Horizon. survival is no game. by Scott Westerfeld
Horizon. survival is no game. by Scott Westerfeld. Pub. Scholastic, 2017.
This can only be the beginning of a new series because the end is inconclusive and elusive to the reader who is kept guessing all the way through the novel.
It is a science fiction/adventure novel with survival a major theme and is aimed at intermediate, junior secondary readers.
The novel begins with an unusual airplane crash by an aircraft en route from USA to Japan. In mid flight over the Arctic the aircraft is sliced through from nose to tail by something weird and crashes in a lush and dangerous jungle. How could this be?
Furthermore during the ripping of the fuselage all 500 adults disappeared leaving behind 8 teenagers and there seemed to have been some sort of electric selection system that decided who survived. Could this be true?
The teenagers wonder where they are. The plants and animals seem to indicate they are on Earth but two moon like lights in the sky suggest another planet. As the teenagers face what has happened to them they find an anti gravity device which allows them to explore the surroundings and they encounter a flesh eating vine and birds with razor sharp beaks that hunt in a flock.
Cool heads are needed to get out of this because if they got there, there has to be a way back. Read it and find out.
Imaginatively written by Scott Westerfeld, this series will be a winner.