The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .
Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision.
Trapped by Michael Northrop hit shelves in February, 2011.
I’ve read many books with unsatisfactory endings. Really, really unsatisfactory ending. But Trapped wins the prized gold star. I started getting a bad feeling when I reached those last, crucial pages… The book’s running out. Okay, come on, how’s this going to work… He wouldn’t just leave it like this. Would he? Answer: Yes. Yes, he would.
So apart from the awful ending, I really enjoyed reading Trapped. I found it on a list of “What-to-read-when-you’ve-finished-the-Hunger-Games.” Here. I’m not sure I’d quite agree. While it hinted on survival, had a whiff of romance, and involved some sad twists, it wasn’t exactly gripping. Halfway through, I found it a bit shallow. I was expecting some Lord of the Flies/Gone Series here. Power struggles. Danger. Desperate need for food. Freezing. Intoxicating fear. Terrible decisions. Betrayal. But not really… It brushed on many of those concepts but didn’t explore anything. While I say all this, being honest, I couldn’t put it down.
We follow the story through the eyes of Scotty Weems, a fifteen-year-old, definitely-not-hero-material, high school kid. He’s trapped in the school when the worst snow storm in history hits their town. Seven kids. All alone. No one knows they’re there. The teacher walked out at the beginning into the blizzard and never came back. So we have a wonderful, diverse bunch of kids—Les (the slightly-scary-school-delinquent); Kirsta (very hot, very popular girl) and her best friend, Julie; Elisha, (scary-sort-of-goth-introvert); and Scotty and his two best friends, Jason (infatuated with anything military) and Pete (described as purely-normal). I really thought this book was going to end in utter chaos with these well-described, well-written kids fighting it out to survive. It didn’t.
The writing was refreshing, easy and fun to read. Scotty’s a little obsessed with Kirsta, but that doesn’t eventuate into more than a few awkward conversations. You really feel like a teenager is writing this.