Thursday, August 30, 2007

Survival Op: The Fear in the Wilderness by Scott Allen

A runaway boy named Marcus is kidnapped in the dead of night. He is drugged and taken to a top secret government operations base in the Bermuda Triangle. There he is forced to live out in the wilderness for a program called Survival Op. Survival Op. is a branch of the government whose job it is to study the stress levels of how surviving impacts a soldier. Once he begins his journey, Marcus meets a girl his age named Lynn, with her help he begins to adjust to the wilderness. The only problem is, they aren't alone.

The beginning of this book seemed to drag on forever. Once you get to page 80, though, the action begins to pick up. One thing that bothered me was that the main characters were supposed to be about 14, but they didn't talk like people that age really do. They barely used contractions and sometimes it felt like the author was trying too hard to make them seem realistic as teenagers. The ending didn't provide adequate resolution to the problem, because it left the reader wanting more. I felt as though it could have gone a little longer. I would recommend it only to the people who will have enough patience to get through the tedious start.

There is occasional violence which can be graphic.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA United States

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