty amazing.
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I was excited about this book when I received a copy because it sounded like it was right up my alley.
This is the story about a town under quarantine due to a mysterious illness that has wiped away all memories of the people that live there. The National Guard has been called in and they are trying to keep things under control. The protagonist, Cardinal Cassidy, finds out that he is immune to this virus. No matter how much he continues to put himself in the middle of the infected people, he does not contract the virus himself. He even helps an infected girl that cannot remember anything and has been named Hannah. Soon, the government leaves the town and another corporation moves in, one that threatens to reopen the town. That means all of the infected people will be sent off to other cities/towns/states. Cardinal finds he cannot leave as he has a family tie to the place and he is desperate to learn of his past.
This story was an interesting concept only there were times it didn’t move as quickly as I had hoped. Yet this was an interesting take on the apocalypse with some heartbreaking moments. I kept thinking that if a cure was found, should it be given to those already infected or to the larger crowd of those at risk to become infected? The introduction of this “mysterious girl” probably should have come much sooner in the story but instead, came towards the end. Speaking of the end, the end of the story was good but I just wish there had been a little more to it.
I believe middle grade readers will enjoy this story as well as YA readers.