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Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two every cruise has different passengers, after all.
But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.
Look for the thrilling sequel, The Hunted, in bookstores now
Praise for The Living
De la Pena has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel. -Entertainment Weekly, A-
Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Pena can uncork delicate but vivid scenes. The New York Times
The Living] is special because of its extraordinary protagonist, Shy, who I haven t been able to shake from my mind in the weeks since I read the book. -John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
"There's no way to classify The Living. It's everything I love mixed into one fantastic, relentless, action-packed story. As always with Matt, the characters are the best part. So real. I loved this book."-James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
STAR] "An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred
STAR] "An excellent, enthralling ride...a great read for those looking for adventure and survival stories."-VOYA, Starred
A Pura Belpre Author Honor Award Winner
An ALSC Notable Children's Book Pick"
- ISBN-13: 9780385741200
- ISBN-10: 0385741200
- Publisher: Delacorte Pr
- Publish Date: November 2013
- Page Count: 311
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.75 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-07
- Reviewer: Staff
De la Peña (I Will Save You) delivers near-constant action, a high body count, and a compelling cast of characters in this socially aware thriller. Shy Espinoza’s summer gig working on a luxury cruise ship is not going as planned. On his first voyage, he witnesses a suicide up-close and personal; now he’s having nightmares, and a mysterious man in black wants to know what the dead man told Shy before he slipped through his fingers into the ocean. Back in California, Shy’s nephew has been diagnosed with the mysterious, border-jumping disease that killed his grandmother. Then, in the wake of a massive environmental catastrophe, Shy struggles to survive in a waterlogged life raft with Addie, a spoiled rich girl who just a few days earlier was out of his league; what follows only deepens the mystery about the events battering Shy’s life. De la Peña injects his hybrid natural/medical disaster novel with sharp commentary on social injustice, classism, and discrimination, and the effects of the story’s many calamities set the stage for a planned sequel. Ages 14–up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writer’s House. (Nov.)