Waiting on Wednesday #57: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where you showcase an upcoming release you're anxiously awaiting!

This week, I'm waiting on:
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier.

Expected Publication: March 4, 2014.
by: HMH Books for Young Readers.

Goodreads Synopsis:
A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to 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. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

Why I'm excited:
This one just comes out next week, so hooray for something so soon! I love my historical fiction, so that's an automatic point in its favour, but after reading and loving Cat Winters' In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I'm really curious about the 1918 Spanish Influenza so I'm excited to get another perspective on it!

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. This book would make me FREAK OUT! I have horrible anxiety and I'm kind of a germ a phobe! I flip when I'm at a store and someone is coughing around me. I immediately turn my head in the opposite direction and try and walk away, quickly! Reading this would just give me the heebie jeebies
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  2. This sounds scary for me, but I hope you'll enjoy it.
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  3. I didn't know about this book. Why didn't I know about this? I need it!
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