The Survivors

The Survivors

Book - 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Miles, thirteen-year-old Sarah, and their parents find themselves changing in many ways as they struggle to survive winter in a remote cabin, while keeping anyone in the nearby town from learning they are living there illegally after the devastation of volcanic eruptions drove them from their Minneapolis home.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060094768
0060094761
Branch Call Number: YF WEA NVD
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm

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SPL_Childrens Mar 28, 2013

The world had changed immensely.

Two years after the volcanic eruptions, the ash is still falling like thick grey snow, playing havoc with the world’s climate, agriculture, economy and the entire social order, which is fast degenerating into lawlessness. Sixteen-year-old Miles, his younger sister Sarah and his parents flee their luxurious suburban home in Minneapolis and head for an abandoned cabin in the north woods. Their new home is a sanctuary of sorts for the family, but there are new challenges and dangers to be faced here during the long harsh winter. The lack of electricity and plumbing are the least of those challenges.

At first the family relies on Miles’ wilderness skills and his determined, commonsense approach. When he has a serious accident, the rest of the family must learn new skills and work together to cope. There is no one else to ask for help, for the family members are viewed as unwelcome “travelers” or “illegals” by those in the nearest town.

In this harsh and dangerous world, the Newells manage to accept their changed reality, adapt and learn how to really work together as a family in order to survive.

The narration of The Survivors switches smoothly between Miles and Sarah to provide two points of view.

This well-written sequel to an earlier book by Will Weaver, The Memory Boy, can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own.

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