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Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083

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The wind and snow blow so hard, you can't see your hand in front of your face. Your heating fuel is nearly gone, and so is your food. How do you survive?

Five fourteen–year–olds face this desperate situation on a deadly journey in Antarctica. It is 2083. They are contes–tants on a reality TV show, Antarctic Survivor, which is set up to re–create Robert F. Scott's 1912 doome...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by HarperTeen (first published April 1st 2005)
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"Surviving Antarctica" is about the adventure of five fourteen year old teenagers who try to trek through... well, Antarctica. In 2083 the only way to get a further education besides high school is the toss, which is basically a chance game with dice, and if you win you get a further education but if you lose then you don't. Also, in 2083 the government has found that making everything happen through television (school, entertainment, etc.) is much more cost effective and much less violence prov...more
Great concept, but it must have been difficult to write a 300-page book at a 3rd grade reading level. The language lacks the emotional complexity I've come to expect from good YA, instead relying on short sentences and simple characters with Frog and Toad-era depth. Somebody rewrite this one well, please.
I really wanted to like this one because, you know, Antarctica. And this was a great idea: a futuristic society where reality TV has gone to horrifying new levels AND Antarctica? Sounds good to me. Unfortunately, the poor execution was apparent early on.

Although I don't claim to be an expert on Antarctica, I have read a couple of thorough and thoroughly convincing books on the subject, but there were few parts of this book that felt authentic. I could have forgiven the lack of world-building and...more
Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Hunger Games trilogy
Recommended to Jessica by: Diane
In a future where television replaces a school education, citizens sign up for chances to be on re-creations of historical events in a reality tv series known as Historical Survivor. But Survivor's ratings are slipping and the Secretary of Entertainment needs a new idea to get the public's attention. So she creates a script recreating the tragically fatal 1911 quest for the South Pole, complete with pre-programmed catastrophes mimicking the original trek. Then she casts five 14-year-olds, with t...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
The year is 2083, and American civilization as we know it no longer exists. Years back, the government went bankrupt, crime rates soared, riots and urban trash wars broke out. With the idea that better television programming would keep people in front of their TV's, thus reducing crime and keeping people happy, a new branch of government was formed... the Department of Entertainment.

Public schools are no more, all schooling is now done through TV, up until high school. (If you aren't rich, then...more
In 2083, until 8th grade, kids attend teleschool. They watch reality television that is loosely designed to teach them things—Historical Survivor, Dialing for Dollars, and more. Kids who want to continue their education—the only way to really make anything of yourself—is to attempt the Toss, a roll of the dice that determines if you will receive a government scholarship.

Polly, Robert, Grace, Andrew and Billy have lost their Tosses, and have been chosen to be the participants in Historical Surviv...more
This was my second time through this one. I really liked it the first time as well. 5 young people are chosen at random to participate in a reality TV re-creation of Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. The unlikely and unprepared group has to pull together and learn each others' strengths in order to succeed. Working against them is the ratings-obsessed head of the Department of Entertainment which doubles as the Department of Education - education being limited to "teleschool" and stop...more
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I thought this was a really enjoyable book. It wasn't one that I couldn't put down (like the Inkheart trilogy) but I still thought it was really great! It wasn't depressing or stressful like I thought it was going to be, even though the kids were traveling through Antarctica. It also had a lot of history that I would have never learned about otherwise.
This was a mediocre young adult book. Very good premise, but poor execution (you can tell it was the author's first book).

However, that is reading this as an adult. As an early teen, I imagine I would have loved this book.

My only substantive complaint about this book is that just as the story was building up nicely, it got chopped off at the knees and ended very abruptly. The author either ran out of steam or the publisher said to make it shorter. Either way, it killed the book.

If you liked the...more
Books like this kill me. I mean the author comes up with such a fantastic idea. I mean kids trekking in Antarctica for money, very unique.

My first problem was on the very first page. I've read other reviews and I'm surprised that no one else saw this. A prologue is not the first chapter nor is it to be used as a background one. It is simply a part of the story that is way ahead to grab onto our attention.

The writing was pathetic. As a critic on a few online websites, I have read worse. But thi...more
Survival 101: How to live in Antarctica
The book is Surviving Antarctica 2083 by Andrea White. I believe that the main theme of Surviving is that no matter what happens or what troubles are thrown at you, you can do anything. You should always stand up for what you believe in.
I really loved this book. It takes place in 2 places, Antarctica and Washington D.C, and there are 6 main characters. They are Polly, Andrew, Grace, Billy, Robert, and Steven. The Antagonist is the Secretary of Entertainme...more
I thought this was a fun one: a quick read and reminded me of the YA books I used to read in the early 80s (the book about the guy who was hired to lead a hunter and found out he is the one being hunted, the book about the kids who are put into a house of stairs and conditioned through lights to respond in certain ways to get food.. books I remember picking up at the school library but are long gone from my bookshelf.) I'll turn this one back to the thrift stores from whence it came, but it made...more
(If we're going on a witch hunt, I'd wave this book at Suzanne Collins before I'd wave Battle Royale. Just sayin'. But I wouldn't wave anything at her; I still think it's weird how upset some people got over the BR/HG thing. And I try to avoid witch hunts.)

Goodwill's having a five-for-a-dollar deal on their books. (That's been "today only" for about a month.) I had seven books in my arms. Instead of deciding which two to put back, I picked up three more.

Cause that's how I roll.

That's why my book...more
In the year 2083, everyone lives in front of the TV. That's how they're educated, entertained, and controlled. The most popular show on TV is the "Survivor" series, and shows are made based on historical events. This seasons's installment is "Surviving Antarctica," and to boost slumping ratings, five 14-year-old kids have been selected as the cast of the show.

I found the writing style of this book to be a bit more elementary than "young adult." Plus, in some ways it was quite tedious, as in many...more

Ok, this book has to win the worst title award. Surviving Antarctica Reality TV 2083? Somebody at Eos didn't think that this book would sell unless they stated as much of the plot as they could before opening the book. That title is awkward and silly.

The only reason I gave this book a chance is because it was reviewed well by Dan Shade (you can find his other reviews at ). I don't always agree with his reviews but he doesn't give a positive review to a poorly writte...more
The cover says it all. Really, it does. Why, oh, why did I pick this up when the cover was so awful that I could hurl it into a deep pit just glancing at it!? In fact, the entire time I was reading it I hid the cover from my mom in the car. The plot. Sad, sad, sad little imitation of... well the Hunger Games. This would all make sense if only this book were published about three years later when the Hunger Games were actually out. But with something like that out there, why even bother with this...more
First Line: "What chance did Stephen Michael have of winning his Toss?"

This book was interesting enough to finish but I will likely forget it promptly. The idea is interesting: reality tv has gotten out of hand and uses real people in real dangerous situations to teach students who watch television instead of attending public school. The group of kids in this story are the first non-adults to participate. Many do so in order to have a chance to go to high school and college rather than getting a...more
The year is 2083. Education has turned into something only for the wealthy or those fortunate enough to win the lottery. Grace, Billy, Robert, Andrew and Polly unfortunately did not get chosen in the lottery to go on to high school and college. For them work was the next option, unless you applied for and got accepted as a contestant on the new reality TV show Antarctic Adventure. Each of these kids applies to be a contestant because of the cash prize of $10,000 if they survive and $100,000 if t...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"En un futuro en el que toda la educación básica se imparte a través de la televisión, el programa estrella es "Superviviente histórico", un reality show que recrea episodios históricos hasta el mínimo detalle. Igual que la gente que vivió en la época, los concursantes pueden llegar a contagiarse de la peste negra medieval o morir en el fuego cruzado de la primera guerra mundial. En este contexto, cinco adolescentes son elegidos para participar en un programa que recrea la expedición de Scott a...more

One of the great things about this book are the details. Two moons in the sky, Alaska is a nuclear waste dump, Superpox, The Fair Society, Urban Trash Wars, the history is all there. I also enjoyed the direct quotes from Scott's Journals, I found that an excellent way to emotionally connect the reader to the actual risks the kids were facing.

I also loved how varied the characters were. From the morally conflicted yet caring Steve, to the cold-hearted vain Secretary,...more
4.5 stars. Set in America, 2083, where kids are now educated by television and only a lucky few are randomly given scholarships for education past their fourteenth birthday, the Department of Entertainment has set up a series of reality TV shows showing contestants in a historical event - the building of the Pyramids, the Civil War, WWI, and now in Antarctica. Five fourteen-year-olds are chosen for this latest show, the first starring kids, and they're sent to Antarctica to try and survive under...more
Aug 06, 2014 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Debbie Schlueter
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As I am sure many other people have said, this sort of reminded me of The Hunger Games when I first read the description. After you read it though, it's not much like THG at all.

This book is set in the future, in 2083 as the title does say, and when you're 14 instead of going straight to high school and college, you must play the dice in order to see if you win a scholarship to have the money to do so. So you have a 50/50 chance and all is fair. School before that consists of just watching tele...more
The year is 2083 and TV is the focus of the nation. After all it was only after the secretary of education created better programing that the wars and crime stopped in this country. The public schools have been closed and children now learn from edu-tv. The government is broke, the country is basically in shambles with too many poor and only a few wealthy. Once you turn 14 you roll a dice and if you get the pre-picked number you win more education, if not you must get to work. The Historical Sur...more
Raven Lucero
This review does contain spoilers. But, I refuse to hide it because I'm too lazy to click on the ones that are hidden, so I think other people might be the same way.

When I first picked up this book, I wasn't really expecting much. My school librarian had actually given it to me for free, so I wasn't sure if I would like it anyway. Also, any time I see the words "Reality TV," I think of Snookie, Honey Boo Boo, and the Kardashians.

Seriously, why are those people filmed? I'm way more awesome than...more
Natalie A
This is a good book if you love survival books. Five 14 year-olds are chosen to survive in Antartica. And exactly would you want to be chosen to survive Antartica? They needed the prize money. And who would send these kids out to Antartica to survive? The Secretary of Entertainment, all to make a TV show. She wants them to recreate Robert F. Scott’s journey to the South Pole, all for her TV series Historical Survivor. The journey is dangerous enough by itself, without the Secretary making it eve...more
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 is an exciting dystopian adventure novel by Andrea White. Surviving Antarctica is set in the 2083, where children don't go to school. They learn everything they need to by watching television. Five kids are selected to be the stars of an educational reality program called Antarctic Historical Survivor. They are sent to Antarctica where they have to try to survive an expedition to the South Pole, facing some of the same conflicts that Robert Scott faced on hi...more
Jun 11, 2012 Jasmine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger Young Adults
The year is 2083, and the world has become a place where all education is taught at home, through the TV. Schools don’t exist until unversity/college, and only the rich get to go. There is a dice rolling competition each year that sponsors those who win, to go to school and continue their education.

The TV networks run shows similar to ‘Survivor’, and they decide to run one where they send a handful of 14 year olds out to Antarctica to re create Scotts journey to the pole.

it’s a deadly journey, a...more
A corrupted government. Five fourteen-year-olds. One deadly mission. Surviving Antarctica Reality TV 2083 takes place 72 years in future where kids are lucky if they go to high school and where most people have never eaten real bacon, instead having to make do with bacon chips. After the Urban Trash Wars, wages by poor people to protest their hard lives, the Department of Entertainment was created to teach kids through EduTV. Now english is taught through Tele-Novelas, math through Dialing for D...more
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