I live near Yellowstone National Park, so I was instantly, and morbidly, intrigued when I started reading this book. I’m not sure what I was expecting…but this was not it. I think I was expecting a middle grade read, but this book was on the upper levels of YA.
Alex must instantly grow up, surpassing his fifteen years over night, and learn to defend, protect, and save himself. With ingenuity and common sense, he begins the nearly impossible journey of traversing the unknown terrain between him and his parents 140 miles away.
There’s no food. There’s no water. There’s no help. Until he meets Darla: an all sass, no nonsense girl . After tragedy and mortal danger strike them, Alex and Darla set off together to face the unknowns.
There is some violence, gore, swearing, and mild sexual content. Like I said, this is on the upper level of YA. It made my stomach bunch up in knots. It’s a complete twist on dystopia. I thought about it for days after I finished and realized I need to work on emergency preparedness.
The ending was a major cliffhanger, and I am excited to read the other books in the series.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 476 pages
- Publisher: Tanglewood Press (October 11, 2011)
- Source: The Publisher (via NetGalley)