Sunday, March 6, 2011

Trapped: By Michael Northrop



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....


With an almost prophetic premise about a snow storm like the one that hit the US this year, Trapped, had me hooked from the back page summery. It had near death situations, a rag tag bunch of kids, and what seemed like survival plot line that really reels you in. That coupled with the fact that the author Michael Northrop won an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Publishers Weekly Flying Start with his last book Gentlemen it seemed like Trapped was going to be an amazing start to a great publishing year.

Unfortunately then I started the book, and it went absolutely no where. Yes you hear me right, no where. The characters were bland and unoriginal, there was no action, and the story just moved in place, with the reader wondering if there ever was going to be anything happen in the book.

Now only that but what action did happen in the book, was gruesome and overly unnecessary. I never loved any of the characters, and the dialog seemed weak and unrealistic.

All in all while the end of the book started pick up the pace and began to create a somewhat redeeming story, it was too little too late. Making this book a disappointing dud.

5 out of 10


Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: February 1, 2011

Price: $17.99

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