Exciting and well written
by GoluxGirl on January 3, 2009Yay for Michael Grant, who overrode my memories of the last children-only post-apocalypse YA novel I read, which was quite dreadful. This novel is fat, with a good inch and a half spine -- which gives Grant plenty of space to send his large cast on lots of adventures. Of course, these myriad pieces and players are hurtling towards an ultimate conclusion, but the great thing is that this is the first in a series. Who knew? I didn't, until I figured out that Grant wasn't yet trying to really answer and resolve the overarching problem, just the immediate crises.
And there are crises a-plenty for the entire cast: worry for missing loved ones; confusion as to what, exactly, happened; how it happened and why; and whether it can be reversed -- or at least stopped. Plus there are bullies, injuries, fights, and first loves; manipulators, mutants, heroes, and villains; and lots of little life dramas woven into the bigger picture.
I really enjoyed spending New Year's Day with Sam and his crew. I was sad to discover this novel was only published this summer, meaning I'll have to wait until at least next summer for the next one.
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