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Surviving Antarctica : Reality TV 2083 Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2005
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"Anarctica Survivor" is created for five 14-year-olds to follow Robert F. Scott's exact path to the South Pole in Antarctica. Never mind that he was an adult and experienced professional. Each teenager to succeed wins the cost of one year of schooling. The Secretary of Entertainment has one goal only: to raise ratings at any cost.
Call it a suspenseful adventure, a dystopian story (society run amuck--viewership of this reality show reaches 99.6% when death is imminent) or speculative fiction or all of these--its coming-of-age of all the major characters is the thread that holds all the parts together. Not all who go on the quest survive, but those who do, come out changed for the better: stronger, wiser, and much more mature.
Another major character is Antarctica herself. A shape-shifter, this continent presents bizarre and hazardous obstacles from breaking ice floes to icy crevasses to white-out blizzards and obscenely low temperatures.
While I enjoyed this story very much, I am most annoyed at the artist who created the cover. Although it looks great to the unknowing eye, at no point in the story did the five rope together nor did they walk.
What they did re-enact was the use of ponies, dogs, and motor sleds that Scott and his men used in 1912. Excerpts from his diaries are also interspersed at appropriate points in the story for authenticity. The five ate the same provisions, used the same kind of equipment, and wore the same kind of clothes. Only the outcome differs. No one in Scott's party survived.
So when a reality TV show offers 14-year-olds an opportunity at a big money prize, thousands jump at the chance to apply. "Historical Survivor" is a favorite program on EduTV. Contestants participate in recreated historical situations like the Civil War and The Alamo, right down to every dangerous detail, including the risk of injury and even death. This special teen edition puts five teenagers in Antarctica on a remake of Robert Scott's race to the South Pole in 1912.
Polly, Grace, Robert, Andrew and Billy all apply for different reasons, with different hopes and dreams. Each is chosen because of a specific and special talent he or she possesses. Then they ship out to the frozen and hostile world of Antarctica armed with the same supplies and equipment that Scott's expedition had back in 1912. Scott's men didn't survive. Will this group of 14-year-olds be able to?Read more ›
Because of the superb pacing of the second half of the book, and that great, swooping (I should have expected that sudden appearance at page 292, but I didn't) accelerated climax, I submit that Ms. White has pioneered her own genre "My Sci Fi." It reads like a Mystery; only with the murder not at the beginning, but looming. Or is it a "cautionary tale" with a warming balm of hope? Can hot-headed indignation plus goodness plus empathy plus The People really be the formula to save us from The System?
How ironic that Ms. White skewers EduEntertainment while producing a paragon of that hybrid! She insinuates such a (modern) virtuous lesson without a whiff of sanctimony or naivete. Reminding us of the essentials of hope and interdependence and the (undeniably, ultimately Real) yearning to bridge out of our existential aloneness. Ms. White, (like her Steve),makes a difference. I think she's given kids such a palatable tonic they'll gobble it up like Chocobombs.
Mark Leifeste,MD Boulder, CO
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