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27 December 2013

The Living (The Living #1)

The Living by Matt De La Pena is the story of a cruise gone wrong.

Shy is excited about his summer job. He wanted to save some money before his senior year of high school and the Paradise cruise lines pay better than fast food. It also gives him some time away from home after the death of his grandmother.

His second cruise is an eight day voyage to Hawaii. But as the crew and passengers are getting settled into the routine of the ship, news of a massage earthquake on the West Coast of the United States changes everything. Theoretically, in the middle of the Pacific, the ship is safe from tsunami, but the ship is not quite in the middle of the ocean. It is just off of the Hidden Islands.

Without much warning, the crew must put in place the emergency drills it has been learning and try to save as many passengers as possible. Shy will begin the hardest week of his life.

De La Pena has written a young adult natural disaster novel with a few twists thrown in for fun. This book is fast-paced and readers will devour it.

De La Pena, Matt. (2013). The Living. New York: Delacourte Press.

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