Trapped Reviews from Rowan, Brandon and Zarkash

Trapped Reviews from Rowan, Brandon and Zarkash

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Read on to see what some of our Atomics thought about Trapped by Michael Northrop! If you’d to read more, click here for the full list of reviewers!

Atomic: Rowan

Age: 12

Personally, I really enjoyed this book, but took a while for me to get sucked in. Overall, If you want a good book, read through this and you would be surprised at the end. Do NOT expect a happy ending – it is not a fully happy ending. Each chapter page has a simple design that is almost guaranteed to make you smile. The only thing I dislike about it is the cover – it looks unpromising, but that’s just a personal thing.


Atomic: Brandan

Age: 13

Trapped is a novel about a group of students trapped in their high school due to snow. Each of them was expecting transport but it never turned up.  I don’t want to go into detail about the plot and I think the title gives you a good idea of what will happen.

I really enjoyed this book because of the simplicity of the idea and it is really well written. I especially like books that tell the story with a character telling what happens.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers. :)


Atomic: Zarkash              

Age: 14

As I read the blurb of the book, I thought about danger, mystery, betrayal and perhaps a hint of romance – those were the ideas that I thought would be present in the book, perfect for a good read.

When I started to read the actual book I fell in love with it, even promising my best friend that she could read it after me. But as I got towards the climax, I just lost interest. The storyline was extremely basic for me; seven kids trapped in a school. Of course danger would be on the way, but to be honest I didn’t care. The danger that did enter wasn’t exactly “Oh my god!” It was more like “So what!”

As the storyline progressed it became repetitive: Scotty wondering how he would survive, Jason being worried about his go-kart and Pete trying to hit on Julie.

Not only was the storyline basic, but there was something missing. Something that would make you remain on the edge of your seat. There was no thrilling moment in the book at all. The ending, personally, was rubbish-no originality.

Despite the lack of uniqueness of the storyline I did like the way the author wrote in first-person. I have read many books which have failed to do it so well. Scotty’s emotions as a teenager where exact, and it sounded as if somebody who I would know was narrating the story to me.

In conclusion, I would rate this book 2 out of 5, for the sheer fact that I didn’t enjoy the book and the basic storyline let down the author’s skill of excellent writing. Northrop used a good way to tell the story, even to explain the emotions like a teenager would, but the concept didn’t meet the standards of the structure.

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