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Blog Tour: ‘Trapped’ by Michael Northrop Review and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘Trapped’ by Michael Northrop Review and Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Trapped’ by Michael Northrop Review and GiveawayTrapped by Michael Northrop
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 1st, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 232
Format: Paperback
Source: blog tours
three-stars
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. . . .

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review

A very realistic portrayal of a teenager trapped in his high school after the biggest blizzard his little town has ever seen.

There are certain realistic situations the teens had to go through such as where will they get food? How did they did heat to keep themselves warm? What would they do for fun? You know the basic necessities to keep on surviving. There was lack of relationships being developed as well. They pretty much sat around and did nothing. In that situation, wouldn’t you be plotting to get out or figure out a way to contact the outside world? Their plans were highly unlogical and completely ridiculous. I couldn’t even read the part with the go kart because you just knew what would happen. And that ending came out of nowhere. I thought it would have been built up slowly but it didn’t.

What I felt was unrealistic was the amount of snow that fell in the span of a couple of days. (Mother Nature can’t be that cruel!) I also didn’t enjoy how the boys perception of the girls were, like they were treated as sex objects and not as people. And I’m sorry but some of the characters decisions aren’t incredibly smart. Why sleep on the floor when you can get gym mats? Why go out in the blizzard when you’re the only adult? thonks head on the wall Also the characters didn’t develop as I thought they would. I also had a problem with the pacing because it was so incredibly hard to stay focused on the story. I only wanted to find out if they get rescued, which is the one reason I kept going.

Recommended to borrow this one for lack of development but a very interesting and realistic concept.

Characters
Hardly any development but each character has a distinct personality.

Pacing
Quite slow in the beginning, but finally develops in the middle.

Cover & Design
Completely embodies the entire storyline.

Plot
Wonderful story about survival and what happens when teenagers are left to fend for themselves.

A realistic survival story that will make you think twice about the decisions you make as a teen.


quotes

Like a lot of New Englanders who’ve reached a certain age and haven’t had the common sense to leave, he really had a thing for winter, like it was some beautiful beast that had to be respected. It was part of that whole hardship-equals character thing. Oldsters loved that, the idea that character was something you could accumulate over time.
I knew right then we’d made a mistake. It’s like sometimes you’re so intent on talking your way in that you don’t really think about whether or not you want to be there.
Being good-looking, it was like a passport to anywhere, and she was the only one of us who had one.

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rating

3/5

three-stars

37 Comments

  1. Caryl

    December 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    If i were stuck at school, I would probably plug my iPod at the announcements room and blast music through out the whole building and have my own personal party! 😀

  2. Kelsey

    December 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    If I were trapped at a school in a snowstorm I’d make sure to find someplace warm, make sure I had food and try to find a way to contact someone outside so they knew I was in there.

  3. Kristia

    December 9, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    I would stay for a few hours to see if the weather gor better and then explore to find anything I can use.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Zara Alexis

    December 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I’d survey the school and plan a day and/or night of survival until the storm settles and I can leave!

    Zara @ The Bibliotaphe Closet

  5. Lisa

    December 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    i would explore the school..then try to seek help

  6. Melissa

    December 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I’d be scoping out food and supplies and rationing! LOL

  7. Christina K.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    If I were trapped in school with friends, I’d probably mess around for a while and then try and get heat and food.

    Alone, I’d try to get help!!

    Thank you:)

  8. Tiffany Drew

    December 6, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    If I was trapped in a school during a snowstorm, I would call for help first, then probably do some snooping around to kill time lol.

  9. Holly Letson

    December 5, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    I’d look for the English class’s classroom, since they always have books. Then, I would sit in that room and read.

  10. Sunni h

    December 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I would be looking for a way to stay fed and warm

  11. Sunni h

    December 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    This book sounds amazing!

  12. Theresa

    December 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I would do my best to help myself and everyone else… Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  13. galena

    December 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Honestly I’d focus on surviving inside while waiting for rescue. Moving around in survival situations isn’t recommended if you’re trying to be rescued (and not find your own way out). That school would have lots of food in the cafeteria, and probably have blankets, or clothes in the lost and found, and other supplies. I wouldn’t leave until it was absolutely necessary.

  14. Jennifer G W

    December 3, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    I would stay in the School until I couldn’t anymore then try and get out!

  15. Kirsten W

    December 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Do some hard-core snooping. Open all the doors, go through some offices, and touch everything that I’m not supposed to.

  16. Rizwana

    December 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I will try to survive!

  17. roro @roro is reading

    December 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    i was going to read it but i;ll pass
    gr8 review

  18. Julie R

    December 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I would definitely try to get out.

  19. Jaime Lester

    December 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I can’t say that I will read this one anytime soon, but I do think that if I saw a copy of it at the library I would probably bring it home. Your review definitely makes it seem a lot more interesting to me than it initially did. Thanks for the review!

  20. Grace Lo

    December 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Hole up in the cafeteria! My answer to EVERYTHING is food.

  21. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    December 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    As long as there was something to eat, I’d probably look for the library and read!

  22. Amy Quinn

    December 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    If I was trapped in school during a snow storm I would stay inside and try to find food, a source of warmth, and anything else that could help me survive.

  23. Carol

    December 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Too bad it was just an OK read for you =(
    I read many “liked-not loved” reviews on this one but I guess I can’t help it, this is a book I must read and see for myself =/

    Back to the question: If I were trapped at school in a snowstorm, I’d explore the school in search for basic supplies, try every communication method to the outside I can think of (phone, computer, radio even a flag on the school roof lol) & wait for the help arrive or until it’s not too risky to confront the weather outside =)

  24. Brent

    December 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    sounds interesting

  25. Alicia

    December 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’d be sneaking around trying to get into all the places I’m not supposed to go – I remember doing something similar during a hurricane lock down once ;).

  26. Paige

    December 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I would probably cry on the inside for a few seconds, I would check for phones or computers that might still have service, I would find things we could use to keep warm in case the heater was busted or something. I would probably just wait it out.

  27. Tiff- Escaping... One Book @ a Time

    December 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I actually tore through this one but maybe that’s because it started snowing here and I had a serious need to know what they would do. I have an over active imagination at times. The Go-Kart scene was predictable but sad 🙁

  28. Anne C

    December 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    If I were trapped at school in a snowstorm, I’d explore the school for food, flashlights, blankets, and for other ways to keep me warm.

  29. laurie g

    December 1, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    i’d look for ways to keep warm!

  30. Karina V

    December 1, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    I’d probably explore the school to find something helpful to get out!

  31. Ana Death Duarte

    December 1, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    I S2 survival stories and this one, from your review, seems to be very awesome indeed! =]]]

  32. Jen Haile

    December 1, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    I’d stay in school and look for ways to keep warm!

  33. Jen Haile

    December 1, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    I’d look for ways to keep warm!

  34. Zemira

    December 1, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    I would probably just stay put. It’s not like the storm is going to last forever. And my parents would know I was in school so help would be on it’s way.

  35. starryblue

    December 1, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    I like your rating scale on character development and etc.

  36. Leigh

    December 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Great review! I read Trapped last year and it was an “okay” book for me. Pacing was kind of slow for me, and the ending was too sudden.

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

  37. Penny Yoke

    December 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I would try to seek help – phone calls, emails. If all fails, then I’ll stay in school, since there are food and all that. If they run out, and the snowstorm still continues, I guess I have to risk the snowstorm.
    The book cover is nice, but the plot doesn’t seem that great…

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