- File Size: 4434 KB
- Print Length: 449 pages
- Publisher: Disney Hyperion (June 23, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2010
- Sold by: Disney Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003SHDQD0
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All my top ten favorite heroes/heroines come from YA literature. And now there is Sam Small. Wow, that little guy moved me.
Higson is masterful at the fast pace action plot. You won't get bored, that's for sure. There are two story lines, but he moves them so quickly there are no frustrating gaps in the action. He leaves you guessing, but you are also ready to see what is happening in the other line. His character development is uneven. For example, there is a character with a dysfunctional Napoleonic personality, but Higson does not let you see enough of the kid's psyche to really get it. Other characters, however, are well developed, and I think Higson really gets kids. Finally, be warned that Higson does not mind killing characters he makes you like. I am afraid that Collins has started a trend in YA literature that we will be living with for some time. In all, I found it a very good action book, although the ending is very strange.
So why only three stars? Go back to my first line. About two hundred pages into the book Higson introduces some mild profanity which quickly escalates into moderately severe. It caught me a bit off-guard, since there was no hint of it coming. This moved the book to the "Parental Permission" shelf in my classroom library. There is one sexually oriented derogatory remark. None of this is gratuitous, however, and you know that kids would talk this way; it's just that if Riordan, Patterson, Rowling, Nimmo, etc. can write great books for the YA crowd and leave that stuff to our imagination, why can't others?
There is also another, for me anyway, even more intriguing subplot of a nine-year-old boy who has been kidnapped by the "grown-ups" and must escape. He goes on a harrowing journey through the subway system and finds a "healthy" adult couple with sick intents. (This subplot is reminiscent of The Dark and Hollow Places, the third installment of Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. An absolute must-read in the zombie genre.)
There is a very understated, yet convincing, romance element. Most characters are well-developed, and the interaction between them is believable. The time frame of the novel is very condensed, happening over a few short weeks, which makes it a very harrowing and exciting read. I truly couldn't put it down!
I'm a high school English teacher. I recommend the title fully to fans of young adult horror and adult readers as well.
My only complaint with this one is that the dialogue is somewhat stilted in spots. The pacing of the story is so intense, the dialogue blips sometimes served as a roadblock to a very fast car chase. The author is expert at writing all the action, and I see this one having big appeal to high schoolers and adults. Be forewarned: there is a lot of violence in this story, and a lot of kids die. There are gruesome killings, hints at cannabalism, and disease crazed monkeys. All of this is made more compelling and grotesque because some of the kids involved are quite young. This is not a story for the squeamish.
I hope this continues as a series, as the author has set things up for a great next installment that I look forward to reading. I would give this 4.5 stars, and will recommend this to any fan of apocalyptic/dystopian fiction age 15 and up.
The kids have found refuge in the local supermarket. They have been there a year, but things are getting desperate as the older kids have to travel farther from their store base to find food to keep them alive. The older kids know it is only a matter of time until they cannot hold out any longer and are looking for a way out. They find it when an older boy arrives telling them to come to Buckingham Palace, where there they have set up a safe zone, with food and comfort within the palace walls. Knowing their plight is grim, the older kids decide they should leave the shelter of the store and make a dash to the palace. The story follows them as they make their way across London. Who will survive the trip, and when they get there what will they find?
Little Sam is a nine year old with an imagination who is stolen from the supermarket grounds by the grownups in the opening pages of the book. He keeps his wits and is able to escape only to find himself alone in the big city of London. The book follows his adventures as he strives to stay alive and make his way back to the little sister he left behind in the supermarket. He is a wonderful character who just wants to be a kid again, but is forced to grow up too fast in a world where everyone must take care of themselves.
The book is fast paced with plenty of zombie type violence. The world as Higson creates is a dangerous one and many characters do not survive their odyssey.Read more ›
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I envy today's young adults with the cracking books/series they get to read. Wasn't quite the same in the early 70s for me, although I suppose zombies were not quite up with... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kay Smillie
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