Before I tell you all about my recent read, I want to share some exciting news! Every year, TBF has a fundraising goal and a challenge. This year's fundraising goal of $10,000. If readers met this goal, the TBF Committee will have to dye their hair and a certain committee member will get her hair shaved by our very own Terry Trueman. I am thrilled to announce that we have met our fundraising goal! We raised $10,546. Hooray! Thank you so much to everyone who donated!
Now back to the book review. I recently read THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena and it was amazing. Take a look:
Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.
On a scale of one to ten, how terrified am I to go on a cruise after reading THE LIVING: a ten.Matt de la Pena’s fifth young adult book (six books total if you count his new children’s book LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET) grabbed my attention from chapter one. It’s fast-paced and one heck of a thriller. Things get rocky for our main character, Shy, after he witnessed a passenger jump off the ship and shortly after the incident, a strange man follows Shy wanting to know more about the suicide. When the captain of the cruise announces there’s a minor storm approaching, the “minor storm” turns into the first big disaster. Oh, and there’s more disasters throughout the book that makes the first one look like a baby.
When I like about this book is the constant presence of fear. Shy is fearful of several things at different times in the book. He’s fearful of the mysterious man stalking him, this epidemic disease that is invading his hometown, the “minor” storm threatening the cruise and ultimately surviving to see the next day. The fear and the small details that play a key part in the end will keep you on your toes when you read THE LIVING.I highly recommend this book for readers who like a fast-paced thriller novel (although I would not recommend this book for readers who are going on a cruise in the near future). And look out for the sequel, THE HUNTED. It is released May 12th, just in time for TBF!
For more information on Matt and his books, check out his website. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.And share your excitement for TBF on Twitter and Facebook using the official Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival hashtag: #ROCTBF2015
That’s it for today. Check out the blog again for more book reviews, author interviews and more!Miranda