Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Publisher: Scholastic, 2011
Hardcover, 232 pages
Received as Gift
Challenge: One, Two Theme! Challenge

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. . .
It's the storm of the century and Scotty, Pete & Jason make the wrong decision to stay in school even though there was an early dismissal. They end up being 3 of the 7 students and one teacher that are left behind as the snow piles outside. Soon it becomes apparent that they're going to spend the night in their dark high school, which, is like my worst nightmare.

Geez. I was so excited about this book and really wanted to give it a tremendous review. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. It was the first time I've read a YA from a male's point of view so there was the obligatory ogling over a girl and some gross talk about human waste and things like that. I didn't really enjoy those visuals. The narration from Scotty was very wait'll-ya-see-what-happens-next! And that thing never really happened.

There's no secret that there will be death in the book because on the first few pages, Scotty lets you know. So the entire time you're reading, you wonder who will die and how. As the pages lessen and lessen and the story moves forward at a snail's pace, you wonder if he was just kidding. You wonder if some huge tragedy will ever happen and then you don't care. Even the blurb about the book is misleading! I thought the devastating decision might be that they'd eat each other or something! I dunno! That's what normally happens in the books about being trapped in snow!

I do not recommend this book. It's more a 2 out of 4 stars. But if you must read it, I recommend it for Middle Grader Readers who like contemporary fiction.


  1. Too bad that this one didn't live up to the great premise and cover :(

  2. Right?! The cover is absolutely GORGE and he does some cool stuff as each chapter progresses with the amount of snow that's on the top of the word "Chapter xx". But ummm yeah.

  3. I'm a little disappointed that this one was only a 2! A 2! I think i'll still read Trapped and just see what it's like for myself. I won't go in with high hopes though.. maybe it'll be better that way.
    Thanks for the review, girly. :D

  4. @Nightowl Yes please read it anyway, but if you don't like it then don't be mad at me!! heheh :)

  5. LOL at expecting them to eat each other! I'm always afraid they'll resort to burning books to stay warm. That's my version of horror! :P

    But, oh no, both you and Melissa gave this book a lower rating. I'm pretty disappointed.

  6. Thanks for your review, I've been seeing this book everywhere and was thinking about buying it, but I think I'll wait and get it from the library.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  7. I was thinking exactly the same thing, that they might decide to eat one of their companions! That's disappointing. I thought this would have a lot of suspense and action.

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  8. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I've been swamped with school so I haven't had time to say thank you!
    I think I'll probably pass on this one based on your review... though I do love those kind of "survivor" stories. Thanks for the review.

  9. The idea of the book sounded great, too bad that it was not worth the read. Hate when that happens.

  10. @Small, Nina, Chrizette, SimplyMe: Yeah if you read it, don't buy it!! But definitely read it so you can see what I mean!

    @Aylee: School is important! I don't even know how you maintain an awesome blog and still go to school!!

  11. You did a fantastic job of letting us know exactly what you meant without giving away any plot spoilers. Great review! I think I'll pass on the book though. :)

  12. I struggled with what to rate this one too. I went with a 3. I was somewhat disappointed as well because it had so much potential. I also was frustrated that everything came from Scotty's point of view. I think the story could have been much richer if we had been able to get into the minds of the other kids too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  13. Bummer! The premise sounded so good! I hate when that happens.

  14. I was really hoping this would be a good book. Too bad it didn't deliver the expectation. Guess I will have to cross this off from my TBR. Thanks for the review.

  15. Oh no! And you seemed to be liking it the other day when you were earlier in the book! Ah well. It happens. That's such a bummer though. I'll still read it, but the only difference now is, if I don't win it in that one giveaway, then instead of buying it, I'm going to borrow it from the library in case I don't like it either. :)


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