Released: January 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Around the World Tours
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....
I don't usually read books or watch movies like this. Why? Because I am naturally an anxious person. My nerves get rattled easily, and seven kids locked into high school for a week trying to survive while the snow keeps piling up outside sounds like it'll rattle me a lot.
Scotty is an average teenage boy with an easy-going voice. He is the one telling you the story in the way that it had already happen. While sometimes his voice could get a bit repetitive, I really liked his narration. He dropped suddle hints that really kept the story moving along.
Don't think this is some snowed in version of Lord of the Flies. This is a mild intense book, but for someone like me, this was a good thing. All the characters were very easy to vision and the plot moved along nicely from day to day. Usually I'm all about learning so much about characters. You do get to know some of Scotty along with some of the other students, but with this type of story it was way more fitting without having to hear everyone's back story. I really enjoyed how smoothly Michael Northrop's writing flowed throughout the pages.
The ending though...I liked it. I really liked how the book came together, but when I hit that closing paragraph, turned the page, and realized that was the end, I thought: What?! I needed more details. I just felt like it was ripped right from me, but at the same time due to how the story was written it did fit. I'm still torn on it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Trapped. I haven't read anything else by Northrop, but I plan on changing that.