Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn, doomsayer she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lilianna’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak—her father in D.C. covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey—Lilianna’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lilianna does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Liliana is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, her living nightmare returns. Will Lilianna survive the outbreak and overcome her personal demons?
"As is to be expected in an apocalyptic novel, there is no
shortage of tension or death and a few gruesomely dead bodies, but teen
disaster fans will likely appreciate that the high schoolers are portrayed as
good, helpful people, but certainly not perfect. This fast read will appeal to
fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It (2006), even though the type
of apocalypse is different."
"This is an engrossing apocalyptic story, told through
Lil’s eyes and newsfeeds as her neighborhood, then the East Coast, and finally
the entire U.S. buckles to its knees as the pandemic spreads. . . . Themes
of friendship and coming together in a crisis carry the novel." --School
“In her first novel, Ventresca pulls together three unrelated
themes to create a medical thriller/romance. . . . this realistic page-turner
will keep most readers enthralled.” --Kirkus Reviews
"An intriguing story about emotional trauma, fear, danger,
and the will to survive you won't want to put down." --Kids Bookshelf
"I can honestly say this is one of my favorite reads thus
far this year and easily ranks in my top 25 favorite disaster novels.
Yeah, it is that good. . . . Rather like many real world
examples of flu pandemics, the very young and the very old are largely
unaffected, while those in the prime of their lives are among the highest
concentrations of victims. This is just one of many examples throughout Pandemic where it is obvious the author has done her
homework." -- Jim Cobb of Survival Weekly
"In all,Pandemicis a fast and gripping story. . . .The plot never
failed to impress me; there was always a surprise around the corner. I loved
how I could just jump right into the story due to the fact that it felt so
real! . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would not hesitate to
recommend it to those who have read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer or
other apocalyptic stories. I would also give it a rating of 5/5 stars!" --Sophie C., Teen Ink