novel about a sickness that wipes out a lot of the population (except prepubescent children?)

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novel about a sickness that wipes out a lot of the population (except prepubescent children?)

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Editado: Sep 25, 2012, 6:41am

I read the book about 7'ish years ago. It follows a small group of kids working together to survive.
The sickness was sort of like a bad fever? Some adults lived because they went in to hiding from the disease. The kids find the adults and their new civilization in an old shopping mall.
I know this is a bad summary but I haven't read the book since I was 14. All I know is I enjoyed it at the time and I want to read it again.

Sep 25, 2012, 9:09am

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Sep 25, 2012, 10:30am

>2 jlabeatnik: Yes, but the adults were all dead.

Sep 25, 2012, 5:46pm

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Oct 8, 2012, 7:53am

Try: The Tribe: A New World by A.J. Penn and Power and Chaos by Paula Boock.

The stories start six to nine months after all the adults have been killed by an unknown Virus. The story is about the survival of the children and teenagers who are left on their own in and around an unnamed City. The world has become a primitive hell of anarchy, confusion, danger and fear. With no adults to guide, rule or protect them, the children of the world are on their own and need to build a New World they can live in.

Based on a New Zealand/British TV show from 1999-2003 which focuses on the Tribe of the Mall Rats. Its members are confronted with problems of technology (how to get clean water and some form of power) and problems of morality. The children deal with teenage issues (loves, fears, betrayals, ambitions, friendships) as well as bigger issues that threaten peace in their New World (finding an antidote to the Virus, bringing peace to the City, defeating the Locos, Chosen and Technos).

This sounds like what you may be looking for ?

Oct 8, 2012, 12:55pm

>3 stellarexplorer: I thought perhaps the episode simply didn't show the ones in hiding.

Oct 10, 2012, 11:25am

No, that was the premise: a long drawn out childhood, with symptoms breaking out in adolescence, followed by death. The coming-of-age story wrapped around illness and death gave the story much of its poignancy.

Oct 10, 2012, 12:44pm

Sounds like The Subtle Knife but the story is not about these children. (The protagonists are Lyra and Will.)

Mar 15, 2013, 2:01am

The Kindling by Jennifer Armstrong perhaps?