Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop


Trapped by Michael Northrop

Published Year: 2011
Genre: YA Realism
Subtitle: No Thank You

"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. . . ."

A quick, suspenseful read that's fitting for this season, but if it's actually snowing right now where you are, you might not want to read this one right then. It's not actually frightening (let's be honest), but if you tend to think the sky is falling when it isn't (like moi) then this book will probably exacerbate that feeling...

Scotty and six other students end up trapped in their high school during a raging nor'easter, that ends up being the "worst blizzard ever beheld" in their little town. And no one knows they've been left there (does that seem likely to you?)...

Scotty is a very... interesting narrator. Two parts fifteen year old boy, one part quirky, one part sooth sayer, and one part the world is actually ending. It gives an odd... flavor to this book, that's for sure. He's fixated on very fifteen year old boy things like... zits, girls and best friends. I found this very at odds with the quirkiness. MN also gave Scotty some reflective, but foretelling aspects, asides about the storm that just overall made the book very, very weird. Definitely a quirky read, especially for something supposedly slotted as a thriller? I wasn't feeling very thrilled. It read as a quirky contemporary realistic novel actually.

I was disappointed by the lack of characterization in this book as well. With such a limited cast of characters, there was such an opportunity for them to be developed, especially in such close quarters over this snowstorm. The only one we really get to see "change" is Les, and I'm not sure that counts because it was really the others' perception of him.

The ending will disappoint a lot of people and I will describe as greatly lacking closure. There are lots of unanswered questions that MN doesn't even begin to address. I kind of like it this way because it really fits the rest of his book. If he'd tied it up with neat little bows, I would've expected way more from the rest of the book. As it is, I didn't expect much from the end, because I didn't get much from the rest of it.

I will say that I loved the aesthetics of this book. That alone and separate from the content of the book gets a 5 out of 5, because it was fantastic and I loved it (pretty).

1 out of 5 stars.