Author: Michael Northrop
Details: Hardcover, 224 pgs.
Published: Jan. 1st, 2011
isbn: 0545210127 (ISBN13: 9780545210126)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from Angela
The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive....
Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision....
This book is very different from any book I've read just because of the subject matter. I'm sure I've read a book or two where there's a storm and they're trapped inside but things never get too serious. But in this book these kids are stranded in a school, the snow is so high it's to the second level, the electricity is out (no heat), the plumbing is frozen (no water), and the nerves of these kids are wound tight.
You know from the beginning that at least one person doesn't make it out so I spent the whole time expecting the worse and was surprised at how well things went for quite awhile. But when things go downhill they go downhill fast!
I liked the main character, the narrator, Scotty. He's real. He get's zits, he makes mistakes, he feels the typical male things and we see all this. We also see that he's a good guy. He realizes when he judges people unfairly, he knows that he shouldn't stare at a certain girl the way he does, and he hates when people fight. And we see how freaking brave he is!
This book makes you think. I grew up in SD where we get plenty of snow and I remember climbing out of the second story window of our house once, but it was mostly just because it was drifted. And our electricity was out many times but never for days and days. But I can almost imagine this kind of thing happening. And my high school was out in the country and also had students from surrounding schools attending it. I was picturing my high school until they went upstairs in the book. Since we didn't have an upstairs at my high school. But I was seeing how conceivable this all really was.
I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick day read. It's appropriate for younger readers as there's no sex and no harsh language. There's one part that's a bit hard to read but it's not descriptive.
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