Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: A Death-Struck Year

A Death-Struck Year
Author: Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers (Houghton Mifflin)
Expected Publication: March 4, 2014

In the grip of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, not even the strong survive.
The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast—but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic.

Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history, and leaves readers asking: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
My Thoughts: I'm from the Pacific Northwest and lived in Portland for 4 years so anything set there is going to attract my attention. Combine that with the Spanish Influenza which I find fascinating and you've got me sold!


  1. I love books that take place in the same area as me. I don't read too much historical fiction but this one sounds interesting.

    My WOW

  2. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds really good. Great pick! ~Pam

  3. Great pick! I've never heard of this one before but will be adding it. I love when books are in my state, too, since they're rare. Hope you enjoy the book when you get your hands on a copy. :)

    Raina @ The LUV'NV

  4. Very interesting, I like books with a touch realism. Awesome choice. :D

    Mitchii @ The AeropapersWaiting on Wednesday

  5. This sounds like an awesome historical read! My sister would love this since she's such micro/virus geek haha. Thanks for spotlighting!

    Bookmunchies' WoW