Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Away We Go Hardcover – April 5, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In the future, children and young adults are contracting the Peter Pan Virus by the hundreds and thousands. The disease is airborne, and to protect the population, infected youths are sequestered in recovery centers and clinics. Noah Falls has just been transferred to the Ivy League of recovery centers, Westing Academy. Away from parents and his boyfriend, he pins his affections on a boy who doesn't reciprocate, tarnishing his other relationships and increasing his feelings of self-loathing. Surrounded by people who love him, Noah is miserably alone. The emphasis in this work is not on the dystopian future disease but on character development and philosophical questions about life, death, and meaning. Noah is a nihilistic existentialist to the world, but inside he's searching for something to reassure him that he is truly alive. His search for meaning is universal and will resonate with readers beginning to question their future. VERDICT The complexity of the writing and underlying themes, as well as the language and sexual situations, makes this best suited to mature readers.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
“A lyrical, raucous narrative interspersed with flyers, posters, and letters…the oscillation between [Noah’s] heartfelt interior thoughts and sometimes careless actions and words is both moving and infuriating-in other words, vividly human. An intelligent, thought-provoking exploration of living in spite of futility.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Intellectual boys’ boarding school story meets near-future dystopia in this end-times tale. …Noah and his friends form loving, believably complex relationships…witty.” (Kirkus)
“Noah is a nihilistic existentialist to the world, but inside he’s searching for something to reassure him that he is truly alive. His search for meaning is universal and will resonate with readers beginning to question their future.” (School Library Journal)
“The complex organization of this novel requires careful attention…Even so, brainy readers who want to see just how grim Holden Caulfield would get if he knew he was dying soon will find this to be a pretty accurate approximation.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Story: As the US reels under an epidemic that is killing off children, teen Noah finds himself sequestered in an elite school in the Vermont wilderness. For he, along with his schoolmates, have the contagious "Peter Pan" virus - and will die before they complete puberty. Left disaffected by the abandonment of his family, Noah drifts in and out of relationships. He cares for his girlfriend but knows he is in love with a classmate - who is in love with a different girl. At the same time, conspiracies abound - are the kids who 'go away' at the end truly dying or is there some nefarious plot underneath the transfers?
This story does not unfold organically. Rather, it bounces around between different times at the school. I had no problem following the story, however, since the writing is smooth, uncomplicated, and otherwise easy-to-follow. As well, the story is not rooted in action and is more a contemplative piece; observations are rather timeless and most of what happens in the first 3/4 does not need to unspool chronologically.
Most of the story is about Noah's conflicted feelings - about his parents, his affections for Zach, his relationship with Alice, and friendship with Marty. Within these three characters (romantic love, platonic love, and good friend) author Ostrovski mines a treasure of ambivalence; loving Zach while being with Alice, friending Marty knowing he loves Alice, Alice staying with Noah while knowing of Noah's love for Zach...it leads to a lot of very complicated feelings on all sides.
There is only one POV here - Noah's. Although there is the mystery of where the kids go when the virus begins to affect their motor skills, the story is pretty much bookended by Noah learning that a comet my hit the Earth and then ending on the day it is supposed to happen. Chapters count down the days until the 'apocalypse' with glee. But it's all curtain dressing to the pathos.
The tone is snarky, despairing, and insightful. The dialogue is especially brisk and very well written. The story moves quickly and this is easily a 3 hour read. Although not a book where things blow up or kids 'fight the dystopian power', it is a very poignant indictment on life. If I have one complaint, it's that the book tries to be more clever than it is and might be a bit overwritten in places. It's more of an antidote to the rash of poorly written YA books littering shelves currently. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
I was originally drawn to this book due to the synopsis – it sounded a lot like the kind of book I’d absolutely love (kind of a dystopian/contemporary combo, with some realistic elements thrown in that kind of remind me of books like Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider). So I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read it.
Truthfully, this was a sad story. I think it was supposed to be a story of hope, but to be completely honest, I didn’t really think of it that way. Sure, the main character, Noah, had a sense of humor about the (absolutely terrible) situation he and his friends were in, and the characters were pretty well written and interesting to read about, but the entire book just made me feel like all the hope in the world had been sucked out of it and it was just a big ball of despair. Maybe that’s a little dramatic in some cases, but man, this book was powerful and haunting, and really, really depressing.
Okay, I’m finished with my rant about how depressing this book is, so let’s talk about the plot, shall we?
Away We Go takes place in Westing, a school for kids and teenagers diagnosed with PPV, also known as Peter Pan Virus. It is a horrible virus that usually affects you once you’ve been diagnosed, and it’s usually fatal. Once diagnosed, you go to a special school (in this instance, Westing), full of other kids who have been diagnosed as well, in order to try and prevent the virus from spreading in the public. Once you’re in one of these schools, you no longer get to see your family or friends, and you are essentially cut off from the world. The kids who live here and attend these schools are pretty much handed a death sentence – most of them die shortly after arrival.
So our main character, Noah, his girlfriend Alice, and his best friend Marty do the only thing they can, while they can – they live their lives. They drink, make out with each other (and other things), and try to spend as much time as they can with each other while they can.
Shortly after Noah is sent to Westing, he meets Zach. While he is hesitant to have any feelings for Zach (because he misses his boyfriend from his old school), he can’t help himself. Zach sends mixed signals to Noah, but Noah can’t help what he feels, and a good portion of the book is about Noah’s feelings for him. Yes, Noah has a girlfriend, but that’s not really where his heart lies – he more or less stays with her because they know they’re going to end up dying at some point, and he wants to make her happy.
A lot of the book is centered around awaywego.com – a website that is set up for students who are diagnosed with PPV – there are movies, books, social media, video games, etc. established to help them pass the time. I thought this aspect of the book was pretty neat, honestly…it was unique and catered specifically for this book, and a nice addition.
However, as their health declines and their spirits start to drop, they start to wonder – where are the really sick kids taken? Where do they go when their health gets so bad that they can no longer stay at Westing? Is it really a recovery center they go to, or something a lot worse than the “incontinence support” centers that the brochures talk about?
Away We Go has a pretty memorable cast of characters, among them being Noah and Zach, who spend the entire book trying to figure out how they feel about one another. I have to admit that I really liked this aspect of the book – I thought they made an interesting couple (even though Zach wasn’t sure what he was looking for or how he really thought of Noah), and I would have liked to see even more of them together in the book. Noah’s character seemed all kinds of confused (but then again, he was pretty much handed a ticket to a terminal illness, so who wouldn’t be?), and he spent a lot of his time doing a lot of drinking (where these kids got such vast amounts of alcohol just baffles me) and hooking up with random guys that he doesn’t really know, because he has a desire to feel something instead of thinking about what his future might or might not hold.
The book is also broken up into different parts, such as present day and the past, back when he first came to Westing and met Zach. This got a little confusing at times, but nothing that made the story difficult to enjoy.
While not a very chipper read, it definitely is powerful and makes you appreciate life and all the little things. While I knew going into it it was going to be one of those books that would probably end up making me sad for a while after I read it, I’m really glad I picked it up anyway.
If you like books like The Fault in Our Stars and Extraordinary Means, I have to recommend you check this one out, too!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Most recent customer reviews
Oh this review...
It is going to be hard to write this one. I know it is. I finished reading this book at least a month ago.Read more