Horizon (Horizon, Book 1)

Horizon (Horizon, Book 1)

by Scott Westerfeld


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545916783
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Horizon , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 87,460
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.

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Horizon (Horizon, Book 1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Team Killbot of Brooklyn, after winning the US robot soccer finals, is off to Japan for the next round of competition. Yoshi Kimura, after stealing a precious family heirloom, is dreading returning to Japan, his father's home, where a devastating punishment is sure to await him. Kira and Akiko, Japanese twins who were sent off to a Swiss boarding school, are eager to return home to Tokyo. Caleb, a logical older teenager, is also on the same plane to Tokyo as Yoshi, Kira, Akiko, and Team Killbot. What do these eight children have in common? They're all survivors of a supernatural plane crash in what's supposed to be the Artic, but instead looks like a South American jungle. The little food they could salvage from the plane crash is running out, and water is scarce. The jungle is chock-full of dangerous and deathly organisms, including carnivorous vines and "shredder birds", which are just as frightening as their name entails. Anything could be the difference between life and death for these children, and time is running out. I was prepared for nightmares at the beginning of this book. I don't usually like survival books, especially if they're frightening. And so, I had very low expectations. I think I can safely say that Horizon surpassed my hopes by a long shot. It is intriguing and suspenseful, with well-fleshed out characters and a delightful mystery complete with plenty of red herrings. The tiny clues embedded throughout the novel eventually come together to form a beautiful and supernatural enigma. This book actually sounds like it's being narrated by the teenagers, which is, I believe, almost impossible. somehow, though, Scott Westerfeld pulls it off without any problem. He doesn't make his characters too naïve, but still manages to keep the flaws of the teenage mind. It's the perfect balance, and it adds a dimension to this story that somehow makes it more believable. All in all, this was a very well-written book. Fans of The Hunger Games and sci-fi classics would be as delighted with this novel as I was. This is definitely a book I would read again and have just as much fun reading it the second time as the first. You should definitely give this a go, even if you don't usually like survival or sci-fi stories. It's a wonderfully written book that will not disappoint. Salonee V., 12, Metropolitan Washington Mensa
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