Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teen review: Apocalypse?

Race the Night
by Kirsten Hubbard

Reviewed by S.J., 6th grade


If you enjoy books about passion, friendship, adventure and trust, Race the Night is the book for you! It has 275 pages and is geared toward 5th graders and up. This book fits the genre of Realistic Fiction, for everything listed in this story COULD happen in real life.

This book is about five kids named Avis, Finch, Jay, Linnet, and Eider, who live on a desert ranch in the middle of nowhere. Here they are taught that the world has ended, and they are the only kind-hearted survivors left. But Eider believes that there must be something else out in the world, because the Earth is WAY bigger than the patch of land the Desert Ranch occupies. Her head is always up in the clouds, whereas the other children’s minds are focused “inward” rather than “outward”. But this all changes when Teacher decides to create a new lesson where the children must learn how to read each other’s minds and see in the dark! The effect is to tear bonds, strengthen them, and also reveal the truth about Before and Now.

I really enjoyed this book because of all the characters' relationships and hopes! Finch and his thirst for knowledge, Avis and her love of beauty, Linnet and her passion for drawing, Jay and his skills, and Eider with her curiosity and determined attitude! They all work together on their fears and quirks. It is raw friendship and teamwork that helps them get through life without knowing much. My favorite character/s would have to be Eider and Teacher, because of their personalities. Eider is always up for an adventure and wants to know what happened to the world around them. The boundaries set on her don't keep her from fulfilling her dream and finding what she lost! Teacher is sly and tricky, making her an interesting “villain." Trusted with power, she does the wrong things, and I really enjoyed the roller coaster of events she caused. She doesn’t let people get away with what they do, and takes drastic measures to show them that! I was a bit disappointed that sometimes the author would introduce a new character or idea and then just leave it lie. For example, Charles the Hiker! You see him once, but he is never talked about again.

On the cover of my book, there is a broken wooden wall and papers flying in the air. Simple, but meaningful. The papers are all the ones Eider collected about Before the world “ended,” and the wall is the one surrounding the Desert Ranch, letting no other humans in, or any of the children escape! What I enjoy about the cover is, it shows the things that sum up the book--determination and hope. I rate this book 5 stars because it was full of unexpected twists and was really sweet!

Editor's note: Readers in this same age group (grades 5 and up) might also enjoy Hubbard's book Watch the Sky, while those in grade nine and up can read about the joys of finding yourself on a trip to Central America in Wanderlove.




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