Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review + Winter Wonderland Giveaway: Trapped by Michael Northrop

What would you do if you were stuck inside your high school in a deadly snowstorm?

This is the basic premise of Michael Northrup's Trapped, a fast-paced and gripping thriller about a group of seven high school students who are literally locked inside their school after several feet of snow are dumped on it. Seems like a pretty innocent and basic plot, but when you think about these mismatched group of teens trapped inside this school, you can imagine the fight for survival that ensues.

I found the main character and the story's hero, Scotty, to be a pretty realistic teen boy. From the moment the snow starts to fall, he doubts the brilliance of the plan to stay at the school, even though his friends are intent on doing so. When all of the students but the group of seven are gone, Scotty seems to be the first to step into survival mode and is often the voice of reason and calm throughout the story.

Even more than Scotty, I loved the suspense in this novel. I teach in an old high school (it's being renovated right now) and can just imagine the structural issues that would cause our school to come crashing down if this old building were asked to hold several feet of heavy snow. It wouldn't be long before our building collapsed. But, in Trapped, you never quite find out what ends up happening to all of the kids or the school building itself. I loved this. You know that not everyone made it out alive, which is alluded to in the first chapters of the book, but never know the true extent of the damage.

This would be a great read for a reluctant teen reader, particularly male readers. It's short but not without a whole lot of "what would you do" questions. There are easy parallels between this book and others like Lord of the Flies, although this story is not too similar to be a snow-induced knockoff. A perfect read for a snowy day!

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Want to win a copy of this book? Signed? It's made out to me, but you can just pretend! I'm giving away my ARC of this book at The Book Rat as part of Misty's Winter Wonderland celebration. Just head over there and check out my guest post for more info and ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!


  1. Sounds brilliant. I can't wait to try it. Great review. I love when someone really connects with a story line.

  2. Sounds like a great read that I can totally relate to. I'm from WY and we get tons of snow there!

  3. I really want to read this book! I live in WA state and we had a ton of snow this year too! Great review!

  4. Off to enter the giveaway, but nice review. I really want to read this one!


  5. This looks like a fun book to me. I live in AZ and we don't get much snow, so I can romanticize it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I want to read this book. Growing up where it does blizzard this has always been a thought at the back of my mind!!

  7. It sounds interesting. The plot is very original.

  8. Great review! I've been wanting to read this book for a while, and I love the way you describe the book! It sounds great!

    I live in an area where we get a LOT of snow every year. I can totally imagine being stuck in the building, while they try to deal with the snow, although, people around here are pretty snow survival savvy. :)

  9. I really enjoy a snow book. They're always really creepy.

  10. This book looks very unique. I can't wait to read a snow book!

  11. Snow book!? Count me in!



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