The Living review by Tenaya
The Living
by Matt de la Peña
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Adventure

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Age at time of review - 11
Reviewer's Location - Bolinas, CA, United States
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18 year old Shy decides to work the summer on a cruise ship in order to earn some pocket money and help out his family. Everything's going great for Shy-a hot new crush, generouse tippers, bikini clad girls-untill his 6th day aboard. A strange man grabs Shy and tells him that he is a horrible person, then commits suicide.

Only 3 weeks later, a huge earthquake strikes California like a million grenades. Soon after, a ginourmous wave towers over the cruise ship, crashing over the ship and killing most of the passengers. As the few survivors collect themselves, another huge wall of water strikes the ship. Shy is set afloat with a bratty girl named Addison and a dieing man. The small group survived the earthquake and the tsunamis, but will they make it to land? And if they make it to shore, what dangers will be waiting for them there?


I really enjoyed The Living. Honestly- I couldn't put it down, and I finished it within a day of getting it. I thought  that the author made great use of the horror and fright of the characters to help me connect with them. I felt what they felt, saw what they saw.

I'd recomend the book to kids of ages 12 and up, and only people who aren't freaked out about a little blood or death.

Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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There was some talk about love and sex, and a little bit of swearing (not a lot of either).

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