I remember many years ago reading a YA novel about an epidemic or pandemic and the search for a cure. I don't remember much about the plot but I remember the setting extremely well-it was set in a British new town, I think it might have been Milton Keynes. My guess is it was published some time between 1990 and 2005, probably around 2000. Can anyone help find it?

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This is Plague (2001) by Malcolm Rose.

‘Who could think of any place more safe and dull than Milton Keynes? But as teenagers, Rev, Lucy and Scott while away the summer, an invisible enemy is heading their way. Soon the town is in the grip of a deadly virus that causes its victims to haemorrhage to death. This is not the most literary of novels, but it is a compulsive page turner that would grip even the most reluctant reader. It even succeeds in making viral science seem sexy, which is no mean feat.’

Cover of "Plague". The cover is largely red, blue, and yellow, with a picture of a microbe.

  • Yes, it is. Magic! How did you find it?
    – Monovox
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 21:46
  • @Monovox - Just awesome, I guess..
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 21:56
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    @DannyMcG it's a fictional story involving epidemiology, which is a science.
    – Tom Bowen
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 9:33
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    Also, I've been to Milton Keynes and it defies common sense
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 9:51
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    I'm suffering from sour grapes because I asked a similar question recently about a book concerning a plague that wiped out a city (America not Milton Keynes) where a doctor had to perform an autopsy on the sidewalk - my question was voted to close because "No SF or Fantasy connection"
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 18:00

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