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Hostile Territory

2.27  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In Paul Greci’s Hostile Territory, a catastrophic earthquake strands four teens in the Alaskan wilderness—and leaves them without a civilization to return to.

Josh and three other campers at Simon Lake are high up on a mountain when an earthquake hits. The rest of the camp is wiped out in a moment—leaving Josh, Derrick, Brooke, and Shannon alone, hundreds of miles from the
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Imprint
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: a2, a3e, january, imprint, 2020, e20, 2020arc
Four teens on a wilderness retreat are left alone when an earthquake wipes out their camp.

It's billed as a survivalist story, and I guess it kind of is. The first half, anyway. The second half jumps off into something so different and odd, I half expected them to wake up from a virtual reality sim at the end. (view spoiler) The characters are little more than tropes: one characters knows about everything, one is a gentle giant, one moans and groans but is
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, action, alaska, survival
This fast-paced Alaskan survival story would be a perfect fit for a reluctant teen reader. It starts off quickly and never lets up. Short chapters enhance the book's pace, and there are a lot of interesting facts to glean about Alaska, it's animals, and the environment. Josh, the main character, learns and changes along the way, discovering that leading means more than just being the fittest and the fastest. He learns that he has to rely on others, share power, and consider others' thoughts and ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are not affected by the free copy.

No one is more disappointed than I am about me having to put this on my DNF pile. Though I technically did read the ending, I stopped about halfway through and skimmed pages after that. Maybe it's partly my fault for not reading the whole synopsis of this book and just going in assuming it was going to be a simple tale of survival. But yeah,
Jack Flannery
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Should’ve stuck with survival. The two situations did not blend well and the second half of the book was way less interesting. Characters and set up were alright and the survival part was believable enough and fun. After that this book sorta sucks. like, a lot.
Senior, high-school-age characters, but middle school interest.

Wilderness survival story that is jam-packed obstacles ... no letting things breathe.

Characters were flat, two-dimensional.

Problems and resolutions (the whole "survival" story part) were boring. No creative problem-solving a la Hatchet or The Martian.

Very very didactic; people (neither adults nor teenagers) just do not act or talk like this! (Not a quote from the book but basically stuff like: "We are having a disagreement. Let us
Kim McGee
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
A small group of teens on a solo camping trip find themselves trapped in the wilderness after an earthquake wipes out their base camp and some of their friends. The ragtag group of four must hike it out to civilization before they become snack food to the local wildlife or they starve. The survival part was interesting but I lost interest after it turned into a paramilitary maneuver instead of just getting out of the wilderness type of story. While I think it will appeal to some teens who need a ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-copyright
Josh is on the last part of his leadership camp--a solo night in the wilderness--when an earthquake destroys the rest of camp. Josh and three others leave the campsite and head into the Alaskan wilderness in a race for survival against the elements, starvation, and time.

Hostile Territory had a solid, albeit familiar premise. Unfortunately, the execution fell flat. There was way too much time jumping between chapters to be effective. Okay for middle school readers, but just not solid enough
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say this book split off about halfway into WTF territory and completely lost me. The first half was a fairly compelling survival story, but midway all survival issues are fixed and it jumps into an off the wall political/military action story. I think the book would have been stronger if the author spent more time on the teens realistically trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness rather than trying to merge two pretty unlikely plots together.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Stilted, full of clunky dialogue, odd time lapses and way too much telling rather than showing. I had hoped this might be a book that might appeal to some of my more reluctant readers in school but it just doesn't hold together. Shame, because the initial premise isn't awful. For those looking for something similar but better, I recommend Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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