Overview:In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world — as they know it — apart.
This was a gritty tale of natural disasters and the fight for survival by a group of kids. It is not a feel good, warm fuzzy kind of novel but it definitely strike a chord with the reader. It kind of reminds me a bit of Red Dawn but instead of bad guys you have hailstorms, massive earthquakes, chemical spills.
The characters all manage to pull at my heart strings in one way or another. They are a motley bunch. You've got Kindergartners through Seniors, jock to nerds and a little bit in between. They are locked up in a department store with the world going nuts around them. They have no contact with the outside world for the most part and they have no idea where they're parents are or even if they are still alive. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and stress that would cause to a grown person but to a child, how tragic.
I loved watching them go from being scared and manic to taking control and learning to survive and rely on each other. There's are scenes of alcohol/drug use, violence and some brief sexual situations but not too over the top on any one of them.
Then to top it off we're left with a cliffhanger and I'm glad to say I just found out there is at least a book 2 coming in spring 2013. I can't wait!
Author's Website: Emmy Laybourne