Quarantine: The Loners

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The book, Quarantine : The Loners by Lex Thomas is the first book of the science fiction trilogy, the Quarantine series. This book shows that even in crisis you have to find the best of the situation and work through it. It was just a normal first day of school at McKinley High School for David and Will until a colossal explosion ravaged the school, and during this catastrophe, every single person graduated from High School convulses and dies in front of each and every student’s eyes. One year after this catastrophic event, McKinley high school emerges into disarray and there are cliques formed with each “type” of student, creating violence between each group except the Scraps which are the “leftovers” of the high school left scouring for the…show more content…
This book shows the conflict between good and evil, and in order to defeat the evil you have to overcome the many struggles in the journey. The two main Demi-Gods of the series, Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, become separated from the others in the group and fall into the deep treacherous Tartarus, which is an abyss beneath Hades, the lord of the underworld. Knowing they are in the physical body of the antagonist’s, or Gaea’s husband, the two begin their bizarre journey through the terrifying landscape towards their destination, the Doors of Death, which will get them out of Tartarus to help their friends in the adventure. While Percy and Annabeth go through Tartarus, the other five demigods along with two friends try to get to Greece, but along the way they face numerous enemies who are trying to keep them from reaching the Doors of Death and reuniting all seven of the Demigods to kill the Titan, Gaea. Percy first states that, “‘ I will kill Gaea,’ he muttered. ‘I will tear her apart with my bare hands.’ Annabeth nodded, but she was thinking about Tartarus’s boast. He could not be killed. Neither could Gaea. Against such power, even Titans and giants were hopelessly outmatched. Demigods stood no chance. She also remembered Bob’s warning: This may not be the last sacrifice you must make to stop Gaea” (Riordan 530-531). If the reader enjoys Greek and Roman mythology,…show more content…
Pelzer is an incredible, gut-wrenching, non-fiction story. This book shows that if you’re too scared to stand up to the person making your life miserable, the same horrific actions will continue to carry on until you are willing to take a stand or take action. He would find any way to get his brother in trouble just because he had the power to, and it gave him a sense of authority over his brother until his brother was taken by social services. He then started endured the pain of the same abuse his brother faced for the next seven years by his mother starting at the age of eight, and he was always too scared to stand up to his mom with the many friends he had, even with the many opportunities to turn her in. Richard states that, “I had been so desperate for Mom to love that little boy that I couldn’t let him go until I found a way for Mom to love me. All the time I had spent hanging on and shrinking into that child amazed me. I recalled my thoughts about my own life and I realized that as a child, I could never have stood up to Mom and fought back” (Pelzer 260). This quote shows that he knew that he should’ve and could’ve stood up to his mom, but he was too scared and he faced the horrors of his mom’s abuse in return. This book really let me know the horrors of the world and how many kids are being abused and are too scared to speak out against it. If some people really need help, they shouldn’t be scared or embarrassed to call for
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