The keepers of the flame.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review

(Fire-us Trilogy, Book 2). HarperCollins, Eos. 280p. c2002. 0-06-447270-1. $5.99. JS *

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2002: In this exciting follow-up to The Kindling (reviewed in KLIATT, March 2002), the teenagers Hunter, Mommy, Teacher. and Angerman, who are trying to protect and care for six younger children in a post-apocalyptic world in which a sudden and devastating virus (Fire-us) has killed most of the population, discover a community that has survived. This group calls itself "The Keepers of the Flame," and they live in a mall in Jacksonville, Florida, raiding the stores for supplies. At first the teenagers and children are delighted to be taken in and cared for, but they soon discover that their hosts are "freaky religious wackos," and intend to subject the youngest among them, the feral five-year-dials Puppy and Kitty, to an ominous "test." The teens and children free these little ones and escape, shortly joined by Puppy and Kitty's teenage aunt, Cory, for whom the Keepers also had menacing plans. The Keepers pursue them, but after a battle the ragged...

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