Older readers will appreciate Ry’s self-discoveries along the way, as well as his interesting and often humorous observations. (When describing his room at home, Ry notes the “decorating style he preferred was somewhere between Extreme Lived-In and Total Pit. Lair was how thought of it.”)
This is basically a survival story, even though the characters are in the midst of civilization most of the time. Teen boys who have read and enjoyed Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Louis Sachar’s Holes may be ready to move on to this more in-depth novel that gives you an unsettling feeling that this is something that really could possibly happen to you, “if one little thing went wrong – or, okay, a half dozen, a dozen, an unusually large number of things went wrong – and everyone went spinning off in all directions.” Thanks to my favorite professor, Anne Phillips, for recommending this title to me!
-reviewed by Jennifer