These books form a complete trilogy, following a group of characters from a public school as they struggle to survive after a plague wipes out most of mankind.
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School’s Out Forever collects all three novels, the short story The Man Who Would Not Be King, as well as interviews, the original School’s Out pitch, and its original, unpublished prologue.
With most of the world’s population now wiped out, the surviving pupils of St Mark’s School for Boys and Girls must defend themselves against cannibalistic gangs, religious fanatics, a bullying prefect with a taste for crucifixion, and even the remnants of the US Army.
Mixing Lord of the Flies with The Hunger Games, School’s Out Forever is the latest omnibus from The Afterblight Chronicles. Scott K. Andrews’ St Mark’s Trilogy books are a visceral, terrifying trio of stories that brings a new twist to the post-apocalyptic dystopia – all viewed through the eyes of children.
This omnibus collects the complete trilogy and is packed with strong characters, action, and a truly killer concept.
“The Hunger Games for grown-ups.” Pornokitsch
“A brilliant novel that works on many levels.” British Fantasy Society
“School’s Out Forever is one of the most memorable, most impressively written pieces of fiction I have ever had the fortune to read, simply inspired.” SFBook.com (Book of the Year)
6 Replies to “The School’s Out Trilogy”
One day I was sitting at my local book store being board, because I hate reading; and my friends are talking about a bunch of books that I had not idea were out there. So as I sit, my head turns and I spot your book, Schools Out Forever. Without even thinking, I almost run to the book because the cover was so appealing to me. I could not stop thinking about this book, so the next day I dragged my aunt to the bookstore so I could snag a copy. To conclude, your book Schools Out Forever was the best book that I have not finished reading, and I am recomending it to all of my friends. So anyway, write more awsome books, because they are amazing!!
I seen this book whilst looking in a book store called Chapters in Calgary, Canada. I don’t live here, I live in England but was in Canada when I brought this book. I picked it up, read the blurb and then put it back on the shelf. I walked away almost 5 steps then went back and read the blurb again – then decided to buy it. I haven’t finished it yet but i am getting so sucked into it. I love the way you write… and the way you have written this book and the story is keeping me gripped. I’m a huge reader and read many books. I don’t want to finish this book because then I have to find a new book to read. I am fussy about the books I read, I always look at the way the writer writes… and if i dont like it, I wont read it. However I LOVE the way you write… i’m currently looking into buying some more of your stories, hoping they will keep me as gripped as this one is.
— Grace parker
I just finished book one of the series in SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER, and it was a enthralling read that kept the pages turning as fast as the bullets were flying on the page. Started it on New Years Eve and finished New Years day, and now the rest of the year has to live up to book one, SCHOOL’S OUT, and it is going to be a tough road for those other books.
Thanks for a highly entertaining read!
This book was incredible. I am a teenager who hated reading books, but my friend kept insisting that I read this book. Eventually I told him that if I don’t like the first chapter, than I’m not reading it. I loved the first chapter. Than I just couldn’t stop reading this book. I love it, and I recommend that people should give this book a try.
So. This book. Absolutely amazing. Most graphic thing I’ve ever read-which is saying something, considering how much I read and what I read-but the questions it raised, both morally and ethically, were awesome. Complex and, to be honest, it made me think about myself, as I was reading this and thinking, ‘yeah, I agree with him, even though he’s a dick’. I abhorred how you ended the last book, yes, but I loved that you didn’t write it so that it seemed like it was talking down to anyone-it was violent and horrible, but you wrote it so that nothing was edited out and nothing was written too simply-which is incredible, considering it’s about a bunch of kids. And Rowels. Most amazing *SPOILER*character death*SPOILER* in the history of ever, which means a lot considering I was also reading Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives and Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles.I really loved that the US was the enemy. Totally unique to me-it’s great.
Heck, I’m writing about this book in my final exam for my English class. It was incredible–my best friend stole it from me (Which says a lot). I’ve gotta get it back from her, actually…
RIGHT just a forwarning this will be LONG, this will swear, this might have a few spoilers, this will be worded poorly, and this will be a rant.
First thing’s first, lets just get it out of the way, fuck you, Mr. Author. It took me 9 days to read this book, and each one was more painful than the last. I finished it like 2 days ago and I’m still having a hard time processing the ending, or anything that happened at all for that matter- which, in all honesty, is a good thing, right? Shock your readers? Ruin their lives a little? Yeah.
Mostly I fell in love with the character developement of the story. With Lee becoming a stone cold killer without a single thought for his actions, Green bouncing from murderer to peace keeper to soldier to father-figure and head master of St Marks, and especially to Caroline, who’s story definitely stuck. She went from a scared girl who was only strong when backed by her Right Hand Rowles, to a paranoid leader with questionable morality, and back to the lover she once was. Back to Lee, the realism behind his insanity was almost too intense to bear; I don’t beieve in all the action movies where the hero doesn’t feel shame or regret after killing someone, even if it was the “bad guys”, and Lee was essentially more human that way. It was beautiful to watch him develope in that sense. And at the end where his fate was obvious, he looked around ther oom and finally his mind and moral compass caught up with him (not gunna lie that’s where the tears kicked in), and then, BOOM, it’s over. NOT COOL MAN.
Sorry for such a long rant about what you already know. I’m just the only one of my friends to have read the book, and I really needed to talk about it. Vent the pain, if you will. I’m not as bottled up as Lee. Your writing also really really inspired me, and brought new light to the way a character, morality and mortality especially, can change the way your story works, so thanks! Not for, ya know, ruining my life with 703 pages of literal pain, but also because of that exact reason.
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