Titles relating to pandemics, viruses, etc.

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner. "A thrilling apocalyptic sci-fi adventure story involving a race against time to prevent a deadly viral contamination that threatens the end of all life on Earth. When Tane and Rebecca receive digital messages warning of the impending disaster, there is a chance to alleviate the threat. As they piece the clues together, they discover that the messages are being sent by their future selves, and they must stop The Chimera Project - a devastating apocalyptic plague - from being released. But they soon discover that changing the past in order to protect the future will be more difficult than they first thought. As a strange white cloud begins to move across New Zealand - and people start disappearing - Tane and Rebecca find that, not only may they be too late, but it may be impossible to stop at all. The cloud is made up of antibodies designed to attack human beings and has been created by Mother Nature herself as an antidote to the destructive human race. As the mist devours everyone and everything in its wake, Tane and Rebecca realize there is no way out - this plague is going to destroy the earth and their only hope is to take refuge from impending doom. As the end of the world begins, Tane stumbles on a way to prevent this from happening - they will send new messages to themselves from the future and change the course of history. Only this time they will get it right The Tomorrow Code is an action packed sci-fi time-travel adventure set in New Zealand and is full of danger & excitement and will appeal to teenagers. It also explores contemporary issues like the environment, overconsumption, the misuse of technology and biological warfare and presents complex scientific and philosophical issues in an accessible way that kids will find both fascinating and thrilling."--Provided by publisher.

Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman. ".....with a mysterious, incurable disease rapidly infecting the population, being at sea seems the safest place...'

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld is a very interesting and engaging book, half fiction, half non-fiction. It delves convincingly into the world of parasites, virus and vampires.

I am legend by Richard Matheson

Gone by Michael Grant

When the War came home by Sarah Ell. It is November, 1918, the end of the First World War and an epidemic of influenza is sweeping Auckland. Jimmy K's father is "missing in action". Now his mother has taken his younger brothers and sisters away to the country and 13 year-old Jimmy is left with his uncle to face the horrors of the epidemic.

Enemy at the gate by Phillipa Werry. It's December 1936 when the first polio cases are suspected. Soon a polio epidemic is sweeping the country. Schools are closed, swimming pools and movie theatres banned to children, and travel is restricted. Tom is the best runner in the school, but you can't outrun polio, and nobody knows when it will strike next. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.

The Sea-Wreck Stranger by Anna McKenzie, the paranoia of an island community who has survived.

A Better Life by Amelia Batistich (My Story NZ series). Set in Dargaville in the 1920's. Ivana?s parents immigrated to New Zealand from Dalmatia. Dargaville is a strong Dalmatian community and Ivana and her family are sometimes the victims of others? prejudices because of their different culture. At the end of 1924 life as Ivana knows it changes. There is a nationwide epidemic of infantile paralysis and Dargaville is placed under quarantine. How will Ivana cope without being able to see her friends at church and school?

Starbright and the Dream Eater by Joy Cowley. People all over Claircomb are succumbing to a strange illness, thought to be a deadly new virus. But this is no virus, it is a life form so advanced that its intelligence makes a computer look like counting beads. It knows the prophecy too, and it is hunting down the Bright Star to destroy her forever. Can Starbright Connor, the town's tomboy and giggly dare-devil, be the chosen one who will save her friends and family?

If you can track them down - the novelisation of the TV series "The Tribe"


Year of wonders: a novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks. Eighteen-year-old Anna Frith tells the story of her remote English village, Eyam, which was infected by the plague in 1666 and where, persuaded by their vicar, the townspeople decided to quarantine themselves.

A parcel of patterns by Jill Paton Walsh.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Box by Penelope Todd. Derik is on the run. Not from the deadly epidemics on the rise in New Zealand but from the ruling government and its efforts to wipe out disease. The authorities have begun Endorsement: a nation-wide drive to implant a device in every citizen, to regulate body chemistry and control emotions. It's a social experiment the whole world is watching. But Derik wants to think and feel, for himself. Trying to find shelter, he soon discovers he's not the only one to have turned fugitive. Suggested level: secondary.
Kokopu dreams by Chris Baker. Before the telly died, haggard looking people, politicians mostly, described how an illegally imported rabbit calicivirus had mutated. It wasn't killing rabbits any more, and nor was it affecting cats and dogs, and not the native bat nor the little spotted kiwi. But it had been killing people with a type of haemorrhagic fever that travelled from the Mackenzie Country up and down the land like the wind, from Bluff to Cape Reinga in about three weeks. And that was the good news.

Shadow waters by Chris Baker (sequel to Kokopu dreams). After a devastating pandemic, Hoheria and Ken travel through a decimated landscapte to fulfil a promise. What they discover is a world where myth has become real and long-dormant ancient spirits have increased their power with terrifying consequences.