2011 Contemp Challenge - Trapped Review

 The Undercover Book Lover is hosting the 2011 Young Adult Contemporary Challenge. The goal with this challenge is to get people to read more YA contemporary books. And since YA Contemp is second in my heart only to chocolate and the genre I most enjoy writing, I had to join up.

What is contemporary? It's the genre wherein the events can happen in real life at the present time.

Goal: To read a minimum of thirteen young adult contemporary novels published in 2011.

And here's my first review:

Author Michael Northrup describes his latest novel, Trapped, on his website as The Breakfast Club meets The Shining (only because there's a whole lot of snow in an already isolated area, not that there's a crazy writer with an axe running around announcing himself through holes in doors).

From Goodreads:

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. . . .

The narrator, Scotty Weems, lets us know up front not everyone makes it in the end. It kept me on the edge of my seat as the obstacles mounted. Who would die? How would it happen? When was the damn snow going to stop?

I suggest reading this book while it's snowing, and with the weather across the country being as it has been this year, that should be easy to do for most. My one wish was that the book had been just a little bit longer. At only 232 pages, I could have used an extra twenty-five or so to tie up loose ends and answer a few burning questions.

Reminder - Today is the last day to enter to win a copy of Anna And The French Kiss by Steph Perkins. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow, Feb. 1st!


Amie Kaufman said...

Oh wow, I got a bit freaked out just reading the blurb! I'm going to have to think about whether I'm brave enough to read this--sounds gripping!

Madeleine said...

I like the sound of this and the challenge. I've started readng more YA fiction, so thanks for the heads up on this one. :O)

Lisa Potts said...

Amie, I just heard on the news that the US is about to get the largest storm so far this winter. What perfect timing for this book.

Madeleine, you're welcome! I don't do a whole lot of reading challenges, but I read a lot of YA, so I knew it wouldn't be too difficult a goal for me.

Colene Murphy said...

Great goal! That one sounds good!

Su said...

I don't know if I'm brave enough to read a novel that includes kids dying. But I love that cover!

Monica B.W. said...

Thanks for the review!! Sounds gripping ;)

Regina said...

I have it in my TBR list. I can't wait to read it. This snow makes it the perfect time to read this chilling tale. Lovely review. Thanks for the post.

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