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The Living by Matt de la Peña

The Living

by Matt de la Peña

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Henry Leyva did a good job with the narration. However, only the adolescent audience at which this thriller was aimed might find the big reveal to be a surprise; I found the plot to be predictable on all points. Not bad but not good enough to tempt me to read further books... ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 21, 2016 |
De La Pena does a great service to YA readers by creating a story that is engaging, draws across multiple cultures and perspectives, and creates immense visual imagery with easy to follow flow and suspense. The chapters don't always make you want to keep reading forward and there were a few small lull moments, but overall this book is hard to put down and will be great for readers as young as 11 or 12. It has a small amount of language and PG rated pockets, but hardly any to raise an eyebrow. I will be including this into my elementary library for mature 6th graders. This would be a good book for someone who needs suspense and likes to read about chaos and corruption. I would be cautious as it is a long read and the longest book I have read in some time. I couldn't help wanting it to be over, but mostly because I wanted to know how it would end and found many sleepless nights reading for hours. ( )
  AKcensorfree | Mar 21, 2016 |
A little slow to start but endlessly absorbing once you get into it! Shy thought it would be an easy summer working on a cruise ship, anything to get his mind of his grandmother who recently passed away from Romero's disease, but things are about to get a lot more complicated. Things are all fun and games on the ship, until they're not. When a huge earthquake takes out the west coast, massive tsunamis are headed towards the cruise liner and Shy is in for the ride of his life. He's worried about his safety, his crush Carmen, and of course the safety of his crew mates and the passengers, it's going to take everything in him to survive. It's an emotional roller coaster and an excellent survival story. There are also political and ethical quandaries for teens to ponder. An excellent read, I can't wait for the next in the series. For fans of Ashfall and other natural disaster survival books! ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 9, 2016 |
This was a quick and interesting read. I suggest maybe not starting this book unless you have quick access to the second in the series. ( )
  EllsbethB | Nov 12, 2015 |
Shy, a hard-working Mexican-American kid, gets a gig on a cruise ship. On his maiden voyage, he witnesses a passenger's suicide (he tried to prevent him from going overboard but failed). On this trip, he finds himself being followed on board by a mysterious man, as well as the subject of interest of several well-heeled tourists. Meanwhile, he's falling in love with a fellow staff member, the beautiful -- but engaged -- Carmen. As if this all weren't enough, a storm, a giant tidal wave (triggered by a massive earthquake that has level the CA coastline) and the sinking of the ship puts Shy's very existence in question. (And, oh yes, a dangerous malady "Romero" has killed his grandmother and is threatening his nephew). Whew!

Pena should have trusted his characters, Shy and Carmen and even the haughty Valley Girl Addie to carry the book. Their voices and lives are interesting enough without dragging in all of these convoluted plot twists. The undiscerning teen reader may not notice, in fact, may even like, the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink narrative. This reader mourns the short shrift given to these characters. Ah, what might have been!

Pena's BALL DON'T LIE is an infinitely better read. ( )
  mjspear | Jul 31, 2015 |
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Leyva, HenryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

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