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Tom Leveen

Sick

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Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They're the misfits and wily troublemakers--the ones who jump their high school's fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they're the only ones with a chance of surviving.The virus turns Brian's classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don't die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department--far from Brian's sister and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won't be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Specifications

Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
Tom Leveen
Title
Sick
ISBN-13
9781419712289
Publication Date
August, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.75 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
1419712284

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I loved it! It was cre...

I loved it! It was creepy and definitely had me on the edge for most of the book. I couldn't even imagine what I would do in the same position that these kids were in. Just thinking about it is giving me the shivers! I love the fact that nothing is really cleared up so your left wondering what caused it or how it's going to be cleared up. It just makes you think about it for awhile after you've finished.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Brian is kind of a sla...

Brian is kind of a slacker in school. His grades aren't the best and he isn't adverse to ditching a few periods with his friends. One day, he chooses to ditch school and notices a lot of sick people around. His mother is a doctor and gets called out of town to assess a mysterious situation. This all while spreading reports of violence plague the news. He thinks it's a bit weird, but goes on with his life. Brian returns to school and helps build sets for drama instead of going to a pep rally. Lucky for him (an unlucky for everyone there), the pep rally turns into a riot as people they know have lost their minds, attacking others. Now his sister and ex-girlfriend are trapped in the school somewhere and Brian sets out to save them. Brian and his friends are the most unlikely heroes for the zombie apocalypse. Brian is a nice person, but slacks in some areas. His best friend Chad is an aggressive jerk who doesn't care about offending people or getting in someone's face. Both of them really step it up o save their friends. Brian is surprisingly protective of his sister and discovers he still has feelings for his anxiety ridden ex. Chad finds he's not as bloodthirsty as he thought and acts nobly to save as many people as possible. I thought I would hate them at the beginning of the book, but they actually grew and became people I like over the course of the novel. The zombies are a little different than the normal. The first signs of infection are normal cold or flu-like symptoms with crystal-like formations. These formations get more and more out of control until they finally become full zombie. Brian thinks they consume bone marrow to try to cure their illness, but it's never seen how true that is. Brian's mom insists that they should hurt these sick people, but that's incredibly unrealistic. When people are salivating after my flesh, I'm going to fight back and so do Brian and his friends. Overall, I liked the book and it's design. The chapter pages has the time and a growing amount of zombies as it goes along with blood splatter on the first pages of each chapter. It's a cool effect that illustrates how dire the situation is and how many zombies populate the world. The book has some flaws. Too much time was spend being holed up in the drama room. I felt it was a missed opportunity and the pacing of the novel suffered. Brian's ex-girlfriend has an anxiety disorder and I thought it would be an interesting opportunity in an apocalypse situation. Somehow, she doesn't have an negative effects because of it as if it was magically cured by something extremely anxiety inducing for everyone. It was enjoyable and it was a very fast read. I would read a sequel to see where the story goes.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I pick up this story, ...

I pick up this story, cause well you know me. I love zombies. And a zombie tale in a high school? I'm so there! Plot: This story follows a few teenagers who get stuck in a zombie apocalypse while there are in school. One thing that really captures me in the story, is the piece by piece information of watching people get sick. First it starts off as a cold, then is escalades into a zombie feast. It's crazy reading each chapter and watching the horrors unfold before the readers eyes. Another great aspect of the story is watching these characters, Brian, Chad, Laura and Kenzie go from teenagers to just trying to survive the day. It had an excellent plot that I would dive into again. ZOMBIES: What would you do if a zombie outbreak happen at your school? You leave the school and then you see it everywhere. It's on the street, people are running and screaming. You look for your loved ones right? That is what Brain does. He goes on this mission to find his sister Kenzie and his ex-girl Laura. Of course, when a zombie apocalypse happens deep secrets are exposed. This apocalypse lead Brian to look at things differently. It gives Brian strength to do what he needs to do and save the ones he loves. Ending: After all the zombie craziness has happen, the ending is bittersweet. Friends have been lost and actions are done that can't be taken back. Not to mention the change that happen in both Brian and his friends life. They are not the same. Some for the better and some bad. This is an awesome book to take you on that adventure you need. The familiar movement of life and then hits the unexpected. Sick is an successful story of survival. It captures all the emotions that teens have with the umph of fighting and thought -provoking plot. Sick is gallant.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I believed the narrato...

I believed the narrator was a teenage boy. Action on every page. Not thought provoking-but a quick, fun, read.

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Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

I have thought about t...

I have thought about this review for about a week since reading this book. My initial reaction was that I really enjoyed it but that some of it bothered me. I am still feeling the same way though, so I will write how I feel about it. Sick starts out as a zombie outbreak type storyline, someone is sick and then craziness begins. It is set in a high school for most of the book and if from the point of view of some teenage high school boys, one in particular. Now given that this was a zombie book it was right up my alley. I love these! Chaos, madness, all out bloodshed and violence; only with this book it kind of wasn't. Brian the main character is almost too calm throughout the whole ordeal and even sometimes positive about the eventual outcome and his friends, well, they are kind of just mean kids. Apart from this being a zombie story without a really "Oh MY God Zombies are Eating Me!!!!" kind of feel it was also very racist. I can admit that while reading it some of these moments were kind subdued but they were racist none-the-less. Quotes about a black kid looking white and they didn't that was possible, commenting on a Latino kid and constantly pointing out his race in a derogatory kind of way.... I understand that there are a lot of teens these days that think stuff like this comes off more as humorous than mean, but even if you are writing to an audience there has to be a line. These were not cool and they shouldn't be condoned. So highlights of the book, yes there were a select few, it was set from a male point of view and I think we need more books for young male readers from the male POV. Brian the main character is overall a good kid, he loves his family and friends and would do anything to save them - that is a good quality to inspire young readers, and lastly the storyline while mostly outside of the zombie norm, was entertaining. It was easy to read and I am glad it was, because otherwise I am not sure I would have made it though it.

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