Stranded by Jeff Probst

Stranded - Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts

I was so excited to read this novel, I had heard so many things about it and most of the reviews about it were great yet after I read it, I was disappointed. Let me start off first by saying what I liked about the novel. I liked that it was short and that will appeal to many children who don’t like to read. The cover is fantastic too and people will be attracted to the book because of that. I liked the diversity among the children; they each had something to offer to the story and made them unique. What I didn’t enjoy was that I didn’t think there wasn’t any character development in the story; I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. They all were there, existing and I heard them talking and interacting but no one moved me. I also felt like there was no consistency in the book. The scene with the boat went on for pages and pages but yet when they landed on the island, the newness of that and the scene that greeted them didn’t get the sparkle, I thought it deserved. As they arrive on land, I thought the children seemed okay with the situation, like they are adults; their maturity level was outstanding for the situation at hand and it surprised me considering everything. Perhaps I analyzed the situation too much, have seen too many reality shows but things just didn’t click. I definitely won’t be reading anymore of this series. I think this would be a good book for elementary children.