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It is a certainty that given the global dependence on electric power, a large percentage of the world's population would be ill-prepared if something as catastrophic as an earth-wide power failure should occur. Yet, this is what has happened in this book, and in addition to her family problems, teenage Taylor must find ways to survive in a world devoid of electricity or electronics.
Ice queen is the third novel in the teenage survivalist series by author Julie L. Casey. In this book, she tells the story of Taylor, a teenager who is saddled with junkie parents and an equally addicted older brother named Irvine. When one day, the sun spews electromagnetic waves that destroy the earth’s power grid, all equipment and gadgets that depend on electricity stop working. Being no stranger to survival as her parents have not exactly been in a position to take care of her, she has to go with her family to live on her uncle’s hog farm. The account of Taylor’s survival as told in this book makes a very interesting read.
Initially, I was worried that I would be unable to fully understand this story due to the fact that I chose to read book three first. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that each of the books in this series tells the survival story of a different individual when the world experiences power failure. This writing style is one that will definitely appeal to the books’ target audience. Also, the entire story is told in the first person narrative from the viewpoint of a teenage girl; this will make it easy for teenage readers to find themselves immersed in the story.
This captivating story teaches resilience in the face of adversity. It reinforces the truth that bleak situations are not the end of the world. Taylor’s mental strength and the way she quickly picks up survival skills serves to remind young girls that being female does not in any way equate to being weak. On the contrary, there is a reversal of roles as she is the one who most times has to look out for her family, especially her mother and brother.
For being one of the most entertaining and educative books I've read, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The entire account is properly sequenced and looks professionally edited. I most definitely would love to read another teenage survivalist story.
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