After too many infractions of her conservative parents' rules, 16-year-old Anna is involuntarily shipped off to a wilderness survival camp, where her parents hope she will reform her "wild" behavior. Located on a remote Caribbean island, Camp Archstone is frightening and militaristic, and Anna's troubled bunk mates unsettle her. Then a shocking murder during a camp hike sends the girls into a terrifying flight through the jungle, where they confront drug smugglers, potential rapists, and even the violent impulses in each other. The publisher bills this first novel as a cross between Lord of the Flies
, but readers may find more similarities to teen horror movies, particularly in the plot cliches, stilted dialogue, and gratuitous descriptions of scantily clad girls on the run. In fact, a companion film is in the works, and the interest its release will generate may be the biggest justification for purchasing the novel. Still, some readers (the majority of whom will probably be older teens) will enjoy the nail-biting suspense, the jungle survival challenges, and the mean-girls politics. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
, author of Bad Girls
, Lost Summer
, and Oblivion Road
, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa. Visit him online at www.alexmcaulay.com.