Book Review – The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen


Review by Eryn Keenan

Three hundred years ago a sickness called the Scourge killed half of the population in the city of Keldan … and it has returned.

When Ani Mells is taken captive, she is declared a Victim and immediately must prepare to leave for the Colony – a place where Victims are sent to live out the rest of their shortened and painful lives.

Ani begins to question the origin of the disease. Her enemies are breathing down her neck as she begins to uncover many twisted secrets. Will Ani ever make it home safe again or is she destined to die a quick and painful death?

This novel is an amazing tale of unexpected friendships, disease and secrets. “The Scourge” has a total of 368 pages with a recommended reading age group of 10-14 years old.

Nielsen’s novel is a fast-paced adventure that you just can’t put down. If you are a fan of Brian Staveley or Nicole Ciacchella, you’ll love “The Scourge.”

 Eryn is an eighth grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. For full reviews visit