Title: The Q
Author: Amy Tintera
Published: November 8th
Publisher: Random House Children’s
About the Book
In this action-packed adventure from a New York Times bestselling author, two teenagers from opposite worlds must fight their way through a vast walled quarantine zone in a dystopian America toward their only chance for survival.
Seventeen-year-old Maisie Rojas has spent her entire life in the Q—a post-pandemic quarantine zone that was once Austin, Texas. Born and raised behind the high security walls that sealed their fate, she’s now a trusted lieutenant for one of the territory’s controlling families.
Lennon Pierce, the charismatic son of a US presidential candidate, has just been kidnapped by his father’s enemies and dropped out of a plane into the Q with nothing but a parachute strapped to his back. Lennon is given a temporary antidote to the disease and crucial intel for his father, but Maisie must get him out of the zone within forty-eight hours–or he will be permanently infected and forced to remain.
With unrest brewing both inside and outside the Q, reaching the exit is a daunting and dangerous task. But if Maisie and Lennon fail, it could mean disaster for the entire quarantine zone and its inhabitants—and could cost Lennon his life.
Strap in for breakneck action and compelling characters in this timely, nonstop thriller.
About the Author
Amy Tintera is the NYT bestselling author of thrilling novels for readers of all ages. Her books include the Reboot and Ruined series, and All These Monsters, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages and sold into more than 20 territories.
She earned degrees in journalism and film and worked in Hollywood before becoming an author. Raised in Austin, Texas, she frequently sets her novels in the Lone Star state, but she now lives in Los Angeles, where there’s far less humidity, but not nearly enough Tex-Mex.
Her next book, The Q, will be out November 8, 2022 from Penguin Random House. Her adult debut, Listen for the Lie, will be published in early 2024 by Holt/Macmillan.
In the quarantine zone, known as “the Q,” residents are cut off from the rest of the US. Some people were born inside; this is the only life they know, as no one can leave. The US only allows one entrance to the Q that is strictly for supplies, and that entrance is in the North. Divided from the North, the southern residents depend on the food and medicine runs from the North. Run by two opposing gangs and with a disease with no cure, life inside the Q isn’t easy. But when Lennon, a senator’s son, is dropped inside, Rosie is tasked with bringing him to the gate. It will be dangerous, and they’re on borrowed time, lest Lennon becomes infected.
Tintera writes in the introduction that she wrote the book before the pandemic, and it’s a case of bad timing, which is completely understandable. But the storyline is unique, which will appeal to a lot of readers. There are many varying elements: the city isn’t at peace, there are opposing factions, and of course, one is trying to control the other. I like the way this is set up, with no easy resolution to this pandemic, but that it is contained, even if the means of doing so is awful.
I also really dig the dystopian premise, not only in what’s happening to the Q residents but with the president of the US as well. I enjoyed the alternating points of view this is told in, even when the POVs seem like complete opposites. Rosie is street smart, and I empathize with what her life must look like. Lennon is forced to wear a face that doesn’t reflect who he is because of his father. Overall, this is a book you don’t want to put down.
“In his opinion, the people of the quarantine zone should have access to the same internet as every other free nation.”
“He wondered if he was asking too many questions, if she could tell he was equal parts fascinated and horrified by it all.”
“Your arm looks weird,” he said. “Your face looks weird,” she retorted.
“Making people appear relaxed when they actually want to punch me is one of my strong suits.”
“There isn’t a vaccine. If there was, you’d all be out of here.”
“Just, trust me. I’m really good at this. I change the narrative. Let me change this one.”
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