The Survivors (Sequel to Memory Boy)

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The Survivors (Sequel to Memory Boy)
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Release Date
January 31, 2012
ISBN
978-0060094768
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Two years ago, the ash started falling like gray snow. The volcanoes had erupted. . . .

For Miles and his sister, Sarah, the real disaster started in the violent aftermath—when they were forced to leave their cushy suburban home and flee to the north woods for safety. Miles got them to a cabin, but now winter is setting in. All they have to get them through is the milk from Sarah’s prized possession—her goat—and Miles’s memory of wilderness survival skills.

When Sarah tries to regain some normalcy by attending the local school, she realizes she is no longer quite the person she used to be. Now she is Goat Girl, a Traveler, and it’s hard to pretend she isn’t. And when a horrific twist of fate robs Miles of his memory, he discovers the heart of his true identity. They knew the volcanoes would change the world. Now, in order to survive, they must change with it.

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Great book on importance of family strength
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Let me start off by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, Memory Boy. However, I was able to follow along easily in this book. I was impressed that Mr. Weaver is able to write a sequel that could easily be a stand alone book, that is not always the case with multiple books in a series.

When I first started the book I had a hard time with the different point of views between Sarah and Miles. I think that was only because I was just getting to know the characters though, and once I got to know them better, I enjoyed the two POV's very much.

Miles, Sarah, and their parents have escaped the suburbs to live in a tiny shack out in the middle of nowhere after a massive volcano causes a huge disruption in everyone's lives. The family has gone "off the grid" so to speak and it just trying to survive completely on their own. Mile thrives off this, however Sarah does not. Sarah longs for school, friends, the mall, and modern necessities such as hot water. I enjoyed the different feelings of all the characters on this issue and thought it gave the story more depth. It was nice to read a book where all the characters were going through the same tragedy, however they all felt differently about it.

When Sarah starts school, things change a bit. She meets a few new "friends" who turn out to be not her friends at all. However, she meets Ray though, she meets a true friend and I really adored their relationship. Ray didn't care if Sarah was rich, or off the grid, or where she came from like the other people at school do. He just wanted to be her friend. I really enjoyed his character and think he is a great role model for young teenage boys. It's not easy to find a teenager (let alone a boy) who doesn't judge you. I really liked reading about their relationship growth and struggles.

Overall, this book was ok. It didn't leave with me a desire to read "Memory Boy", but I did enjoy this book and think it's a great book about family values and the importance of sticking together through thick and thin.
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