Trapped by Michael Northrop Review


Summary (via Goodreads): 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 book was okay, but it was the plot and description that really did it. If this book had a little bit more character development, it would probably be stellar. The descriptions of the building snow were all amazing and beautiful. The school was very well described. Every way that they stayed alive was very well written and accurate to what they would do. There were just a few problems in their priorities – like having acne problems and trying to pop pimples, lots of descriptions of the hot girls. Literally, there was nothing else to Julie or Krista except that they were hot and so beautiful, even though they were only freshman. 

As for Scotty, he was okay. Same with all the other characters. I did like Jason a little bit more than the rest for some reason, but everyone else was okay. All cookie cutter types of the high school crew – the bully, the hot girl, the best friend, the jock, the goth, the teenage boy controlled only by getting the girl, the smart leader who comes from nowhere. It was a typical high school – in description, in characters. Even the few encounters at the beginning of the book with teachers were nothing special, and most of them seemed to not care at all about any of the students. 

The plot was well described. While the level of snow was a bit unbelievable, the way that the school building shut down was brilliant. The heat shutting down, the electric, the roof falling down from all the snow. All of this was a very nice process and timed well so that just when they had everything figured out, they would start again with another problem. 

The ending really did the book justice. I will not spoil anything, but it was brilliantly done. It didn’t wrap everything up at the end in a beautiful bow – but it left enough that the brain could fully imagine what would happen without directly stating anything. 

Overall, this book is worth the read. It is well written and descriptive, but the characters were a bit lacking and boring. 

4/5 Stars

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