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Into the Hurricane Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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Gr 7 Up—There's nothing typical about how teenagers Eli and Maxine unexpectedly meet, on top of a lighthouse on Shackles Island in coastal Louisiana hours before category five Hurricane Celeste hits. Eli is contemplating suicide at the same spot from which his older sister, also named Celeste, jumped to her death a few years earlier. Max is there to spread the ashes of her recently deceased father. While their reasons for being at the lighthouse are personal and they each resent the other's intrusion, Eli and Max must learn not only to tolerate each other but also to cooperate in order to get to safety as the storm approaches. After realizing that the only bridge off the island has been shut down, they embark on a desperate effort to get to higher ground that involves an ATV, an alligator, a possible ghost, and an unhinged local family bent on holding Eli and Max hostage—all while battling the relentless storm and their own emotional baggage. Connelly's detailed descriptions of the island's unique landscape and the ferocity of the hurricane help set the scene, while the plot's brisk pacing (the whole novel transpires in less than 24 hours) conveys the urgency of the characters' dire situation. Although alternating first- and third-person narration feels disjointed, it allows readers to fully appreciate the protagonists—both of whom are flawed but sincere and self-aware—and their motivations. VERDICT Accessible writing and an engaging plot make this a good choice for reluctant readers looking for a fast-paced adventure.—Melissa Kazan, Horace Mann School, NY
"Into the Hurricane is a riveting story of survival and redemption. Haunted by troubled pasts and hounded by a relentless storm, Louisiana boy Eli and Jersey girl Max must let go of what's holding them back and reach for what really matters as they run, drive, swim, and climb for higher ground. The result is a Category 5 adventure, driven onward as much by sacrifice and heroism as by the whipping winds." -- Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of Trapped and Surrounded by Sharks
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"A thought-provoking examination of the power of faith and the human desire for a savior." -- Kirkus Reviews
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The book’s prologue introduces Max – a young woman who describes herself as a self-centered drama queen. In her own way, she is haunted by her recently deceased father. Believing she has nothing to lose after his death, she risks her life for the chance at a fresh start.
The paths of Eli and Max cross and then become entwined with those of some local residents. Will Max come to care about any of the people around her? How many of them will survive the storm?
Beginning in the fourth chapter, the book speeds forward via engaging action and intriguing revelations. Ultimately Eli and Max face questions we all want answered. How do we get over bad choices? When do we need to hold on, and when is it time to let go? What can we fix, and what is beyond our control? What can be restored, and when do we need to build again from the ground up?
Connelly did a good job of setting the scene and showing us what was inside the characters minds. As a reader you got to see them evolve and grow. It created fairly complex characters. It was a quick and enjoyable read.