Streams of Babel (2020)

Streams of Babel Carol Plum-Ucci Streams of Babel In a New Jersey suburb two women die of brain aneurysms within twenty four hours events that cause the government to suspect that a terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent With each g
  • Title: Streams of Babel
  • Author: Carol Plum-Ucci
  • ISBN: 9780152165567
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
Streams of Babel Carol Plum-Ucci In a New Jersey suburb, two women die of brain aneurysms within twenty four hours events that cause the government to suspect that a terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent With each glass of water they drink, the people of Trinity Falls are poisoning themselves A world away in Pakistan, a sixteen year old computer genius working as a virtual spy for theIn a New Jersey suburb, two women die of brain aneurysms within twenty four hours events that cause the government to suspect that a terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent With each glass of water they drink, the people of Trinity Falls are poisoning themselves A world away in Pakistan, a sixteen year old computer genius working as a virtual spy for the United States sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths in Colony One Can he warn the victims before it s too late A Printz Honor Award winner and two time Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist, Carol Plum Ucci explores disturbing new terrain in this riveting novel that examines the heroes and victims involved in a terrifying act of bioterrorism.
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  1. Smaileh

    I started this book in a now mind set and as such it seemed especially timely given the current swine flu concerns It took me a little while to pay attention to the date headings on each chapter and realize that it is set in 2002, just a few months after the Towers fell It is a 2008 release, and I wonder if the author started it in 2002 but it has taken this long to be released or if it was a conscious decision to set it in the recent past, when concerns about terrorism were still fresh and raw. [...]

  2. Aaron

    For me, Carol Plum Ucci is one of the unsung greats of young adult novelists She excels at creating suspenseful stories with strong characters in New Jersey settings that place whole communities on edge In many cases, the readers is not always completely sure what has happened since there may or may not be a supernatural aspect to the story.Her newest novel seems to be drawn from the fears of terrorism that seem to swirl about us at the back of our minds It all starts when Cora s mother becomes [...]

  3. Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩

    Oh dear, my to review list is starting to build up Better get to it.Well, luckily for me I don t have a ton to say about Streams of Babel I m sorry to say, I found it rather disappointing I d been looking forward to reading it, and had been meaning to read it for so long, and then I didn t find it particularly compelling The reason I wanted to read it so badly is because I loved Carol Plum Ucci s book What Happened to Lani Garver So, if you re going to read anything by Plum Ucci, I recommend tha [...]

  4. Katrina

    I loved this book It really keeps you on your toes The story is told through multiple characters, though I liked Shahzad s voice the best He is funny in his naive, deadpan way, and he is really, really smart The switching between characters every chapter kept the pace racing along and kept me at the edge of my seat.This story is almost plausible and I like that Plum Ucci wrote about a topic that doesn t get much coverage in the teen world This book fills that niche with aplomb I think Plum Ucci [...]

  5. Karlan

    This exciting ya novel concerns bioterrorism when the water supply is poisoned in one neighborhood of a small town The villains are testing their technique and are foiled by two brilliant teen computer experts It s a real page turner with interesting characters and subplots.

  6. Amy

    This was a tough finish for me I put it down for over a year and picked it back up because I hate to leave books unfinished I thought the plot was a great idea I just didn t care for the writing style I found myself skipping whole paragraphs.

  7. Katie Marie

    Really enjoyable and also a thought provoking book Thoroughly enjoyed her writing style as well.

  8. Clara

    Streams of Babel is a young adult adventure thriller novel taking place in early 2002, right after the 9 11 terrorist attack The book straddles between two main viewpoints One focuses on the lives of a few teenagers living in the small town of Trinity, New Jersey where mysterious deaths due to brain aneurysms and a suspicious disease have suddenly began occurring At the same time, miles away in Karachi, Pakistan, sixteen year old Shahzad Hamdini, a computer genius, is working as a virtual spy fo [...]

  9. Z

    I picked up Carol Plum Ucci s Streams of Babel hoping to find something as gripping as The Night My Sister Went Missing, albeit on a larger scale What I found was something rather different, but just as interesting.Streams of Babel is about bioterrorism A group of terrorists target a city through their drinking water, a slow acting plan that will leave their victims confused as to its source The book centers around four teens Cora, Owen, Sam, and Rain who are infected, as well as Shahzad, a Paki [...]

  10. Lucy

    When Cora Holman s mother dies, she attributes it to an inevitable drug overdose But when another neighborhood woman dies the same night, also of an aneurysm, Cora begins to suspect that something is very wrong.Meanwhile, halfway across the world in Pakistan, Shahzad is, at 16, a talented v spy for the American government While working in his uncle s internet caf , he spies on terrorists and extremists who are making terrible plans When he begins to read chatter about Red Vinegar in Colony One, [...]

  11. Harper

    The two most recent books I have read are Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, andStreams of Babel by Carol Plum Ucci I haven t read Streams of Babel before, and it is the most recent book I ve finished, so it most fresh in my mind Streams of Babel is a book in modern day, in a small town in New Jersey Four teenagers find themselves the victims of a terrorist attack after the water supply on their street was contaminated by a new mutation of a virus Each chapter features the viewpoint of another c [...]

  12. Jetta Bell

    Cora Holman has lived a pretty normal life, living with her grandma for most of it, until her mother shows up whens she s 13 That s all Cora had wanted her whole childhood was her mother, but then she realized her mother wasn t a caring, loving mother that she had wanted Cora s mother was a morphine addict and there was no way Cora was ever to call Aleese mother, Cora was just a little brat to her Still, that didn t stop her from caring when out of nowhere Aleese has a brain aneurysm and dies Af [...]

  13. Homewood Public Library

    Half a world away a 16 year old boy sits in an Internet cafe near Karachi, Pakistan A brilliant computer programmer, Shahzad works as a v spy for the United States government He s picked up some Internet chatter about a substance called Red Vinegar Waters will run red in Colony OneWaters will run red three hours from Home Base in DecemberThey will drink in December and die like mangy dogs in April It s March in Trinity Falls, New Jersey On the same day, on the same street, two women die of brain [...]

  14. Annie Oosterwyk

    This book was pretty good, at least it made it off the night stand and into the living room on a couple of occasions Bioterrorism and kid hackers make for an exciting premise, but overall the pace was slower than I d like.

  15. Alex A

    I read the book Steams of Babel by Carol Plum Ucci I found this book very interesting at times but very dull and boring during others In this story it puts you in the perspective of a few different characters and showing you how they see the world Since this book changes characters every chapter there is not a main character The characters in the story that are focused on are Cora Holman, Shahzad Hamidani, Scott Eberman, Rain Steckerman, Owen Eberman, and Tyler Ping Cora Holman was kind of an ou [...]

  16. Donald

    My expectations prior to reading this book were definitely exceeded by its end I had anticipated a Jersey version of the Dustin Hoffman film Outbreak Only it would be terrorist and not some constantly irate disease ridden monkey spreading the sickness What I read instead was something that took a far focused approach By limiting the exposure to only a handful of people the author was able to make the characters experiences and relationships the focus not the brutality of the illness I thought t [...]

  17. Lyn

    Streams of Babel flows in a number of mind boggling directions with characters so well drawn you d be able to pick them out of a line up Cora Holman, reclusive, lonely and beautiful, whose secret life includes living with a morphine addicted mother Scott Eberman, disappointed at not being able to go to medical school, a young paramedic still in training Owen Eberman, a young jock whose lifestyle and many friends leave him too little time to be alone with his thoughts Rain Steckerman, easy going [...]

  18. Alex

    Set in the wake of 9 11 01, this story follows several different teenage characters whose lives become intertwined when they are effected by a sinister plot on American soil Computer whiz kid Shazhad has been working for the US government helping to track the activities of terrorists until his work winds up having him sent to the US Cora s mother s bizarre death ends up sending her and several friends into the hospital Water born agents, secret cells, virtual spies,and global terrorists set an e [...]

  19. Yomiuri

    The Streams of Babel by Carol Plum Ucci deals with terrorism in the United States and its consequences during 2002 Two women in New Jersey die because of what is believed to be the flu however, there is to it It seems as though terrorist have poisoned the water which could be called a biological agent Cora Holman had to deal with a drug addict mother, with her death and the fact that she too was sick Scott and Owen Eberman, the latter who goes to school with Cora also had to deal with the death [...]

  20. Josamarie

    Fast paced and mildly interesting, everything wrapped up a little too neatly for me Obviously as Book 1 it was left open for a sequel, so everything wasn t tied up completely, but the climax left me feeling pretty blah I felt like there were too many characters partly developed, but on the whole everyone felt sort of one dimensional As for the take on the role of teens in a post 9 11 world, I for one felt all of the kids were pretty blas about the potential for terrorist attack Maybe that s beca [...]

  21. Cherylann

    Carol Plum Ucci tackles bioterrorism in her novel, Streams of Babel I picked up this book because a favorite former student loaned Streams of Babel and it s companion Fire Will Fall to me Initially, I had a bit of trouble getting into the book However, once I got going I couldn t put the book down The town of Trinity Falls water system has been infiltrated by bioterrorists, and people begin falling ill It becomes a race against the clock to find out who is behind this and what has been infecting [...]

  22. Kristin Lundgren

    This one is a little bit different It revolves around the lives of a group of kids living on a street in a small town in southern New Jersey, who s parents take ill, then they get sick, and there are questions about what it is Then the action switches to a computer hacker, 16, in Afghanistan who works for the US government, sending them chatter he captures in his uncle s internet cafe from the visitors who use it The rest of the story is about how the boy becomes integral to taking down a terror [...]

  23. Lynn

    Well written thriller that highlights the frightening aspect of just how easy it is for terrorists of any type and nationality to gain access to a country s resources with a view to harming people.I found it rather refreshing that a young Pakistani hacker does not buy into the notion of America being the land of the free.However, the author s description of Shazahd s asthma lacks credibility For an asthma attack to be so bad that Shazahd faints, at which point his lungs open up sufficiently for [...]

  24. Catalina Sennett

    This was the best book by Carol Plum Ucci I have read yet I was so hooked I immediately headed out and bought the second It follows the lives of some teens, in the span of a few weeks One of the teens is a pakistani boy who is a spy for the US, he is like a computer whiz, who can hack into any site and he knows a whole bunch of languages He finds out some terrorsts are planning an attack on the US, in a certain area and he alerts the US agents he works for, but they dont really believe him Meanw [...]

  25. Alex

    I found this book at my local library and just had to get it A book about bio terrorism AND teenagers Sign me up Basically this has become one of my favorite books of all time It was great to see the character growth while at the same time they are just teenagers struggling to find the good and the worth in life The terrorist plot was also wonderfully executed and did surprise me in certain spots You know that feeling of yelling at a character when they don t know they have a valuable piece to t [...]

  26. Rachel Seigel

    When two women from the same small town seemingly die from brain annurisms, the deaths seem unrelated But when four teenagers from the same town become ill with similar flu like symptoms, warning flags start to shoot up Meanwhile, in Pakistan, a teenage V spy picks up chatter about a bio terror agent referred to as Red Vinegar which the terrorists claim will gradually poison the water stream in Colony one, causing multiple deaths This is a taught, fast paced, and thought provoking thriller that [...]

  27. Beverly

    Streams of Babel is a scary and realistic story of bioterrorism Because the targeted victims are in a very small community, Homeland Security is slow to see the threat It takes several hospitalizations with weird and fatal symptoms, and a heads up from a teen computer genius hacker spy in Pakistan, before the feds take action Meanwhile, the terrorists are plotting to expand their bioterrorism to NYC Streams of Babel is fast paced and tense The characters are interesting, especially Shahzad, the [...]

  28. Allison

    Just after 9 11, in a small New Jersey town, two women die of similarly bizarre symptoms and 3 teens fall ill Across the world in Pakistan, 16 year old Shahzad, an Internet cafe employee who also works for the US as a v spy, is monitoring the conversations of an extremist group The group has released what they call Red Vinegar in Colony One Will Shahzad s talents at online spying and his brilliant knowledge of languages be enough to find these extremists and identify the chemical agent of which [...]

  29. Bryn

    Everything Carol Plun Ucci writes is golden So far she hasn t written a thing that I haven t loved I enjoyed this book and its sequel because of the slow tension As the terrorist attack looms, nothing is a surprise, and you might get frustrated waiting for some action, because it s a slow burn kind of tension However, I though the end did not disappoint, even if it wasn t exactly a surprise She also creates these fantastic characters you want to root for As always, I love her thematic content th [...]

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