The Living

The Living

Book - 2013
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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.
Published: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375989919
0375989919
9780385741200
0385741200
9780375984358
Branch Call Number: YA DEL
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,22 cm

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mustanghss
Apr 26, 2017

Similar to the comments of the other posts, I too felt that the "perfect storm" of catastrophic events required a stretch for the imagination. However fantastical the situation and setting may be, it did not stop me from reading this compelling fast-paced novel. I really liked the pace and the character development in "The Living" and was amused by its sense of humor. The writer integrates a number of very critical issues affecting our communities today; the need for universal and quality healthcare for all people and economic and educational opportunities for the underclass. De la Pena crafts a very good read for the young adult reader in particular, however, the story gravitates once too many times into the overtly heterosexual escapades of our main character, Shy, who does not seem too bashful about his desires. Nothing wrong with desires but it is presented too many times and a constant reminder of the character's sexual needs. Aside from that minor detail which can alienate LGBT fans, such as myself, of De la Pena, its a great book and I greatly anticipated its sequel, "The Hunted".

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IleahK
Aug 16, 2015

This book is a thought-experiment about some of the greatest societal fears - disease and infection, corruption and corporate agendas, natural disasters and The Big One. It seemed like it was trying to throw too much into one story. In a single day, four or five monumentally life-changing things happen to our main character, the sort of things that don't ever happen to a normal person, all of which are totally unrelated and coincidental. From there, the story seems to drag on, and we're finally left with a very purposeful cliff-hanger ending in order to promote the book's sequel. Also, having a male character named Shy isn't a smart decision in a printed story, as I misread it as "she" almost every time it was used at the start of a sentence. I will say that this book made me want to work on a cruise ship, somewhat ironically.

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King_Cobra_1201
May 26, 2015

It's an awesome and reminds me of the Life of Pi, only much more better.

ChristchurchLib Jan 07, 2014

"With a cushy job on a cruise ship, Shy Espinoza's summer is looking good. Not only is he spending time with his beautiful crush, Carmen, he's also earning money to help his nephew get treatment for Romero Disease, the pandemic that's raging through California. But then a devastating tsunami smashes the ship, and Shy's everyday concerns are replaced by the fierce desire to survive. Authentic characters anchor the breathtaking action in this provocative and utterly gripping thriller, the first in a planned two-book series. For another gritty, post-apocalyptic read, try The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer." Teen Scene January 2014 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=718673

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Jul 22, 2015

While Shy is working on a cruise ship, a massive earthquake hits California and sends a tsunami out.

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Jul 22, 2015

While Shy is working on a cruise ship, a massive earthquake hits California and sends a tsunami out.

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