Sunday, March 13, 2011
Author: Michael Northrop
From GoodReads, "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..."
As I sit underneath my comforter in my relatively warm house and watch the snow fly all I can think of is this terrific book! I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it.
Three friends are inside school and notice that it is beginning to snow... a little at first and then in great gobs. School is let out early (I can hear students' cheering), but instead of going home on the buses, the boys decide to stay and work on a shop project. As they work it continues to snow, unfortunately it doesn't stop for a long while, but by the time they realize it, they are trapped.
The student that are trapped along with the three friends are as different as night and day. It was interesting to see whether the dynamics and stereotypes that they have within school would carry over to the story. The wonderful writing by Michael Northrop made me so engaged in the story that at times I felt as if I was right in there only to realize that I was safe in my own house.
The story starts with what most of the students think is a mild snow and transitions into a life-threatening dilemma. Being from the midwest, it was easy to see how this could happen. I also liked that Northrop didn't hold back from the scarier parts of what might (and in this case did) happen. Several of the things that I am absolutely afraid of were in this book and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Some might think that this book is written for a mainly male audience due to a few of the inside jokes of the boys in the story, but I found it to be refreshingly unique and I think it will appeal to a female audience as well. There were a few loose ends in the book that I didn't care for, but I predict a snowfall of fans. (Pun intended!)