Trapped by Michael Northrop

Title: Trapped

Author: Michael Northrop

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series Status: Standalone

Page Count: 232

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis: 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….

Review: This wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was short, simple, and enjoyable.

This plot device showed promise, and if had been longer, I feel like it could have been very good. Also, if it hadn’t been bogged down with stupid high school drama and crushes. I’m glad that nearing the end they realized this wasn’t “guy gets the girl” kind of story, this was “fight for survival”.

The ending felt a bit anti-climatic and sudden. After all that, it cuts off so suddenly without any notice. I was really hoping to find out whose parents had survived, and what would happen to everyone.

If there would have been more focus on the snow and the outside, this would have been great, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t. It was very quick read.

I give this 3/5 stars and would recommend it for someone who wants a quick, interesting read.

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