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The Survivors

The Survivors

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by Will Weaver

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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


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.

Will Weaver delivers an extraordinary sequel to Memory Boy, showing that several basic instincts lie deep inside us all: love, fear, and survival.

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VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Will Weaver is known for his skill at writing great adventure stories, and this sequel to Memory Boy (HarperCollins, 2001/VOYA August 2001) is just as intriguing. After a series of catastrophic volcanoes that have devastated the landscape, the world has turned into survival of the fittest. Gas and food are scarce, and some have turned to looting to survive. Miles Newell and his family were forced to flee their home and pleasant lifestyle in Minnesota to a cabin in the north woods. Now it is two years later and without basics like heat and electricity, they are ill-equipped for the impending winter. Miles's sister Sarah is nostalgic for their old life and is having difficulty adapting to their new existence. She misses school and decides to attend the local school made up of other survivor kids, but her attempts to fit in with local kids cause her to learn a hard lesson about her perception of this new society. Miles has become a skilled hunter who hasembraced the family's new existence, but an accident threatens his ability to remember things in great detail. Sarah and her family get the opportunity to return to their cabin in Birch Bay, which had been originally taken over by squatters, and are confronted with the harsh reality of how life has completely and irreversibly changed. This is an exciting and interesting portrait of a family's struggle to live in a post-apocalyptic world. Weaver's portrayal of a teen's reaction to living in a desperate world is thought-provoking. Readers will find this to be an interesting sequel and perhaps look forward to more about the Newell family. Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—In this sequel foreshadowed a decade ago in the popular Memory Boy (HarperCollins, 2001), the author deftly interweaves the Newell family dynamics with changes wrought by the post-volcanic apocalypse. Travel restrictions, rationing, black markets, and a vague but pervasive feeling of unease dominate the emerging culture. Guns pretty much equal power. Conflicts between the capable but sometimes bossy Miles and his resentful younger sister, Sarah, as well as with their fairly oblivious parents, are resolved as circumstances require the siblings to learn new skills to wrest a living from the environs of their cabin hideaway in the Minnesota North Woods. Sarah proves to be a quick study, and it is she who develops a tender first-love interest, and later, with her formerly laid-back father, propels the family forward into a world that, while still uncertain, finds them more empowered. Told from a third-person point of view in alternating chapters titled "Miles" and "Sarah," a technique that effectively highlights their differing perspectives, this quick-reading and satisfying tale is not as persistently dark as Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It (Harcourt, 2006), but is thoroughly plausible. It should appeal to readers of futuristic fiction as well as those with an interest in hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. The chapters related to deer hunting are detailed with particular veracity.—Joel Shoemaker, formerly at South East Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
Kirkus Reviews
A family fleeing rapidly degenerating social order caused by world-changing volcanic eruptions finds respite and new heart in this well-crafted sequel to Memory Boy (2001). Driven from their comfortable home outside Minneapolis in the previous episode by increasingly brutal hard times and a rising tide of lawlessness, the Newells have taken refuge in an isolated cabin in the north woods--knowing that they have to adapt to radically changed living conditions, and also to keep from being identified by local residents as homeless "Travelers" to be hustled along, or worse. Fortunately, eighth-grader Sarah and her equally urbanized, floundering parents have big brother Miles to lean on, with his tough, commonsense outlook, ready shotgun and a photographic memory stocked with information on living off the land. But they can't always be dependent on him, as they discover when he is sidelined by a devastating injury. Weaver paints a realistic picture of life without electricity or plumbing, from the constant labor required to keep the wood pile stocked to killing and dressing a deer. And, even more compellingly, in the Newells' contacts with others, he portrays a society in which some struggle to maintain cherished values and stability while others succumb to increasing suspicion, parochialism and desperation. Sobering, thoroughly credible and, ultimately, optimistic about the chances of our better natures triumphing when the going gets rough. (Science fiction. 10-13)

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Meet the Author

Will Weaver is an award-winning fiction writer. His latest novel is The Survivors, a sequel to his popular young adult novel Memory Boy. His other books include Full Service, Defect, Saturday Night Dirt, Super Stock Rookie, Checkered Flag Cheater, Claws, and the Billy Baggs books Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball, all of which are ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Formerly an English professor at Bemidji State University, he lives in northern Minnesota, a region he writes from and loves. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking with his family and friends.

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The Survivors 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading Will Weavor's first book, Memory Boy, and enjoyed reading it so much that I went in search of more books by this author. This book reminded me of a, Mark Twain read, for the 21st century. Excellent work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both of the books in this series and they were amazing. I have also met Will. He came to my library in Litchfield, Minnesota. He signed my hardcover copy of this book. He is amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Keep on writing, Will!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like a good book. In need more coments to convince me though. PLEASE MORE COMENTS! IS THE BOOK GOOD? BAD? SAD? FUNNY? LAME? i want an exciting story with violence and stuff. Thanx, M