*Sneaky fact: Quarantine was actually written by two men. How sneaky are they with the pen name business?! Here's the lowdown on Lex & Thomas:
About The Authors
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Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their first novel, QUARANTINE: THE LONERS, earned a starred review from Booklist, and Huffington Post Books called it “one of the best books that I have ever read.”
Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now writes, and exhibits his realist oil paintings in Los Angeles.
Lex and Thomas met in a writers’ group in Los Angeles. Their friendship developed as they tried to blow each other’s minds with clips from bizarre movies. In 2005, they became a screenwriting team, and found that writing with a friend is much more fun than doing it alone. Visit them at www.lex-thomas.com.
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Author Guest Post: A Color Coded Guide to McKinley High's Gangs
One of the effects of the virus on teens is that it causes their hair to lose all
pigment and grow in white. So, in the early months of the quarantine, everyone looks the same. As the different gangs form, they begin to dye their hair with Kool Aid mix and other ingredients to differentiate themselves from the other gangs.
Yellow - This color is used exclusively by Varsity and the Pretty Ones. At its best, it can look golden. They claim it first when they’re the first gang to form. No one else dares to take it away from them.
Blue - The Freaks dye their hair blue with toilet cleaner tablets. Its an alien-looking color and is meant to have an intimidating impact. The Freaks strive for a scary appearance, in the hope that you’ll be so disturbed by their odd look that you won’t want to mess with them.
Red - Only the Sluts have red hair. Don’t let the sweetness of the cherry, strawberry or fruit punch Kool-Aid they use to dye their hair fool you. They’re the toughest girls in the school, and when they fight you, your blood mixes with their red hair perfectly.
Black - It’s the easiest to make by burning something and creating a paste out of water, glue, ash and char.
The Nerds use it for its practicality. They care less about the impression they make on the rest of the school, and more about how much time they get to spend with each other in the library.
The Skaters aren’t a rich gang. They survive on what they can fight for. Other gangs also pay them to haul their trash off to the basement dump. They use black for how cheap it is, and they create their signature look by shaving parts of their heads in creative ways.
The Geeks use black as a foundation, but really they treat their hair like a canvas. With art department paints, ribbons, colored paper, and other crafts at their disposal, each Geek’s hair-do is a chance for colorful creative expression.
White - It’s the natural foundation that all kids in McKinley High have because they’re infected. While other gangs try and cover it up, the Scraps, the kids who have no gang, who beg and struggle to survive, they don’t dye their hair. Feeding themselves is their one and only priority, and if they were to ever adopt a gang’s hair color without permission, they’d be taught a brutal lesson.
For instructions on how to dye your hair with Kool-Aid, check this out: http://www.wikihow.com/Dye-Hair-With-Kool-Aid. We haven’t tried it, although maybe one of these days we should.
Complete Tour Schedule
Monday, September 10th - Wastepaper Prose
Tuesday, September 11th - Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, September 12th - Novel Novice
Thursday, September 13th - The Bookish Brunette
Friday, September 14th - The PageTurners
Monday, September 17th - MundieMoms
Tuesday, September 18th - Forever 17 Books
Wednesday, September 19th - Evie Bookish
Thursday, September 20th - Once upon a Prologue
Friday, September 21st - The Bookswarm
Monday, September 24th - Reading Angel
Tuesday, September 25th - Fire and Ice
Wednesday, September 26th - Emily's Reading Room
Thursday, September 27th - Fiktshun
Friday, September 28th - Hypable
Find out more on the Quarantine Tour Page!