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In Trapped, like in the Blizzard of 78, the rate of snow falls faster than the plows can keep up. Vehicles then get stuck on the roads and the plows have an even more difficult time until there really just is nothing to do but bunker down and wait it out. A blizzard will blow itself out in a few hours, 12 at the most, and then you grab shovels and start to dig your way back to normal and wait for the next storm to hit and then repeat. Only in Trapped the snow doesn’t stop. It just keeps falling in fat, heavy flakes that cover up single story homes as foot after foot piles up. Trapped is a short book and probably can be read in a single sitting, however, this book took me several to get through because ever time I picked it up it snowed. After getting 20+ inches the first time I picked it up and several more the next, well I just knew the book was cursed and it made me wary. *lol* Reading Trapped while its snowing probably isn’t the best of ideas but I also can’t recommend reading it any other way. The added realism to the story as you watch the snow falling outside your window just ups the creep factor and lets you know that its a story that could potentially happen and makes the reader wonder would THIS storm be like THAT storm in the book?
The book is narrated by Scotty Weems who is a teenager who gets trapped in the school with 2 friends and 5 other random souls. Of all the kids that were trapped that day I think that Scotty was the best choice as he doesn’t mince words, he just tells the story straight and to the point, exposing everyone’s flaws…including his own. The kids are all different from one another and in the end its these differences that save them as they all bring different strengths and skills to this horrible situation. Where there things I would have done differently? Absolutely. But I am not them. I was not there. If I was, who knows what I might have done. I do know that I probably would have found a smaller, less windowy room to sleep in as a group. I do know that I would have been more worried about the roof than they were. All that snow, foot after foot after foot, piling up on the flat roof, weighing it down? Yeah….I’d have been so paranoid! But that would have been my father’s fault and the stories of bad winters he’d tell when I’d ask why people were shoveling snow off a roof while driving places after a storm in the winter.
Trapped was well written and with the main story itself I find few flaws but for me it ended way too soon. When I turned the last page was I confused and had many thoughts running through my head. What happened next? What happened to the kids? To their parents? To the town? I really would have loved this story to got one one more chapter to sum up the after affects of the storm. Because without that the story just feels unfinished. Like all this tension was built up but instead of a bang on release there is just this little poof and it left me unsatisfied as I expected more. You won’t be wasting your time if you read this book and I really can’t stress enough how one should read it while there is snow around because I just don’t think it would have the same feel to it if read on a beach in the middle of July. I liked Trapped, I didn’t love it, but I liked it and now I think I’m going to have to find where I stuck Norhtop’s other book, Gentleman, and add it to my must read sooner rather than later section of Mt TBR. Really, that clone I ordered can come any day…
That said, I must now go out and shovel off the additional 12 inches of snow that fell last night. off my balcony…I’m telling you this book is cursed and every time I touch it, it snows. *sighs*