Seven friends head out to the backcountry to do some skiing and hiking. How many are going to make it home?
Matt Ruban should have been heading to Florida, but instead he's with his best friend, Tony, in the Rockies. A ski trip with new friends seems like it will take his mind off his fight with his dad. It helps that some of those new friends are cute girls. One of those cute girls, Leah, even seems to like him. The ski trip starts well enough, even if Matt and Tony do discover they're out of shape, but when an avalanche interrupts their path, they find themselves fighting for survival in unforgiving territory. The avalanche is only the beginning of a chain of disasters that threaten their lives and makes them wish they'd never strapped on a pair of skies. Braun (Stranded, 2015) offers a compelling, fast-paced plot with plenty of action. In fact, there's almost too much action—the sheer number of mishaps during a four-day period begins to feel convenient instead of natural. Interesting back stories help the characters (all evidently white) maintain authenticity, and a sense of suspense makes the pages fly by. Braun is talented at describing suspenseful threats, such as the steady approach of a mountain lion that realizes that injury makes a human easy prey.
Just the ticket for readers who like hearty doses of suspenseful adventure. (Adventure. 12-15)