The Plague Carrier
by Merrie Destefano
What is it about:
A teenage runaway’s post-apocalyptic world comes tumbling down when she discovers a survivor in a field of dead bodies.
Condemned as a runaway and sentenced to work as a Cleaner, fifteen-year-old Anna now spends her days searching for valuables in a field of dead warriors. Her life goes from bad to worse, however, when she stumbles upon a plague carrier, a boy her age who could kill her entire camp with a single drop from the flask he carries around his neck.
What did I think of it:
This is a short post-apocalyptic YA story.
Anna's life has fallen to pieces, but she stills keeps hope and keeps going on. Then a dangerous boy shows up and might destroy what little she has left. I loved that there's a minimum of worldbuilding, but that Destefano still manages to create a clear post-apocalyptic setting and atmosphere with well chosen words and descriptions.
This being a short story I can't tell too much without spoiling, but it was a great read, and I wouldn't mind reading more stories in this setting.
Why should you read it:
This is a quick and satisfying Post-Apocalyptic YA read
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