The Plague Year
by Edward Bloor
Okay, so to start, let me just say that fantasy is usually my go-to genre. Feeling adventurous one day, I decided to pick up this novel, a piece of literature that is realistic fiction.
Trying to get out of my comfort zone, this books looked like it might be a nice break from my regular reading. This story is set in a small town in Blackwater, PA. The story centers on Tom, a regular, run-of-the-mill high schooler, who is actually kind of boring in my opinion. The synopsis of the story on the book cover tells you that it’s about the drug Meth and how it will take over this small town that Tom lives in and turn its residents into “zombies.” There is even a quote on the back of the book that read “I see walking death” that really caught my attention. Sounds like a really interesting and compelling story, right?? WRONG!
This book was such a big disappointment to me. I was excited in the beginning of the read at the prospect of a great depiction of drug use and its effects on people. By the time I was 3/4 of the way through the book, Meth might have been mentioned 2, maybe 3 times in passing. An example is when one of Tom’s teachers mentioned that this is a new drug in town called Meth….BORING! I stopped reading the book at about the 3/4 mark because I was bored to death. The characters were flat and dull, there was hardly any mention of the topic that the books was supposed to be centered around and the plot went nowhere. Since this book was such a big disappointment….I’ll have to call it a LOSER!