Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2024) Feature Review: The Q by Amy Tintera

  • The Q
  • by Amy Tintera
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House
  • Release date: November 8, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593486177

The son of a candidate for President of the USA, Lennon,  is kidnapped and dropped inside the infamous Q, an area that used to be Austin, but is now enclosed by a wall and all occupants contained inside are plagued with a virus that attacks internal organs.

When Lennon lands via parachute into the Q, he is nervous for what will happen to him inside this unknown walled compound. For those inside, like Maisie, born inside the Q, why has this person been dropped into their protected environment and what does this mean for their safety? What follows is an escape adventure through gang-run territories, murderous mechanical birds, bomb-dropping drones, and major fight scenes. 

Readers who enjoy survival, rival gangs and family legacy stories will quickly absorb this story. Highly recommended for fans of Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson and The Getaway by Lamar Giles

-Jessica Lorentz Smith

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Release Date: January 24, 2023

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