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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 |
Whoa! This book took some twists and turns. Shy is working on a cruise ship for the summer to help out his family who is still reeling from the death of his grandmother from a new disease, Romero's disease. On his first voyage, a drunk and tormented man commits suicide and Shy tries to save him.
On his second voyage, someone is on board investigating and asking lots of questions to find out what the man said to Shy before killing himself. That seemed at the heart of the story, until the storms came. Then the story morphs into survival mode with Shy trying to survive all manners of obstacles. And another twists alters the course of the narrative further.
The characters are compelling and the action of story kept me interested.
Who is the mysterious Shoeshine? What happened to Addy? Is there anything left of the US? Ah, just found out there is a sequel, so I'm sure some of these questions will be revealed. ( )
  ewyatt | Jul 7, 2015 |
RGG: The plot seems a bit thin, but the premise is scarily plausible. However, the main character, Sly, is infinitely likeable, and you read along routing for him. The short chapters enhance the page-turner quality. The age and romantic feelings make this book YA although nothing explicit happens or is alluded to. Apparently this is the start of a series.
  rgruberhighschool | Mar 28, 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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