Epitaph Road by David Patneaude


5 Critic Reviews

However, the book is badly let down by the credibility of a major plot element and the complete failure to present a believable future world.
-NY Journal of Books


2097 is a transformed world. Thirty years earlier, a mysterious plague wiped out 97 percent of the male population, devastating every world system from governments to sports teams, and causing both universal and unimaginable grief. In the face of such massive despair, women were forced to take over control of the planet--and in doing so they eliminated all of Earth's most pressing issues. Poverty, crime, warfare, hunger . . . all gone.

But there's a price to pay for this new "utopia," which fourteen-year-old Kellen is all too familiar with. Every day, he deals with life as part of a tiny minority that is purposefully kept subservient and small in numbers. His career choices and relationship options are severely limited and controlled. He also lives under the threat of scattered recurrences of the plague, which seem to pop up wherever small pockets of men begin to regroup and grow in numbers.

And then one day, his mother's boss, an iconic political figure, shows up at his home. Kellen overhears something he shouldn't--another outbreak seems to be headed for Afterlight, the rural community where his father and a small group of men live separately from the female-dominated society. Along with a few other suspicious events, like the mysterious disappearances of Kellen's progressive teacher and his Aunt Paige, Kellen is starting to wonder whether the plague recurrences are even accidental. No matter what the truth is, Kellen cares only about one thing--he has to save his father.

About David Patneaude

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David Patneaude finally heeded the advice, "It's never too late to have a happy childhood," and began writing seriously (more or less) in the mid-1980s. His first novel, Someone Was Watching, was published by Albert Whitman in 1993. It was named to eight state master reading lists, winning awards in South Dakota and Utah. Eight more books followed, the most recent of which, A Piece of the Sky, a tale of mystery and suspense, came out in April 2007. David's books have been placed on young readers' lists in more than thirty states and honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library's "One Book, Two Villages" program, and the Washington State Public Library. He has taught writing at conferences, community colleges, the University of Washington, and the Institute of Children's Literature. When he's not sitting in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library or conference talking about writing, or out on the running trail thinking about writing, he's at home in Woodinville, Washington, with his wife, Judy, a junior high librarian. You can visit him at www.patneude.com.
Published March 23, 2010 by EgmontUSA. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Above average
on Mar 23 2010

The first-person point of view and the page-turning plot of this post-apocalyptic thriller will hook readers awaiting the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy and provoke more than a few thoughts as well.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Mar 23 2010

However, the book is badly let down by the credibility of a major plot element and the complete failure to present a believable future world.

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RT Book Reviews

Above average

Stereotypes of both the male and female variety abound, and neither sex makes it out unscathed. With a vivid world and some truly terrible villains, Patneaude has a winner on his hands.

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A Book and a Hug

Above average
on Oct 10 2011

The novel is built upon an interesting concept and could easily lead to lively book club discussions or classroom discussions on gendercide, sexism, and prejudice.

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

Above average
on Jun 29 2010

However, I felt the characters were a bit shallow and I didn't grow attached to any of them...Although not my favorite, it is still a good-read and nice addition to my favorite genre.

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