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The Loners
Contributor(s): Thomas, Lex
ISBN: 1606844385     ISBN-13: 9781606844380
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2013

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you're as good as dead. And David has no gang. It's just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don't fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Survival; Fiction.
Gangs; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011039460
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Quarantine
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 404 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 155158
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): x Thomas is the author team made up of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies.

Lex Hrabe was a Drama Geek in high school as well as student body president, but in spite of his affilia­tions, he probably wouldn't have lasted a week if his school had been quarantined. Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worn hats as an actor, director, and writer. In addition to working as a screenwriter, he heads development at Cinespire Entertainment, a boutique production company (

If Thomas Voorhies were a character in The Quarantine Trilogy, he would be a member of the Art Geek gang. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and continues to practice and exhibit his realist oil paintings. When he isn't writing or paint­ing out of his home in Los Angeles, he is either watching movies, or watching even more movies. To see a selection of his artwork, visit:

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
David and Will Thorpe start the year with an unexpected, indefinite quarantine in their school; the spreading airborne virus, carried by adolescents, kills adults. After months of hiding from color-coded, clique-based gangs, David unwittingly becomes leader of the Loners. The narrative is uneven until the final quarter, but this novel is a fascinating character study of teens fighting for survival.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 March #1)

First in the Quarantine trilogy, this debut novel from Thomas, a pseudonym for first-time writers Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, is a violent and somewhat campy high-concept mashup, tossing Walter Hill's The Warriors into a high school setting and seeding it with elements of Lord of the Flies. After a biotech disaster unleashes a weaponized disease that creates teenage carriers and kills adults exposed to them, McKinley High is quarantined. A year later, themed gangs—including Varsity, Freaks, Pretty Ones, and Sluts—have formed to fight over a once-a-week food drop from the government. David, an unaffiliated "Scrap," works with his epileptic younger brother, Will, to get by, and eventually ends up leading his own gang of outsiders after saving the life of an outcast Pretty One named Lucy. The battle between Varsity and the newly christened Loners occasionally gets muddled, and the authors are more interested in high-impact brutality than realism, but the fast and gory action (one trap-filled hallway sequence is particularly memorable) should satisfy the core audience. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 June)

Gr 9 Up—David's experiences at his typical American high school turn into terror after a huge explosion changes everything. He and the other students watch as their teachers die gruesome deaths, and, when they try to escape, they are fired upon by the military. Weeks later, the canopy that traps them opens to drop supplies, and they are forced to fight tooth and nail to survive. A giant television screen is brought in, projecting a talking head that explains that they are carrying a contagion that only affects prepubescent teens, and so they are under quarantine. Quickly, the students form into gangs to protect one another and to help snap up the food that is delivered via black helicopter every two weeks or so. Sam, whom David attacked at a party while drunk, is the head of the strongest gang, called Varsity, and David ends up leading The Loners. The relationship between David and his brother, Will, may be the best part of this story, but it takes a backseat to the battles and struggle of the rival gangs in this first book in the series. While some of the treatment of girl and boy characters seems a bit clichéd, this is a solid choice for teens hooked on the dystopian genre.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

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