First line: The kitchen faucet makes the most bizarre sounds.
When a severe drought hits California people are forced to make extreme
choices in order to survive. Cutting back on water usage sounds doable
until the water runs dry. As people start to experience life threatening
thirst they become animals. Life has become a war zone and people are
going to die.
Alyssa, a high school student in California, is
shocked when the faucets stop working. Her family try to stay calm and
find new water sources. However, when they don’t return from a water run
Alyssa decides that she has to take matters into her own hands to keep
herself and her younger brother alive. With the help of the neighbor
boy, and his prepper family, she thinks that maybe they will survive the
Tap-Out until one night when the rest of the neighborhood turns on
My Thoughts: This story felt oddly familiar. I feel
like in a way we are living this reality right now. People are scared.
The world has changed. Life is almost unrecognizable. I don’t know if
this made the book even more intriguing or scarier.
I have to
say that I learned a lot about dehydration and how the human body needs
water for survival. Hopefully this will never become a reality because
it is terrifying. I found myself drinking a lot more water while reading
I enjoyed the characters. There were some I liked and
others not. I liked how the author incorporated news casts, snapshots
into other people during the crisis and then sometimes gave those
snapshots bigger parts later in the story. My heart was pounding and I
could not put the book down during the last 150 pages. I had to know if
Alyssa and her crew were going to survive.
I love that
Shusterman brings important issues to teens. Water conservation is
something we need to be careful about and plan for at one point. I
highly recommend reading this. It gives a scary but realistic view into
what could be a future world disaster.
Alrighty. Week two is completed along with three more books. I was not sure that I was going to be half way done at the end of the second week but I accomplished it. Plus I finished two of the longer books this last week!
I greatly appreciate audio books. I know some people do not consider these “reading” but I certainly do. I get the story and I am engaged in the plot and its characters. Two of the books from last week were ones that I partially listened to thanks to our book on CD collection and Rb Digital.
This last week’s reads include The Loving Cup by Winston Graham, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. Each one was a four star read. All of them had fantastic characters and stories. I am hoping to soon read the rest of the books in each series. However, my favorite book this week is by far Hatchet.
First line: Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below.
Summary: Brian’s parents split up recently and on his way to Canada to spend a few months with his father. He is flying in a small plane with only himself and a pilot. As they are flying over the forests of Canada the pilot suddenly has a heart attack. Brian is left alone in an airplane, thousands of feet in the air and no idea where he is or how he is going to land the plane.
For several hours he keeps the plane in the air until he decides to try and take it down on a lake. When he crashes he finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back, his wits and the hatchet his mother had given him. How long will it take for someone to rescue him? Will he be able to survive alone in the forest?
My Thoughts: I picked this book
because it has been years since I heard the story. I remember having it
read to my class while I was in school. It was a good story then but now
that I am older I realize that it is a great story. I usually recommend
this to young boys who ask for something to read. I am happy to see
that it is still popular and has a hold list.
A thirteen year old boy is lost in the wilderness with nothing. He survives using what he knows from nature shows and his school science classes. Not many people would be able to do this. Paulsen does a splendid job of mixing the adventure with facts. Not many kids books can stand the test of time but I believe that this one can. It is still engaging and fun and perfect for all ages.